Sunday, November 1, 2015

Xylitol, Xylitol, Xylitol: Know Where It Can Be Hiding

Xylitol is more dangerous than chocolate, yet less well known about. 

Dr. Jason Nicholas of the Preventive Vet created a great infographic showing how much more chocolate than xylitol-containing sugar-free gum it takes to likely kill a dog

Xylitol poisoning cases are on the rise, because xylitol is making it's way into more and more products. The latest addition to the xylitol containing products are certain brands of peanut butter.

Even fish oil supplements made for people can contain xylitol.

Pretty soon the question isn't going to be what products do contain xylitol, but rather a search for the few that don't. 

I remember my shock when we bought melatonin for Jasmine and found that it also had xylitol in it. Yes, many medications and supplements are now artificially sweetened too.

Why would anybody need their fish oil pill to taste sweet beats me. In the old days, medications tasted horribly. They were supposed to taste horribly. Somehow it added to the feeling that they are really helping. And nobody was taking medication unless they were really sick. What was wrong with that?

We all knew about the chewing gum. At least I hope we all do.

But you can find xylitol in toothpaste, breath fresheners, dental floss, mints, mouth sprays and washes ... xylitol also apparently has some plaque-fighting action and it is included even in some pet dental products.

And just when you thought you couldn't be shocked any more, you find out that xylitol can also be found in baby wipes, baby diapers, nose & face wipes, mints, sunscreen, chapsticks and make-up products.

It's the xylitol apocalypse for our dogs.

Do you know all of the potential hiding places for xylitol? Check out this great info graphic that lists the many places xylitol could be lurking.
Posted by ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Read the labels and keep you dogs safe.

Related articles:
What Happens In The Dog’s Body: Xylitol Poisoning
What Is Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs? Ask Boomer! 
Keep Chewing Gum Away From Your Dog!
Xylitol And The Basset Hound 

Further reading:
Xylitol: The "sugar-free" sweetener your dog NEEDS you to know about
Which Products Contain Xylitol? Here's a List!
Is Peanut Butter Safe For Dogs? Please Beware – Some Could Be Deadly!

Xylitol Awareness Petitions


  1. Thanks for getting this out there! I don't think I've met a dog owner that doesn't know that chocolate is dangerous, but xylitol? I was unaware of the peanut butter issue (which brands contain it?) and am sad to hear that it's in some pet dental products. This is a great subject for dog owners to discuss with their veterinarians - and for vets to discuss with their clients!

    1. The stuff is everywhere :-( The Preventive Vet is trying to keep an updated list of the peanut butters.

      The present list includes the following: Here are the five companies (in alphabetical order): (1) Go Nuts, Co., (2) Hank's Protein Plus Peanut Butter, (3) Krush Nutrition, (4) Nuts 'N More, and (5) P28.