Multiple sources have reported that the accidental dog poisonings in the United States are on the rise, and it appears that one specific food additive has become a leading threat to canines nationwide, largely because most individuals do not realize how dangerous it is.
The additive is called Xylitol, it’s used as an artificial sweetener in a number of popular gums, candies, and snacks, and it is 100 times more toxic to dogs than chocolate!
Veterinary toxicologist Dr. Ahna Brutlag reported via the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that she has personally seen a huge increase in dog injuries related to Xylitol ingestion, and that calls to the Pet Poison Helpline are now ten times what they were just a few years ago.
Below you’ll find a list of some common foods that include Xylitol, but this list is NOT comprehensive.
PreventativeVet.com is working on a full list of foods that include Xylitol, and they are asking dog owners everywhere to help them compile a complete list. You can find a current list HERE, so be sure to check it regularly – and let them know if you find a Xylitol-positive food that isn’t on the list!
!!DANGER!! Foods To Keep Away From Dogs
- Sugar-free gum (Popular brands with xylitol include Orbit, Mentos, Ice Breakers, Pür, Starbucks, Stride, Nicorette and Trident)
- Peanut Butter (Popular brands with xylitol include Go Nuts, Co, Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘N More, P28 Foods, Protein Plus PB)
- Certain medications (Popular brands with xylitol include Allegra, Gummy Vites and Nature’s Plus)
- Throat lozenges
- Breath strips
- Hard candies
- Some yogurts
- Some protein bars
Healthy Food, Healthy PUP
We all want our PUPs to remain happy, healthy, and full of energy. Food plays a major role in the overall health and mood of your PUP. While it may be difficult for us to stay away from some of the foods that are bad for us, dogs love to eat and will mostly eat whatever we feed them. If we provide them with a good food source and keep a watchful eye for what we might leave within their reach or even what others leave behind as we take them out in the world our PUPs can remain healthy and strong.