Xylitol is now used in an increasing number of products. You can find it in household items such as toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. It’s also in many foods, including some you might never expect, such as peanut butter. Peanut butter is especially concerning because many dog owners use it when giving their dogs medication or as a treat.
The peanut butters that contain xylitol are largely specialty brands that are marketed toward body builders or people looking for health foods.
A product commonly given to dogs as a treat could be deadly. A sugar substitute that’s often in gum and mints is now being used in more food and household products than ever before, and owners often have no idea they’re putting their pets at risk.