We’re all guilty of giving our four-legged friends scraps from our plates. However, it’s not the best idea to do so because many human foods contain dangerous ingredients for dogs, so it’s always important to stay away from giving your dogs scraps and making sure they eat their food instead. There is a hidden danger that’s a common sweetener in our food – xylitol – which can be deadly for canines. This is something you should be looking out for.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sweetener that has been gaining in popularity, as researchers have found that it limits the risks of cavities, seems to help control insulin levels in diabetics, prevents respiratory infections, and strengthens bones. One of the foods it’s found in most commonly is peanut butter, and a few different manufacturers include it in their products.
What’s the Danger?
While safe for people, xylitol can cause several problems for our furry friends. Xylitol can lead to a serious drop in the blood sugar levels of dogs, a condition known medically as hypoglycemia. Additionally, just a small amount of the substance can lead to serious liver damage in dogs. These conditions can quickly become life threatening, and even fatal.
The Solution is Simple
The simplest solution is the easiest: Don’t give your dog foods with xylitol. By reading your food labels before giving your doodle a taste of your treats, you can prevent problems before they start. There are also some delicious treats you can make using all natural or organic peanut butter options, which are still just as great for your pet as those made with other products. Take a few minutes to check before giving your dog a treat and you’ll have nothing to worry about!
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