If you haven’t already figured it out, dogs love peanut butter. It is such a great snack to stuff into their Kong or Water Buffalo Horn, a great disguise for their medications and just in general a fun treat for any time of the day. Whether straight out of the jar or frozen into pupsicles, peanut butter supplies very healthy fats and nutritious vitamins such as E and B.
There is just one thing that is very important to remember. Your dog should consume only all natural peanut butter that is considered raw and does not have any salt added to it. Also make sure to never feed sugar-free or “lite” peanut butter because these are usually sweetened artificially and this is where the problem sets in. Some sweeteners such as xylitol are poisonous to your dog. Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is found in berries, mushroom and trees, however it is also extracted from plants sources and used as a sugar replacer in many low sugar foods.
The reason why you want to avoid any products containing artificial sweetener is because when your dog ingests these products, they go directly into the bloodstream causing an elevated release of insulin which can cause your dog to go into hypoglycemia. If left untreated this can become a life-threatening condition. Ingesting 100 mg of xylitol per kilogram of body weight can result in hypoglycemia and in this situation you would want to contact your vet immediately.
In order to prevent a life-threatening condition and that trip to the vet, make sure you keep xylitol-containing products, such as toothpaste, chewing gum and low-sugar or "lite" items, out of reach. And a good way to make sure you are giving your pup the right stuff is by giving peanut butter just for dogs.. That way you can ensure your dog stays healthy and can enjoy their treat without any risks.
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