Veterinarians Warn this Common Food Could Kill Dogs In Michigan
I love my dogs Benny and Paddy even though they chew up something any time we leave them home alone.
Some of their favorite things to get into and destroy include my wife's shoes and underwear.
I assume it's because they know her scent and it's comforting to them.
Benny and Paddy also love carbs. Several times we've come home and caught them in the act. This is Paddy with a giant hotdog bun in his mouth. When he saw us he just froze in place and pretended we couldn't see him if he didn't move.
Chocolate Almost Killed Our Dog
Before we found our house in Grand Rapids last year, we spent a lot of time with our realtor looking for houses.
On one of those days, we went to check out a house only a few miles away.
In the 30 minutes we were gone, our dog Benny somehow jumped up on the counter and grabbed a pound of pure dark chocolate from Costa Rica.
If you didn't know, chocolate can be deadly to dogs.
Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine. Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine and caffeine as well as people can. That is why dogs are more sensitive to the chemicals' effects.
Thankfully we got them both to the emergency vet in time to have their stomachs pumped. Turns out Benny ate the entire thing of chocolate by himself and poor Paddy had to have his stomach pumped for no reason.
Veterinarians Warn This Common Food Could Kill Dogs In Michigan
Peanut butter that is made with Xylitol could kill your dog.
What Is Xylitol?
If you have no clue what Xylitol is then you're just like me.
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol found in plants, including many fruits and vegetables.
It has a sweet taste and is often used as a sugar substitute.
Doctor Brutlag who is the Associate Director of Veterinary Services at Veterinary Centers of America explained why it's so dangerous to dogs.
Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, or even death in dogs.
What Peanut Butter Brands Contain Xylitol?
To be safe, you should always check the label to make sure it's ok for your dog to eat. These are some of the top peanut butter brands that contain Xylitol.
These are some of the top brands of peanut butter that contain Xylitol:
- Go Nuts Co.
- Krush Nutrition
- Nuts 'N More
- P28 Foods
- Protein Plus PB
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Something Poisonous
If you think your dog ate something poisonous and has symptoms call your vet right away. You can also call the Animal Poison Control line for help.