Dogs basically adore peanut butter. If they could suddenly talk, it's probably the first thing they'd ask for. Pet owners love it because it's a versatile tool in their treat arsenal. It's healthy for dogs, can be used to administer medicine, and can even be stuffed inside specialty dog toys to provide an anxious dog with something to work on for a while. Many people have a jar of peanut butter in their pantry just for their pup.
Admit it, you're jealous of this dog right now.
As if pet owners needed another reason to worry, the vigilant animal lovers over at Preventive Vet have recently come across a disturbing new additive making its way into peanut butter (and other nut butters).
The additive known as xylitol (a sugar substitute) has proven to be a boon to humans. It's naturally sourced, safe for diabetics and, unlike sugar, prevents cavities. But for dogs, xylitol is extremely dangerous. Tiny amounts of the sweetener can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar and can lead to liver failure.
This chart shows how such small amounts can lead to big problems:
Preventive Vet has identified two brands already: Nuts 'n More and Krush Nutrition's Nutty By Nature. That doesn't mean these are the only two brands carrying this potentially fatal additive. There are many things we can eat that our furry friends cannot.
Always check ingredient labels when feeding your dog food meant for humans.
If you really want to be safe, it's very easy to make your own fresh peanut butter for you and your pets. Simply roast a pan of peanuts and stick them in the blender with just a pinch of salt.
Your taste buds and your dog will thank you.
Credit: Preventive Vet