Question: Is it safe to hide my dog’s pills in peanut butter and give them that way?
Answer: Yes, provided you use peanut butter that is is free of xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many products. Xylitol poisons dogs in two ways: It induces liver failure, and it releases insulin, which lowers blood sugar levels enough to cause loss of coordination, seizures, and death. There is no specific antidote, but immediate veterinary care is often successful at saving the dog’s life.
As you might expect, sugar-free gums and candies often contain xylitol, as do some chocolate candies, any baked goods, toothpastes, and vitamin supplements, among others.
Remember to read labels, and keep all xylitol-containing products away from dogs.
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