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Xylitol - The hidden additive that you need to know about.

Updated: May 17, 2022

We’ve all heard how dangerous Xylitol is for our pooches, but do we really know where to look and what to look for, in order to avoid it?

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol, found in plants (often fruits and vegetables),

and can often be used as a natural sweetener in place of sugar. Besides Xylitol, it also commonly goes by the names of: Birch Sugar, Birch Bark Extract, Sugar Alcohol, Wood Sugar & E967. Xylitol can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure and even in severe cases, death, of our beloved companions.

It may be used by some manufacturers in the creation of the following products:

  • Chewing Gums

  • Mouthwashes

  • Toothpastes

  • as a sugar substitute in Baked Goods

  • Peanut Butter

  • Non-fat Greek Yogurts

As a rule of thumb consumers should check the ingredients of products they are wanting to feed to their pets, particularly if something mentions ‘No Sugar’, ‘Low in Sugar’ or ‘Naturally Sweetened’, as this is commonly used as a natural alternative to sugar.

With manufacturers using different names for Xylitol it can get rather confusing for consumers, when trying to work out if the products you currently buy or want to buy for your pet contain it. But, fear not, we can still watch our furry friends enjoy a tasty treat of peanut butter and the likes by using brands that do not contain Xylitol.

As my pups love a good (albeit occasional) treat of the delicious peanutty spread, I’ve done the hard work for you and found brands that are Xylitol free!

Some safe brands are:

  • Bramwell Smooth, and Bramwell American Style peanut butters (Aldi Brand)

  • Bega Light, Bega Natural and regular Bega peanut butters (formerly Kraft)

  • Coles homebrand peanut butter - 375g and 500g varieties

  • Mayver's peanut butter - Crunchy, Smunchy Natural, Smooth, Dark Roast Smooth and Crunchy varieties

  • Pic's Really Good peanut butter

  • Skippy peanut butter - Smooth and Crunchy

  • Sanitarium peanut butter

  • Woolworths homebrand peanut butter

And, because we are all here for our common love of dogs, here's a picture of my pawfect girls enjoying their delicious (and safe) treat!

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