PLEASE READ FOOD LABELS FOR THIS TOXIC INGREDIENT. This morning, my email inbox had an urgent alert from Dr. Karen Becker, a Chicago veterinarian. She heads the website Healthypets.com. She tells the story of a 3-year-old Pug named Bruce. When Bruce's owner saw that the dog had become lethargic and an empty tin of sugar-free Mentos nearby, he put Bruce in the car and rushed him to the animal hospital.

At the vets office, Bruce suffered a seizure and his conditions was declining rapidly.  The staff worked quickly and was able to save him but it is still unknown if there is permanent damage to his liver.

The ingredient that caused this life-threatening issues is Xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs. Xylitol is contained in so many products from gum and mints to baket goods, even chewable bitamins and some prescription drugs.

It's easy to say to keep such things away from your pets but some people use peanut and nut butters as a treat or to give pills. The problem is that xylitol has been showing up in these products. Dr. Jason Nicholas of Preventivevet.com has created a list of the nut butters that contain xylitol:

  • Go Nuts, Co.

    • Almond Butter
    • Almond Butter - Chocolate Almond Butter
    • Peanut Butter - Dark Chocolate Mint
    • Peanut Butter - Natural Chocolate Flavor
    • Peanut Butter - Natural Flavor
    • Peanut Butter - Organic Maple Flavor
  • Krush Nutrition

    • Nutty By Nature Peanut Butter Brownie Batter
    • Nutty By Nature Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
    • Nutty By Nature Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie
    • Nutty By Nature Peanut ButterThick & Creamy
  • Nuts 'N More

    • Almond Spread - Almond Butter
    • High Protein + Almond Spread - Almond Butter
    • High Protein + Almond Spread - Chocolate Almond
    • High Protein + Almond Spread - Cinnamon Raisin
    • High Protein + Peanut Spread - Chocolate Peanut
    • High Protein + Peanut Spread - Peanut Butter Flavor
    • High Protein + Peanut Spread - Pumpkin Spice
    • High Protein + Peanut Spread - Toffee Crunch
    • Peanut & Protein Spread - Sesame Cranbutter
    • Peanut Spread - Peanut Butter Flavor
    • Peanut Spread - Toffee Crunch
  • P28 Foods

    • High Protein Spread - Almond Butter
    • High Protein Spread - Banana Raisin
    • High Protein Spread - Peanut Spread
    • High Protein Spread - Signature Blend
  • Protein Plus PB

    • Hank's Protein Plus - Almond Butter
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Banana
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Caramel Pretzel
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Chocolate Chip
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Coconut
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Honey Maple
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Plain
    • Hank's Protein Plus - Snickerdoodle