Sugar Substitute in Some Nut Butter Products Toxic to Dogs

June 25, 2015

An Oregon veterinarian is waging an educational campaign to inform dog owners about the dangers posed to their pets by xylitol, a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener with one-third the calories of regular sugar that is being used in some nut butter products.

Dr. Jason Nicholas of The Preventive Vet in Portland, OR, may be making headway since he said that his recent blog post about the issue has attracted nearly 500,000 visitors.

“My biggest concern with this and what prompted me to write this article is that awareness is crucial,” he said.

Most dogs like peanut butter and seem to enjoy licking it…