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Xylitol showing up in certain peanut and nut butters:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is becoming increasingly popular as an additive to various foods. While people enjoy the sweet taste, it can be extremely dangerous to dogs, resulting in a very rapid drop in blood glucose and liver damage. Several specialty peanut and nut butters are now including xylitol in their products. The Pet Poison Hotline is especially concerned because peanut butter is a common treat for dogs and frequently used to hide medications for our pets. So far, mainstream peanut butter brands have not started using xylitol in their formulations. The Poison Hotline is urging pet owners to be vigilant about checking labels and looking for keywords that might indicate that a food contains xylitol. "Sweetened naturally" or "natural sweetner" may also be used on the label to indicate xylitol's presence. "Sugar alcohol" is xylitol's chemical classification, so this is another phrase to look for. When in doubt, don't risk your dog's health by giving a human food that may contain this ingredient.

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