6 Dangerous (and Surprising) Items That Contain Xylitol

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Xylitol in Medications


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Brutlag says most medications that contain xylitol are of the “meltaway” variety. These accounted for 12 percent of xylitol cases referred to a veterinary emergency facility, according to the Pet Poison Helpline—the second most behind gum.


You also might see xylitol in some medications containing melatonin, liquid prescription products, and gummy vitamins.


Xylitol in Lotions, Gels, and Deodorants


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You’re probably thinking, “Wait, why does my deodorant contain an artificial sweetener?” Fair question.


“Xylitol has humectant properties,” Brutlag explains. “This means it can help a product retain moisture, which makes it perfect for products like this.”


Brutlag says this is a relatively new development, meaning even many veterinarians aren’t aware of the dangers of dogs digesting deodorants—at least when it comes to xylitol. As with everything on this list, it’s best to keep such products in a cabinet or on a high shelf—completely out of reach of your four-legged friends.



This article was verified and edited for accuracy by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM

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