Xylitol & Our Pets & What doTERRA Product Contain It
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that has become very popular.
It looks and tastes like sugar.
It has a very low glycemic index, so it does not raise blood sugar levels and it does not spike insulin, which for many people is a good thing, especially when we have a sweet tooth.
We have seen a huge increase of this product being used in dental health products, in fact, some dentists will recommend xylitol gum because, unlike sugar, it will not rot your teeth!
You see, the harmful bacteria that uses sugar to grow, cannot use Xylitol and therefore so chewing gum that contains Xylitol helps lower the incidence of gum disease.
Xylitol also helps prevent Candida Albicans, a yeast from sticking to surfaces.
Xylitol is also EXTREMELY TOXIC to dogs leading to liver failure and death in a very short amount of time!
A study was performed on cats to show that no adverse effects were seen physiologically. Having said that, I don’t think I will be giving my cats any products containing Xylitol!
OK, so why am I posting about Xylitol?
So so many people ask about dog breath, cat breath, cleaning of teeth and many response list some of the very basic products we use day to day which people claim to have used on their pets with no side effects. Many of these recommended products contain Xylitol and I just want to remind people 0.1mg (microgram) will launch a dog into toxicity, so no... many of the recommendations were NEVER actually tried.
While people may post what they like, I want to allow you to make informed decisions and to save you the heart ache so please don’t give your pet products unless you have read about them, their contents and have Googled any ingredients you cannot pronounce.
I use doTERRA products every day and many of those products I use day to day!
Floss, toothpaste, gum, beadlets, lozanges, mouthwash! As my friend put it, the On Guard Mouthwash is like ‘Christmas In Your Mouth’. I cannot get enough of that stuff!
Does that mean I will rinse my dog’s mouth with it?
Here is a list of doTERRA products that contain Xylitol and should be kept out of reach of dogs.
- 1. On Guard Toothpaste
- 2. On Guard Mouthwash
- 3. Peppermint Beadlets
- 4. On Guard Beadlets
- 5. PB Assist JR Sachets (the pill is safe)
- 6. Slim & Sassy Gum
With that list, you now know that these products are off limits to dogs and it is just safer to put them in a cabinet under lock and key!
As they say, Out Of Sight, Out of Mind!
I hope that helps.
Questions, let me know! I am happy to help.