Xylitol Alert: 9 Surprising Products That Contain It

You’re likely aware that xylitol, an artificial sweetener, poses a threat to dogs. However, you might be astonished to discover the various products harboring xylitol, some of which aren’t meant to be consumed.

If you think your dog has ingested anything harmful, dial the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435, available 24/7. Additionally, reach out to your local veterinarian or an emergency vet. (Pro tip: Save these numbers in your phone for quick access!)

1. Packaged Goods & Baking Mixes.
Watch out, pet parents! Xylitol lurks in sugar-free treats like Jell-o, pudding, cake mixes, cookies, ice cream, and yogurt. Be vigilant in your pantry!

all different baking goods

2.  Candies, Gum, & Mints.
Beware of sugar-free treats like gum, mints, and candy—commonly found in purses or on countertops. If your dog snags any, act fast and seek emergency assistance.

candy and sweets

3. Jams, Syrups, Condiments, Honey, & Raw Xylitol.
Watch out for xylitol in pantry staples like jams and honey. Also, keep sugar-free baked goods away from your pup!

jams and honey

4. Chocolate.
When your dog consumes chocolate, it’s an urgent situation. If that chocolate includes xylitol, the danger escalates, with dark chocolate being the prime concern. Immediate action is crucial.

dark chocolate bar

5. Peanut Butter & Nut Butters.
Certain nut butter brands incorporate xylitol as a sugar substitute. While dogs usually enjoy natural peanut butter in moderation, be cautious that your pup’s favorite Kong stuffer is free from this harmful ingredient!

peanut butter and nut butters

6. Dental Products.
Avoid using human toothpaste on your dog as it often contains xylitol, a common sweetener in dental products. Keep these items out of reach to protect your pup’s dental health.

toothpaste going on a tooth brush

7. Medicines, Vitamins, & Supplements.
Consult your vet before allowing your dog to consume any of these items. Many dog parents are unaware that xylitol, among other harmful ingredients, is present in these products.

vitamins and supplements

8. Cosmetics, Body, Face, & Hair Products
Our pups may chew on non-edible items without clear reasons. Hence, inspect your makeup, body, face, and hair products for xylitol and keep them away from your dog’s reach. Even if the products are xylitol-free, swallowing warrants immediate emergency attention.

image showing all mixture of cosmetics

9. Other Surprises.
Discover even more unexpected products with this ingredient. If your pup is a laundry thief, be aware that specific athletic clothing brands may have xylitol. Parents of little ones should also check pacifier wipes and bottle wipes for this surprising ingredient. Who would’ve thought?!

baby wipes and two baby bottles


I’ve gathered this compilation of xylitol-containing products from preventativevet.com. For detailed information, including a guide to specific brands and items with xylitol, check out the link. Since product formulations can change, it’s wise to regularly inspect the ingredient lists of items in your home to ensure your dog’s safety.

Remember, knowledge is your ally, and staying prepared is the key to handling emergencies effectively!