Minty toothpaste is a great way to wake up in the morning. The refreshing scent comes from the herb, mint. Mint is often used in herbal remedies, personal care products, and cooking. Mint is a flavor popularly found in candy, gum, mouthwash, and tea. Consumption of mint is not safe for dogs. Oftentimes, products that contain mint also contain xylitol. Xylitol is an alternative sweetener that is toxic to dogs.  

Why is Xylitol Toxic to Dogs? 

Xylitol is a low-calorie alternative and has many health benefits for humans. Xylitol is found in sugar-free gum, toothpaste, and candy. It is not safe for dogs because it can cause a life-threatening drop in blood sugar, liver failure, seizures, and possible death. It is important to make sure your dog never consumes any product containing xylitol. Veterinary care must be immediate if you suspect your dog is experiencing xylitol poisoning.  

Symptoms of Xylitol Poisoning 

The amount of xylitol in these products varies significantly and is not always disclosed. If you are unsure, contact Pet Poison Helpline® for more information on a specific product and help determine whether your pet needs medical attention. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include: 

  • Vomiting 
  • Inability to walk/stand or lack of coordination 
  • Lethargy 
  • Body tremors 
  • Seizures 
  • Liver damage 

Treatment for Xylitol Poisoning 

Contact Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 and your veterinarian immediately if your dog has ingested a mint product containing xylitol. Your veterinarian will examine your pup and assess the poisoning symptoms. Treatment may include inducing vomiting, providing IV fluids to maintain blood sugar levels, and administering anti-seizure medications if necessary. After providing initial treatment, your veterinarian will advise you on your dog’s recovery. Keep your dog safe by always checking labels on food and other products to ensure that they do not contain xylitol. If you’re unsure if a product contains xylitol or not, feel free to reach out to Pet Poison Helpline® for confirmation.