Mint is a popular herb commonly used in cooking, herbal remedies, and personal care products. It has a refreshing, invigorating scent and is often used to mask odors or add flavor to foods and beverages. Mint is also a popular flavor for candies, gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and certain types of tea. It is not safe for your dog to have mint. Products that contain mint may also contain xylitol, which is a type of sugar alternative sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
Clinical Signs of Xylitol Poisoning
Mint products such as gum, candy, and toothpaste can contain the toxic ingredient, xylitol. Low dosages of xylitol in dogs can cause hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, while high doses can cause seizures and liver failure. Amounts of xylitol vary from product to product. Knowing the amount of xylitol is in a product that your dog ingested is important when determining the severity of poisoning. If in doubt, contact Pet Poison Helpline® for more details on a specific product and help determining whether your pet needs medical attention. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning can also include:
- Inability to walk/stand or lack of coordination
- Body tremors
- Liver damage
The best way to keep your dog safe is to keep them away from all types of mint and xylitol containing products. The most dangerous places for your dog is your medicine cabinet and the food pantry. Let all family members and friends know how to approach mint containing products with your dog.
Should your dog ingest a mint product containing xylitol, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the extent of the poisoning and provide treatment as needed. Your vet may induce vomiting and provide IV fluids to maintain your dog’s blood sugar levels. Anti-seizure medications may be given if necessary. Consult your vet about your dog’s recovery. If you and your dog find yourselves in a poisoning emergency, do not hesitate to call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661.