Mint is a commonly used herb, often used in cooking, herbal remedies, and personal care products due to its refreshing scent and feel. It can also be used to add flavor to candies, gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and certain types of tea. Mint is not safe for dogs to consume because it may contain xylitol. Xylitol is a type of sugar alternative sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
Xylitol Poisoning Symptoms
Sugar-free products such as gum, candy, and toothpaste that contain mint may also contain the toxic ingredient, xylitol. Exposure to small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in dogs. High doses of xylitol can lead to seizures and even liver failure. The amount of xylitol in these products varies significantly, so it is important to know how much of a mint product your dog ingested. 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:
- Inability to walk/stand or lack of coordination
- Body tremors
- Liver damage
Keep your dog safe by keeping them away from mint and xylitol-containing products. The most dangerous areas for your dog are likely to be your medicine cabinet and food pantry, so make sure all family members and visitors are aware of how to handle mint products around your dog.
Xylitol Poisoning Treatment
If your dog has ingested a mint product containing xylitol, it is essential to seek veterinary care right away. Your veterinarian will be able to assess the severity of the poisoning and provide appropriate treatment. This might include inducing vomiting and providing IV fluids to maintain your dog’s blood sugar levels, as well as administering anti-seizure medications if needed. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on your pet’s recovery. In a poisoning emergency, don’t hesitate to call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 for help.