Mint can be a great addition to many recipes, herbal remedies, and personal care products due to its refreshing, invigorating scent. Mint is a popular flavor for candies, gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and tea. While mint is great for human use, it is not safe for dogs to consume. Products that contain mint may also contain xylitol, a type of sugar alternative sweetener that is severely toxic to dogs.
Dangers of Xylitol to Dogs
Mint products such as gum, candy, and toothpaste can be dangerous for dogs due to the presence of xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that is commonly used as an alternative to traditional sugar. It has become popular due to its low-calorie content and potential health benefits, but it is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia at low dosages and seizures and liver failure at high doses. It is important to know the amount of xylitol in a product that your dog has ingested to determine the severity of poisoning. If you are unsure of the amount, contact Pet Poison Helpline® for more information 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
If your dog has ingested a mint product containing xylitol, it is essential to seek veterinary care right away. Your vet can determine the severity of the poisoning and provide necessary treatment. This could include inducing vomiting if your dog has not yet exhibited signs of poisoning and the ingestion occurred within the past six hours. Your veterinarian may administer IV fluids to maintain blood sugar levels and anti-seizure medications if needed. If you and your pet are in a poisoning emergency, contact Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 for assistance.