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By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker    On February 13, 2019


Story at-a-glance

  • Tragically, peanut butter containing xylitol recently caused the death of two 3-month-old puppies in Virginia

  • Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs, and it’s being found in an ever-growing list of consumer products

  • An additional problem with feeding peanut butter to pets is the potential for aflatoxin contamination

  • Signs of xylitol intoxication in dogs include vomiting, weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures and collapse; early detection and effective treatment of xylitol exposure in dogs offers the best chance for a full recovery

  • It’s important to be aware of any product in your home containing xylitol — especially anything you might consider offering to pets


Sadly, I continue to run across new items about dogs made sick or worse after being fed peanut butter containing xylitol. I’ve addressed this topic several times here at Mercola Healthy Pets, but I feel the need to mention it again — especially since so many of us offer peanut or other types of nut butters to our dogs as a treat or to hide something less tasty.


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By Karin Brulliard     On January 16 2019 



Dogs may have stolen the Internet from cats, but cat memes endure — and many stolen the InternetDogs may have center on one theme: Cats are aloof jerks.

The primary ambassador of this notion, naturally, is Grumpy Cat. But cats of all sorts, these memes tell us, desire to be left alone with their coffee, or demand darkness, or prefer ankle attacks to head scratches.

Okay, maybe you know cats that fit the bill. But it is not the case that “cats skew toward independency,” in the words of a new study on cat social behavior. In fact, researchers at Oregon State University found, many pet and shelter cats are pretty eager to interact with humans — particularly people who seek out kitty caresses.

“In both groups, we found [cats] spent significantly more time with people who were paying attention to them than people who were ignoring them,” said Kristyn R. Vitale, a postdoctoral scholar in animal behavior and the lead author of the paper, which was published in the journal Behavioral Processes.


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By Karen Tietjen    On August 30, 2017

It’s widely known that dogs can have separation anxiety, but the fact is, cats can suffer from it, too. Although they are often thought of as solitary creatures who enjoy their “alone” time, your sensitive kitty may actually be extra stressed while you’re away.

Perhaps you’ve never considered whether your cat has separation anxiety, and if you’re unsure, look for clues that may indicate nervous behavior.

You can ease your cat’s stress by offering her a Comfort Cuddler™, a snuggly toy that smells like you. Just tuck a worn t-shirt or slept-on pillowcase into the pouch, and your kitty will be soothed by your scent as she curls up with it.


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