Xylitol: The "sugar-free" sweetener your dog NEEDS you to know about


Xylitol: More Dangerous Than Chocolate, Yet Less Well Known About

Do you know what xylitol is? Are you (fully) aware of the danger it poses to dogs? You wouldn’t be alone if you answered “no” to either, or even both of these questions. In our ongoing Pet Safety Awareness survey over 50% of the respondents weren’t aware of xylitol or the danger it poses to dogs until they took the survey! By comparison, you’d be hard pressed to find a dog owner who isn’t aware that chocolate can be toxic to dogs. Right?

Yet xylitol can be far-more-dangerous to dogs than chocolate! The picture below shows the minimum amount of dark chocolate that could cause death in three different weights of dog — compared to the minimum number of pieces of xylitol-containing sugar free gum that could have the same devastating effect.

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Topics: Dog Safety, toxicity, Dog Emergency, Xylitol Dogs, Xylitol Gum, Xylitol, Xylitol Products, Is Xylitol Safe, Blog, Seizures, Liver Failure, Hypoglycemia

Lesser Known Pet Toxicities: Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

The veterinary and pet communities have done a great job educating pet owners about the dangers of certain foods to pets. You won’t likely meet a dog owner who isn’t aware that chocolate can be toxic to dogs. This is great, but it's really just the tip of the “toxic iceberg”.

There are many other lesser known substances out there that are no less dangerous to pets – and most of them you have in your house right now. Take Xylitol, for example. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that, because of its anti-cavity properties for our teeth, is commonly found in gum, mints, toothpastes (including children’s), and mouthwashes. Since it’s also considered a good sugar substitute for diabetics, xylitol is commonly used in sugar-free baked goods too, such as cookies and muffins. It’s even found in some brands of chewable vitamins - and it's now starting to show up in PEANUT BUTTER, too!

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Topics: Dog Safety, toxicity, Dog Emergency, Xylitol Dogs, Xylitol Gum, Xylitol, Xylitol Products, Is Xylitol Safe, Blog, Hypoglycemia

Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

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