Yummy in my Tummy…Xylitol, the PARTY POOPER

By October 16, 2018Uncategorized

With Halloween and Holidays approaching candies and treats are going to be popping up more frequently and sometimes left out for more than little human hands to grab.  Pets are pretty good at sniffing out things they shouldn’t necessarily have! With the human health craze these days xylitol has been a sugar substitute in more and more products.  If dogs ingest this, it can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and liver damage that can be life threatening. Something as innocent as a few pieces of sugar free gum left out on the counter could land your pup in the hospital.

Xylitol is commonly found in many household products including the following:

Click here for a detailed list of products containing xylitol:

https://www.preventivevet.com/xylitol-products-toxic-for-dogs

Symptoms of Xylitol poisoning may include:

  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Depression
  • Walking drunk
  • Acute collapse
  • Vomiting
  • Trembling or tremoring
  • Seizures
  • Yellowed gums or skin
  • Black-tarry stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising
  • Abnormal mentation

If your dog does get into something sugar-free, always check the ingredient list. Note that other sound-a-likes like sorbitol, maltitol, and erythritol are not poisonous to dogs. Likewise, other sugar-free products such as stevia, saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, etc. are also not poisonous to dogs.

When in doubt, if you think your dog got into xylitol, contact your veterinarian or a Pet Poison Helpline (855-886-7965  www.petpoisonhelpline.com)  right away for life-saving care. They can help calculate and determine whether or not the amount of xylitol ingested was poisonous or not. Always try to keep these products or foods out of reach of your pets.  The sooner you recognize the problem and seek veterinary attention, the less expensive and less dangerous it is to your pet!

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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