Pet Health – Xylitol Danger to Pets

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Nov
18
2010

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NEWS FLASH!

Xylitol Danger to Pets
Warnings about possible pet poisonings related to the artificial sweetener xylitol appeared as early as 2004; however, cases were rare. Since that time, the availability of the sugar substitute in candies, cookies and other low-cal items is expanding. So is the number of reported xylitol poisonings, according to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center.

While it was previously thought that only large concentrations of xylitol could cause problems in dogs, lesser amounts of the sweetener may also be harmful. With small doses of the substance, symptoms might not show up until 12 hours later. With larger doses, problems may occur in a few as 30 minutes. Symptoms result from a sudden drop in blood sugar and may include vomiting, depression, loss of coordination and/or seizures.

The Animal Poison Control Center also reported that there appears to be a strong link between xylitol ingestion and the development of liver failure in dogs. Be sure you check the food label on all foods you give to your clients’ pets, especially anything labeled “lite” or “sugar-free.” It‘s best to restrict companion animals from anything not made especially for pets.

Be sure you check the food label on all foods you give to your clients’ pets, especially anything labeled “lite” or “sugar-free.” It‘s best to be very careful about feeding companion animals anything not made especially for pets.

Common Household Products That Are Poisonous To Pets

Acetaminophen
Aftershave
Antifreeze
Aspirin
Bleach
Boric Acid
Brake Fluid
Carburetor Cleaner
Cleaning Fluid
Deodorants
Deodorizers
Detergents
Disinfectants
Drain Cleaner
Dye
Fungicides
Furniture Polish
Gasoline
Hair Colorings
Herbicides
Insecticides
Kerosene
Laxatives
Lead
Mineral Spirits
Mothballs
Nail Polish & Remover
Naproxen
Paint
Permanent Solution
Photo Developer
Pool Chemicals
Rat Poison
Rubbing Alcohol
Shoe Polish
Sleeping Pills
Snail & Slug Bait
Soaps
Suntan Lotion
Tar
Toilet Bowl Cleaners
Turpentine
Tylenol (cats)
Windshield Washer Fluid
Wood Preservatives
Xylitol (Common Artificial Sweetner)

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