Xylitol and Your Pet

Xylitol poisoning can start within 20 minutes and kill your dog without immediate veterinarian care! Every second counts!!Signs of poisoning include:

Xylitol, a naturally occurring plant-based alcohol and an artificial sweetener widely used to sweeten many candies, mints, chewing gums and other foods and drugs, is fast-becoming one of the most hazardous additives to foods that can sicken and cause the death of your beloved pet. Most at risk pets are dogs, cats, cows, goats, rabbits. Rats and horses experience little to no increase in insulin release or change in blood sugar levels after consuming products with Xylitol.

Xylitol poses a serious poisoning risk to dogs and other pets even in miniscule amounts. Xylitol can stimulate a dog's pancreas to secrete insulin, which can lead to sudden loss of blood sugar levels and subsequent loss of coordination, seizure and liver failure.

Xylitol containing productsPictured in this collage are 12 products that contain Xylitol. There are many more! But, here, you can see Jello ready-to-eat and instant boxed puddings, Activia yogurt, Altoids cough drops, Trident and Orbit chewing gum, Nicorette and Chiclets gum, Crest White Strips tooth whitening product, jelly beans, assorted diabetic jams and jellies. This is just a sampling to alert you to suspect that any sugar-free product might contain Xylitol. Click on the photo for a larger view of the products.

Other commonly used products that can contain Xylitol are:

The challenging problem with Xylitol is that it is typically considered a "proprietary ingredient" by many companies, therefore they are not required to list its inclusion on ingredient lists.

Xylitol is used under a number of different names such as

If you suspect your pet has ingested any food or product containing Xylitol contact your veterinarian immediately.

Post the ASPCA Poison Control Centre Hotline 1-(888)-426-4435 close to your telephone. If you have to call the hotline the service will be billed to your credit card by the New York State ASPCA. I recently had to use this service for one of my cat's that jumped into our freshly Lysol-prepped toilet. Our local veterinary emergency clinic advised that I would have to contact this poison control centre before they would take my pet for observation or treatment. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control Centre website at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control.

Look around your house and see if you have any Xylitol-containing products. What did you find?

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