Xylitol is Poisonous to Dogs

December 2, 2008

My wife discovered xylitol as a exchange student in Finland. She tends to seek out xylitol gum. I’ve just learned that the stuff is extremely poisonous to dogs, like antifreeze or rat poison. It’s much worse than chocolate.

According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), dogs ingesting greater than 0.1 g/kg of xylitol should be considered at risk for hypoglycemia. At doses exceeding 0.5 g/kg, there is risk of liver failure and other more serious effects. Eating a couple of pieces of xylitol gum could be enough to kill your dog.

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