Xylitol Toxicity

Beware of the dangers of xylitol, an artificial sweetener, in pets. Xylitol is safe for people, but because of different metabolisms, it can be fatal for dogs and cats. A simple piece of cookie could kill an animal if the danger is unknown and not addressed immediately. Hypoglycemia may compound into liver toxicity, liver damage, and ultimately liver failure. Sugar-free chewing gum is the most common cause of dogs that present to the emergency room. However, the recent introduction of xylitol as a substitute for sugar in grocery stores has increased the potential for toxicity.

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