Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is found in many foods, gum and even deodorants that is absolutely deadly to dogs. Even small amounts can cause a dog to go into distress – and it happens fast. A dog who ingests several pieces of gum that contains xylitol can die within hours!
Xylitol causes a rapid and massive insulin release in dogs, which will manifest itself outwardly to a pet owner as acute weakness, staggering, and vomiting. Within 15 to 20 minutes, they might even be comatose depending on the amount consumed, a dog can also experience liver failure from ingesting xylitol.
Here are some common items that contain xylitol:
- Chewing Gum, mints, candy
- Peanut Butter
- Baked goods – cookies, muffins, cupcakes – especially ready made from the store
- Low sugar foods, sugar free foods
- Toothpaste & Mouthwash
- Medications, vitamin gummies
- Deodorants, lotions, gel – xylitol helps these products retain moisture – extending shelf life