Xylitol Is a Harmful Ingredient For Dogs
Ever heard of this harmful ingredient?
Xylitol is harmful for your dog
Many people have little knowledge about Xylitol. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs, but little dog owners know that the natural sweetener xylitol isn’t safe for their pets. Found in many types of sugarless gum, xylitol is also in other household products like mints, peanut butter and toothpaste. All dog owners should know about this potentially deadly ingredient.
What is Xylitol
Xylitol, a popular artificial sweetener, can be deadly to your dog. Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. It is a sugar substitute and is commonly used in toothpastes, mouthwash, sugarless gum, certain cough medicines etc related products, children’s chewable multi-vitamins and a variety of nut butters. It also used in many baked goods and candies. This product is recommended for diabetics and those following a low-carbohydrate diet.
Xylitol is safe for human although like most sugar alcohols, Xylitol may have a mild laxative effect when eaten in large amounts or when first introduced to a diet. This occurs because xylitol may not be completely digested in the intestines until the digestive system adapts. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. It can cause for dog’s hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.
Why is Xylitol harmful
The effects of xylitol on your dog are immediate and can be very severe. Signs of toxicity can be seen in as few as 30 minutes, says the American Veterinary Medical Association. In both humans and dogs, the level of blood sugar is controlled by the release of insulin from the pancreas. It does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas in humans. When dogs eat something that contains xylitol, the sweetener can cause their bodies to rapidly release a rush of insulin, which don’t happen in people. This causes a dog’s blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels within minutes. If left untreated, the condition can be life-threatening.
Symptoms associated with xylitol poisoning
Ataxia (uncoordinated movements)
What Food is Xylitol Commonly Found
The Pet Poison Helpline has been working to identify products with xylitol as an ingredient. Here are a few of the more popular brands that contain xylitol.
Rx suspensions/melts (i.e. Neurontin, Abilify, Allegra, Mobic, RioMet, clonazepam, Emtrivia)
OTC liquid medications
OTC digestive aids (Beano, antacids)
Dental/oral care products
Chewable dietary supplements
Barium liquid and pudding
Jell-O sugar free pudding
Peanut butter and other nut butters
Candies, Gum & Mints
Medications, Vitamins, Supplements & Oils
Honey, Raw Xylitol & Sweeteners
Jams & Syrups
Power & Protein Bars, and Powders
Updated: July 31, 2017.