Watch your dogs and some sugarfree gums
Posted 08 July 2008 - 10:23 PM
Taken from http://pets.colorado...ory.php?id=5758 Written by: Dr. Anne Pierce
Xylitol is used as a sweetener for sugar-free gums and oral products, as well as foods for diabetics and dieters.
Of course, nothing this good comes without a downside. It turns out that - for reasons that are not completely understood - xylitol can be toxic to dogs.
Even in small quantities, xylitol can cause a reaction that drops a dog's blood glucose to dangerous levels. Within about 30 minutes of ingestion, affected dogs become weak and wobbly and, depending on the dose, could progress to seizures, coma and death from low blood sugar.
As few as three sticks of xylitol-sweetened gum could be toxic to a 20-pound dog. But no self-respecting dog stops at three sticks of gum when it knocks over your purse and finds that package.
The good news is that with IV fluids containing sugar, a dog can be supported until the xylitol passes out of its system. The bad news is that the onset of problems starts shortly after ingestion and dogs are good at getting into things while they are unattended.
Recently, it was discovered that with larger doses of xylitol - say, one batch of a dozen sugar-free cupcakes per cocker spaniel - much more severe problems can occur. Several dogs have died from sudden, crushing liver failure and inability to clot their blood. The dogs that develop this problem are much more difficult to save.
Your veterinarian will start aggressive supportive care and keep her fingers crossed that too much damage has not been done. Inducing vomiting immediately if the dog was witnessed eating xylitol is helpful, but if it has been more than an hour after ingestion, it is probably too late to do much good.
Other artificial sweeteners do not seem to have this effect on dogs, so if they knock over the Splenda it is more of a nuisance than an emergency.
The effect of xylitol on cats and ferrets is unknown.
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I'm glad we have this knowledge, although it is unfortunate how we have to learn things sometimes.
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