Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Sugar-Free Pet Food Contains Xylitol, Which Is Harmful For Animal

Your pet may be at danger. In a new finding it is said sweetener used in dog products such as sugarless gum may be harmful.

Xylitol is being used as sugar-substitute in many products. Even though it is safe for humans, but it is found to be causing severe low blood sugar, seizures in dogs. In worst condition it can also lead to liver failure.

The US Pet Poison Helpline says Xylitol is one of the most dangerous food-related poisons.

Veterinarians meanwhile have warned pet owners about an increase in emergency calls and Xylitol is the cause.

Sugar-Free Pet Food Contains Xylitol, Which Is Harmful For Animal

Most dog owners know chocolate is harmful for their pets and now they have added to their NO list the Xylitol, which is a type of no calorie sweetener and are extracted from plants. Currently it is used in variety of food products for pets as well as humans too.

According to experts, even half a gram of Xylitol can make a dog ill and so a pack of gum containing Xylitol can be deadly for the pet. If owner suspect the pet has been poisoned, it is advised to visit the vet immediately.

Dr Ashley Gallagher with the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. said pet owners need to check again the labels of products in their kitchen that say “sugar-free” and of course anything that contains Xylitol. These products should be kept out of reach of pets.

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