Xylitol is a sugar substitute often found in sugar-free products like gum, candy, toothpaste and baked goods. Xylitol is safe for humans to consume but it can be toxic to dogs if ingested. In this article, we’ll answer all of your questions about xylitol toxicity in dogs: What is xylitol? Is it safe for dogs? How much xylitol is toxic to dogs? How do I know if my dog ate something containing xylitol? And how can I prevent canine xylitol poisoning in the future?
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, which is a type of sweetener that does not contain calories. It is also found in many fruits, vegetables, and other foods. People use xylitol as an alternative to sugar and it can be found in medications such as some chewable vitamins and throat lozenges.
Is Xylitol Safe for Dogs?
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that can be found in many products, including candy and chewing gum. It is toxic to dogs because it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. The American Kennel Club warns that xylitol can cause insulin release and hypoglycemia when ingested by dogs.
Xylitol has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, which means it does not increase blood glucose levels as much as other sugars do. This makes it appealing for people with diabetes who want to use natural sweeteners but also keep their blood sugar levels under control. Xylitol also has antibacterial properties that make it useful in toothpaste, mouthwash, gum and mints; however, these antimicrobial properties may have an adverse effect on pets’ digestive systems if swallowed. In addition to being an unsafe food additive for dogs (and humans), xylitol can cause gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea and vomiting if eaten regularly or excessively.
How Much Xylitol is Toxic to Dogs?
The amount of xylitol that can be safely ingested by your pet will depend on the size and breed of your dog, as well as the type and quantity consumed.
A small amount may not cause problems for larger dogs, but it could lead to a serious overdose for smaller ones. So it’s important to consider how much you’re feeding your dog when using these sweets or other products containing xylitol.
How to Tell If Your Dog Ate Something Containing Xylitol
If your dog has eaten something that contains xylitol, symptoms will likely begin to show within 30 minutes. Signs of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and weakness.
How is Canine Xylitol Poisoning Treated?
If you know your dog ingested xylitol, call the vet immediately. The vet will induce vomiting and provide an antidote if necessary. If your dog ate xylitol, but you don’t know if he did, it’s still best to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. In this case, a blood test can be used to determine whether or not the xylitol has affected his system.
If your dog ate Xylitol and is showing signs of poisoning (vomiting, weakness or lethargy), emergency treatment may be required at the veterinarian’s office. There are two options available: 1) inducing vomiting within one hour of ingestion; 2) administering an antidotal drug called “carnitine.”
How Can I Prevent Xylitol Poisoning in My Dog?
You can prevent xylitol poisoning in your dog by making sure that it doesn’t get into its system. Keep xylitol products out of reach, and keep them away from children. Even if you don’t think your child would ever eat a gum or candy containing xylitol, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your dog from this potentially dangerous substance. When you bring home a new product containing xylitol, such as some pet treats or toothpaste, store them safely in an area where your dog cannot access them (or any other animals).
We hope that after reading this article, you now understand a little more about xylitol and why it’s important to keep it away from your dog. The good news is that many companies are making the switch from using xylitol in their products to using other sweeteners, so we should see less of these kinds of accidental poisonings in the future. In the meantime, though, it’s up to you to stay vigilant and ensure that your dog isn’t getting any sneaky licks of something that might contain xylitol. We know you can do it!