Toxic to our pets... Xylitol

Posted: 19th December 2019

Keep sweet treats well out of reach over the festive season!

Xylitol is found in most sugar-free treats such as chewing gum, sweets and some types of peanut butter. It can also be used in toothpaste/mouthwash and in certain baked goods. If your pet ingests any such product, they’re at risk of vomiting, general discomfort, seizures and even death. Perhaps the following will serve as a useful rule: if it isn’t stated explicitly that it’s suitable or designed for pets, don’t feed it to them! Which foods contain it?

Some common examples include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Sugar-free sweets or mints
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Selected soft drinks, jellies and jams
  • Selected baked goods
  • Selected cereals
  • Certain types of peanut butter

Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy or drowsiness
  • Discoordination
  • Seizures and tremors

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