How to tell if your dog has xylitol poisoning?

How to tell if your dog has xylitol poisoning?

Signs of xylitol poisoning: Within 10-15 minutes of ingestion dogs may develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and start vomiting, become uncoordinated or start staggering. Collapse and seizures may quickly follow. Rarely, these signs may not begin until many hours after ingestion.

How much xylitol can you give a dog?

Xylitol may cause a life-threatening drop in blood sugar as well as causing liver damage to dogs. Cats and people do not experience this problem. Typically, the dose needed to cause poisoning is at least 0.05 grams per pound of body weight (0.1 grams per kilogram of body weight).

Is it safe to use xylitol as a sweetener?

You may have already heard of xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol that is most often used as a sweetener. Though we’ve talked about the dangers of this product before, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to give you an updated look at this toxic ingredient.

What foods should you keep away from with xylitol?

If you see xylitol listed as the first ingredient on your gum, keep it away from your dogs! Dogs especially like to go through purses, bags and backpacks to find gum. Other commonly encountered products that may contain xylitol include: Sugar-free foods (peanut butter, candy, pudding, ice cream, energy bars, protein powder)

Is it safe for a cat to eat xylitol?

A note to cat and ferret owners: Xylitol does not seem to be as dangerous for cats and other pets. Cats appear to be spared, at least in part, by their disdain for sweets. Ferret owners, however, should be careful, as ferrets have been known to develop low blood sugar and seizures, like dogs, after eating products containing xylitol.

What are the symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs?

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, followed by symptoms associated with the sudden lowering of your dog’s blood sugar, such as decreased activity, weakness, staggering, incoordination, collapse and seizures.

What happens if you give a ferret xylitol?

Cats appear to be spared, at least in part, by their disdain for sweets. Ferret owners, however, should be careful, as ferrets have been known to develop low blood sugar and seizures, like dogs, after eating products containing xylitol.

Are there any dog products that contain xylitol?

The most recent report was related to “skinny” (sugar-free) ice cream. And you may have heard or read news stories about dogs that have died or become very ill after eating products containing xylitol. Gum isn’t the only product containing xylitol.