Xylitol - a hidden risk
This is Buster, a 10 year old miniature Schnauzer who recently had a near miss after he managed to get hold of a small bar of chocolate from his mum's bag.
Now we all know that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, but that wasn't the worst of it. This particular bar of chocolate contained an artificial sweetener called Xylitol. In dogs, xylitol is highly toxic causing a profound drop in blood glucose (like a diabetic coma) and can also cause severe liver damage.
Fortunately, with treatment, Buster has made a full recovery, but he was lucky. We have seen several similar cases in recent years and have been surprised at the sort of foods that xylitol is now used in.
Foodstuffs such as mints, cakes, peanut butter, chewing gum and chocolate. So please be very careful and don't let your pet suffer a Buster incident.