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Xylitol Sweetener Can Kill Your Dog

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Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many sugarless gums, candies, and peanut butter can kill your dog. It is 100 times more toxic than chocolate. It causes a spike in blood glucose followed by a very rapid decline in blood glucose that can kill your dog. It is found in the following substances: Sugar-free gum (Popular brands with xylitol include Orbit, Mentos, Ice Breakers, Pür, Starbucks, Stride, Nicorette and Trident) Peanut Butter (Popular brands with xylitol include Go Nuts, Co, Krush Nutrition, Nuts 'N More, P28 Foods, Protein Plus PB) Throat lozenges Breath strips Hard candies Mentos Toothpaste Mouthwash Certain medications (Popular brands with xylitol include Allegra, Gummy Vites and Nature's Plus) Jell-O Some yogurts Some protein bars Most people are not aware of this, but it is very important to keep these foods out of the reach of your pet. If you suspect your pet has eaten one of these, even a small amount, immediately seek veterinary emergency care.

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Bad teeth are bad for your pet

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There are many issues associated with oral health. Halitosis (bad breath)is just the tip of the issues. The bacteria that live in your pet's mouth can enter the surrounding bone causing tooth loss. They can also enter the blood stream and like heart valves leading to heart disease. The kidneys and liver, since they are natural filters for the body, can also be infected. Keeping your pet's teeth nice and clean with annual cleanings and dental x-rays won't absolutely guarantee no dental problems, but the do go a long way to making your pet much healthier for their lifetime.

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