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Can xylitol be toxic to dogs?

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If you are a dog owner, be aware that xylitol can be toxic to dogs, even in small amounts.

From: Xylitol WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Xylitol."

Food Insight: "Background on Carbohydrates & Sugars," "Sugar Alcohols Fact Sheet."

Canadian Diabetes Association: "Sweeteners."

Amo, K. , July 2011. Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition

Bope, E. , Saunders Elsevier, 2013. Conn's Current Therapy 2013

Schmid RD. A 2016 cute Hepatic Failure in a Dog after Xylitol Ingestion.

Azarpazhooh A.   August 2016. Xylitol for preventing acute otitis media in children up to 12 years of age.

FDA: Paws Off Xylitol; It's Dangerous for Dogs.  

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Xylitol."

Food Insight: "Background on Carbohydrates & Sugars," "Sugar Alcohols Fact Sheet."

Canadian Diabetes Association: "Sweeteners."

Amo, K. , July 2011. Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition

Bope, E. , Saunders Elsevier, 2013. Conn's Current Therapy 2013

Schmid RD. A 2016 cute Hepatic Failure in a Dog after Xylitol Ingestion.

Azarpazhooh A.   August 2016. Xylitol for preventing acute otitis media in children up to 12 years of age.

FDA: Paws Off Xylitol; It's Dangerous for Dogs.  

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

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