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The No. 2 Most Common Pet Poison — Is It in Your Home?

Found in hundreds of everyday products, there's a good chance this pet poison is in your home right now. While it won't harm you, if your dog ingests it, she can experience a sharp drop in blood sugar that can lead to unconsciousness and seizures, liver failure and even death within hours or days.

xylitol poisoning


  • Xylitol poisoning in pets increased an astounding 108% from 2015 to 2020
  • In 2020, xylitol earned the dubious title of second most common pet poison, right behind chocolate
  • If your dog ingests xylitol, a sharp drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur, triggering loss of consciousness and seizures; larger doses can also cause liver failure and death with hours or days of ingestion
  • Xylitol is found in hundreds of everyday products, including food, candy, gum, mints and over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • It’s possible for a small dog to become severely ill from ingesting just one piece of xylitol-containing gum or mint, so keep all products with xylitol out of reach of your pets

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