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In people, xylitol does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas. But when dogs eat something containing xylitol, the xylitol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, and may result in the rapid release of insulin from the pancreas.
This can cause a rapid decrease in the level of blood sugar known as hypoglycemia, an effect that can occur within 10 to 60 minutes of eating the xylitol. Untreated, hypoglycemia can quickly be life-threatening.
Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, followed by symptoms associated with the sudden lowering of a dog's blood sugar, such as decreased activity, weakness, staggering, collapse and seizures.
originally posted by: rickymouse
I'm not so sure that some of these food additives that can kill animals are very good for us. Maybe a small amount is safe, but they have this crap in a lot of things.
The stuff tastes kind of creepy to me so I avoid it. Maybe it is a natural chemical but when found in nature it is usually bound to fiber. When they start saying something is good for your teeth, you should wonder what it's effect on your mind is.
originally posted by: ketsuko
The publishing company I work for has a vet e-card business, and I do some editing/proofing work for them. Xylitol is one of those things you should never, ever let a cat or dog have. It's a regular feature in their releases.
As far as whether or not we should eat it?
Well consider also that chocolate is bad for our pets, but it is good for us. I won't go so far as to say that xylitol is good for us, but it is possible for pets to be incapable of metabolizing something that we can. I think onions are another one pets shouldn't get ahold of.
originally posted by: AccessDenied
I first heard of this about a year ago and shared it with my son who has two dogs that mean the world to him. It seems that xylitol can also sometimes be found in PEANUT BUTTER and this is a favorite treat for dogs. Best to read labels and keep your furry friend healthy.