This 'sugar free' substitute can be deadly to your dog

November 18th, 2022 at 10:26 am EDT

Being in a foreign country means different food...different bacteria... and yes diarrhea :-(

It just so happens that in this case I practice what I preach, so BOTH my wife and I have been taking A LOT of these....Probiotics.

One key nutrient that has now been shown to go a long way in helping prevent, and manage many dog health conditions ( ie diarrhea, allergies), is probiotics- the good bacteria that inhabit the intestinal tract.

Your dog on kibble doesn't get many of these - but they can be SO beneficial.

Our supplement, Ultimate Canine ADVANCED Health Formula, has a 10,000% increase in probiotic levels, including the most studied probiotic for dogs, Lactobacillus.

You should see ALL the ways it can help your dog here:


Getting a Bike powered TukTuk ride to our casa...this was in Puno Peru

In Copacabana Bolivia...a 'pet' chicken called Margarita who photobombed my Llama pics :-)

Margarita coming to visit us in our room in Copacabana. .. she likes bread :-)

What Is Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs?

I had a subscriber write in about their dog being poisoned with Xylitol from a 'so called safe' human medication..

It is in so many things, and you really need to be aware of this

In fact it is in MANY common dental sprays/rinses, as it is appears to be safe for people- but NEVER safe to give to dogs.

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol, which is a type of carbohydrate that does not actually contain alcohol. It has a sweet taste and is often used as a sugar substitute.

Xylitol is found in:

Sugar-free foods: Baked goods/desserts, peanut butter, ice cream, candy, fruit drink, drink powder, jelly/jam, cereal, pudding/Jell-O, ketchup, syrup, chewing gum, and breath mints

Medications: Cough drop, gummy vitamin, chewable vitamin, and prescription medication

Dental care products: Toothpaste and mouthwash

Beauty products: Shampoo, moisturizer, and deodorant

TOXIC to dogs

While xylitol may be unharmful to humans, it is toxic and potentially lethal to dogs. The difference is in the way blood sugar is controlled in the body.

In both humans and dogs, blood sugar is regulated by the release of insulin from the pancreas. In dogs, xylitol triggers a large release of insulin which causes the blood sugar level to drop quickly and dangerously; this is called hypoglycemia. In humans, however, xylitol does not affect the pancreas or insulin release, so people do not experience any change in blood sugar levels.

Xylitol can also cause liver damage and even liver failure in dogs. It is unknown how this happens, but it appears to depend on how much xylitol your dog consumes.

Xylitol’s toxic effects are not yet reported in cats. Scientists, however, are not in agreement that cats are completely clear from the effects of xylitol poisoning, so for now it is best to keep xylitol products away from all your furry pets.

If your dog ingests xylitol, you should take it immediately to a local veterinary emergency hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Symptoms of Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs are typically due to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and may include:

  • Vomiting

  • Weakness/Loss of balance

  • Stumbling/Lack of coordination

  • Lethargy/Depression

  • Tremors/Seizures

  • Collapse/Coma

Signs of hypoglycemia may appear as early as 30 minutes after xylitol ingestion but may be delayed up to 12 hours. If you notice any of these symptoms, and believe your dog may have ingested xylitol, contact your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs: FAQ's

What is the amount of xylitol that is toxic to dogs?

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur if a dog ingests as little as 0.045 grams. (0.1gram/kilogram). Liver damage can occur by ingesting 0.11 to 0.22gram/pound. (0.25-0.5gram/kilogram). This means that as little as one piece of gum can cause xylitol poisoning in a 20-pound dog.

How long does it take for xylitol poisoning to affect my dog?

Xylitol is quickly absorbed, so you may see signs as early as 30 minutes, or they could be delayed for up to 12 hours. Clinical signs of xylitol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, weakness, stumbling/loss of balance, lethargy/depression, tremors/seizures, and collapse/coma.

How do I know if my dog has xylitol poisoning?

Seek emergency veterinary care if your pet has ingested a product with xylitol, or you suspect they have. Xylitol is contained in many foods and household products including baked goods, chewing gum/mint, medication, oral hygiene, and beauty products, and more. If you did not see your pet eating xylitol but notice issues such as vomiting, weakness, trouble walking, balance concerns, lethargy, seizures, collapsing, or a coma-like state, it is experiencing xylitol toxicity.

What is the most common serious illness related to xylitol exposure in dogs?

Ingestion of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in dogs, and at higher doses it can also lead to liver damage and even failure. The mechanism of liver damage is unknown, but it can be fatal if untreated.

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. You NEED to read the ingredients on anything you are giving your dog, ESPECIALLY if it says artificially sweeted and it is one of the Dental Sprays/Rinses..

No amount of this stuff it safe- I was looking online here in Peru, and the Pet Stores are not listing ingredients in the Dog Dental rinses/sprays...just because it is sold for pets. does NOT mean it is safe

P.P.S. I personally have taken probiotics for 30 years...I firmly believe they are one of the most important supplements/nutrients to be adding to your dog's diet.

There are so many studies now supporting their positive benefits, from immune support, gastrointestinal disorders, to stress/anxiety...they sure helped my wife and I cope with 'intestinal distress' :-)

The easiest way to begin helping your dog with probiotics (and many other BENEFICIAL key ingredients!)

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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