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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Food Additive Potentially Deadly To Dogs

If you've got a pet around the house, you may feed them the same things you eat.

But the ingredients of some human food could possibly kill man's best friend.

Xylitol is one of those unusual chemicals you may find listed under ingredients on a food item and wonder what it is.

A bulletin from the Veterinary Medical Association issued one year ago warns that Xylitol could cause life-threatening problems for dogs. Consumed in large quantities, Xylitol may produce a sudden drop in a dog's blood-sugar levels.

Xylitol looks and tastes just like sugar. It's being used in more and more sugar-free foods, but does not affect humans the way it affects dogs.


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