A family in Virginia was shocked when they came home last week and found their dog unconscious. According to WTVR News, “Sookie,” a Labrador retriever, did what so many labs do and got into food – unfortunately, this time her “treat” of choice was sugar-free gum.
The xylitol in the sugarless gum nearly poisoned Sookie to death – Sookie’s owner, Katherine Dalton, described the frightening condition of her dog:
She was completely non-responsive, drooling, eyes rolled back in her head… It looked really bad, it looked like she was not going to make it.
Thanks to prompt veterinary treatment, Sookie was saved. Now the Dalton family wants other people to be aware of the danger of xylitol, the substance in sugar-free gum which is toxic to dogs. Dogs who consume xylitol can suffer seriously low blood-sugar (hypoglycemia) within a short period of time.
Dogs who have consumed products with xylitol may suffer seizures, liver failure and possibly, death. Take it from Sookie and her family – keep your sugar-free products under lock and key, especially around curious (and hungry) dogs.
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