An interesting article on dogster today offers dog owners plenty to think about. Although the article’s title is a little over-the-top, Dr. Eric Barchas explains why five of these items are truly dangerous enough that dogs should never be near them. One of the lesser-known evils is at the top:
1. Sugar-free gum and candy
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is purported to have actual health benefits in humans. For instance, it supposedly reduces cavities in people that use it in place of sugar. Dogs, however, reap no health benefits from xylitol whatsoever. In fact, xylitol can cause fatal hypoglycemia and liver failure in dogs. Dogs exposed to the stuff might require several days in the hospital for dextrose supplementation — and then might still suffer from fatal liver failure. I therefore recommend that dog owners keep their houses free of sugarless gums and candies containing xylitol.
Even though all the items on the list don’t really require a ban from your household, it’s worth reading the article, so you know what to look out for. The last one might cause you to raise an eyebrow.