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FDA: Common Sugar In Gum, Peanut Butter Another Deadly Food For Dogs

Feeding dogs is not an easy job. Some pets are so picky you have to test a number of food until they bite it. 

Some people may consider giving dogs the food that are tasty and nutritious for people. However, not all healthy snacks or food for humans will provide the same benefits to pets. 

Your favorite chocolate, grapes and raisins can be extremely dangerous for dogs. But there is another common product in the market that can be poisonous for man's best friend. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that a widely-used sugar substitute can be deadly for dogs. 

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol present in sugar-free chewing gum, peanut butter, chocolate bars, candy, breath mints, baked goods, ice cream, toothpaste, mouthwash and cough syrup. Some baked goods may also contain it, including cakes, muffins and pies. 

FDA said it has been receiving reports from pet owners over the past years about dogs being poisoned by food that contain the sugar substitute. Most food poisoning cases were linked to a  sugar-free gum, according to Live Science.

How Xylitol Affects Dogs

Xylitol can cause rapid release of insulin in dogs. The increase can negatively affect dogs' blood sugar levels, leading to a life-threatening drop or hypoglycemia.

Xylitol poisoning in dogs may cause seizures, vomiting, coma, difficulty in walking or standing and weakness. The dog may show signs 10 to 60 minutes after consumption. 

The FDA said the poisoning can immediately become severe, causing the death of the animal in less than an hour. The agency suggested that pet owners always check food labels for xylitol before purchasing to avoid poisoning. 

It commonly appears in sugar-free or low sugar products. The FDA also recommended only using pet toothpaste for dogs and never human toothpaste.

“Check the label for xylitol in the ingredients of products, especially ones that advertise as sugar-free or low sugar,” Martine Hartogensis, a veterinarian at the FDA said in a statement. "If a product does contain xylitol, make sure your pet can't get to it." 

For humans, xylitol is considered safe for consumption with little to no side effects. 

Dog The Food and Drug Administration warns that xylitol, a common sugar substitute, present in ice cream, chewing gum, peanut butter, candy, baked goods and toothpaste, can be poisonous for dogs. Pixabay

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