A Closer Look at Xylitol and Pet Poisoning

Xylitol looks just like white, granular table sugar, but with fewer calories, it’s a great alternative for some people. Popular with dentists, diabetics, and healthy trendsetters, this sugar substitute can be used in recipes and drinks just like regular sugar. What’s more, this plant alcohol derivative actually has many health benefits for humans.

However, while all this sounds great for us, xylitol can be extremely dangerous to dogs. Fortunately, all it takes is a little knowledge and awareness to keep your furry companion out of trouble and avoid a potentially deadly pet poisoning situation.


Pet Poisoning Prevention: Common Toxic Plants in the Yard and Garden

10West_iStock_000005140224_Large Springtime is the season for mulching, mowing, and prepping the garden beds, and of course, planting all of those beautiful blooms, shrubs, and edibles. And, because of this, it is also a good time to discuss pet poisoning prevention.

As a pet owner, this comes as no surprise to you – cats and dogs like to chew on foliage. Although grass, which is typically their preference, is relatively harmless (except when it comes to that new rug in the foyer), there are many popular plants that pose serious risks.

Plant Awareness, the Key to Pet Poisoning Prevention

As with any danger, awareness is integral to prevention, whether it come in the form of knowing what foods are potentially toxic or pet-proofing your home.