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.


How to Recognize and Respond to a Pet Emergency

emergency vetEvery pet owner has been there; your pet has vomited or is acting strangely and you find yourself wondering what to do. You’re concerned about his or her symptoms, but struggle with whether or not your pet is in need of immediate medical attention. Some pet emergencies, such as broken bones or seizures, seem obvious, while others can be more ambiguous, leaving us questioning whether or not to seek veterinary care for our pets.

Animals are genetically programmed to hide obvious signs of illness or injury, making it all the more difficult for pet owners to determine when it is an emergency. Learning to recognize the signs of a pet emergency could make all the difference for your pet.