Caution Dog Owners
Xylitol is Toxic to Dogs
Don't give your dog products that contain xylitol
If you're giving your dog any supplements meant for humans, that could possibly contain xylitol, such as liquid glucosamine, check the
supplement facts label immediately.
New test shows that xylitol is toxic to dogs
Although the natural sweetener xylitol has many health benefits for
humans, new research indicates that xylitol can be toxic to dogs. Even
small amounts (.03 oz.) can be lethal to some dogs – causing liver
We know that many people are giving glucosamine products to their pets,
so please be sure to check the supplement facts panel on the product's
label to see if it contains xylitol. Just as you should never give
chocolate to your dog, you should also never give your dog any
supplements containing xylitol.
Why is Xylitol harmful to dogs and not humans?
In humans, Xylitol is not digested in the stomach like regular sugars.
It is processed in the intestines and therefore bypasses entering the
blood stream. Because Xylitol is not entering the blood stream, it does
not raise blood sugar levels like regular sugar does and therefore does
not trigger the production of insulin, (which serves to regulate and
lower hight blood sugar levels).
But dogs metabolizes xylitol much differently. It immediately enters
their blood stream, creating massive spikes in the dog's insulin
levels. Since there is no actual sugar for the insulin to react with,
the unusually large amount of insulin that was released creates a
staggering drop in blood sugar. Severe hypoglycemia sets in, sometimes
within as little as 30 minutes, with symptoms such as unconsciousness
and seizures. Liver failure and internal bleeding can often result.
Vital Earth's Super Multi, and Vital Joint Support is sweetened with xylitol and should not be
given to your dog.
What about aspartame?
Although we aren't aware of any studies showing the effects of
artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, on dogs, we would not
recommend them for your pets. Common sense would tell you that anything
that harmful to humans can't be good for your dog either!