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WARNING Watch out for Xylitol!!!

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many products, including sugar-free gum, chewable vitamins, oral care products and baked goods.

My next door neighbor's dog got a piece of sugarless gum and almost died! He developed sudden liver failure. His treatment has been extensive and is taking a long time but he does seem to be getting better.

Our Havs are little thieves so my DH and I are adding gum to our list of things to be really careful with.

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Thanks for the post. That's scarry.
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I read about xylitol quite a while ago. So, then I started checking ingredients, and it is listed on some treats. So be careful. You have to check everything. Between reading labels on people food, and now dog food, I'll never get out of the store.


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Yikes, thanks Michele, I never thought it could be in dog treats.

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thank you for sharing that infor....I have sugar-less gum everwhere. I will be more careful with it now....had no idea.
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Oh swell. One more thing to worry about. I have sugarless gum everywhere. Yikes, where does it end?

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This is so scarry!! There seems to be no end to the possible food dangers...sigh.

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I don't have lots of gum in the house, but what else might have this xylitol in it, I wonder?
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I never knew anything about the ingredients in the gum, but I flip out whenever my kids friends spit their chewed gum out on my lawn or driveway. I always worried about the dogs getting in their fur, now I know there is even a larger danger!! Lily got a hold of an Equal packet the other day, thankfully I got it away from her, but she did get a little powder in her mouth- that is scary.

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I've found most sugarless gum doesn't have Xylitol as the sweetener. I know this, because my dentist says that Xylitol sweetened gum seems to help fight tooth decay better than gum sweetened w/aspartame, which I'm finding is the sweetener in most of them. I've actually been looking for gum sweetened w/it. Now I guess I have to decide between the risk to Tori and the risk of cavities. Geez...why does life have to be so complicated???

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