New evidence shows that chewing gum that has artificial sweetener in it may prove deadly for many canines. The message is to keep your pet dogs away from any such product that contains xylitol.
Some sugar-free gums may be a health hazard for your pet pooch. In fact, they may outright kill the poor mutt before it has had a chance to bark and bite some more. A couple in America recently adopted a new dog after the unfortunate death of their previous canine companion. The erstwhile pet had gone six feet under after chewing on some sugar-free gum.
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The offending agent in this otherwise harmless gum is xylitol. This is a substitute for normal cane sugar or sucrose. The dog had started throwing up the contents of its stomach upon digging into the gum. It was rushed to the vet, but by the time the vet got a chance to provide relief it was too late.
The dog had died from xylitol poisoning. Man’s best friend has such a biological system that its kidneys simply stop functioning when it ingests this foreign substance. The reaction that takes place means sudden and sure death for the dog.
In fact, the couple’s dog had to be put down before it suffered anymore pain due to the anaphylactic shock it had gone into. While xylitol is perfectly alright for the consumption of human beings, in dogs it causes a variety of symptoms many of which are very unpleasant.
Hypoglycemia, epilepsy and hepatic failure are just a few of the tragic consequences for the canine. However, extreme care must be taken since xylitol is not just found in sugar-free gum. It has also been a fundamental ingredient in certain special candies, vitamins, a few bakery items and even peanut butter.
The number of cheap and trashy food items produced by man have multiplied in the past 200 years or so. And the cultural chemical crap includes more and more foods that even human beings who are omnivores by nature tend not to recognize on a bodily level.
Many future food products will also be very harmful to man’s pet companions. Thus a number of animal welfare groups have called for labels on xylitol products to as to avoid mishaps in case of dogs.
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Dogs have a tendency to eat anything their snoopy noses can find lying around. This can be their undoing so their owners will have to be extra vigilant. Maybe the solution lies in not buying products that contain xylitol in the first place. That way the dog owners could rest easy that their canine’s health is in good hands.