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How Xylitol Can Harm Your Pet

With the holiday season approaching, it is important to remember that many of the foods we consume can be toxic to our furry family members. One of the newer toxins is a sugar substitute called xylitol. Xylitol can be found in sugar-free gums, candies, and baked goods. It has also recently been found as an ingredient in some peanut butter, which is particularly concerning as this is a very common food given to dogs.

Even at low doses, xylitol consumption in dogs can cause blood sugar levels to drop rapidly to dangerously low levels. At slightly higher doses, xylitol can cause liver failure.

Signs of low blood sugar can develop anywhere from as early as 30 minutes up to 12-18 hours post-ingestion. Signs that you may see at home include vomiting, weakness, wobbly gait, seizures and even coma. Clinical signs of liver failure may take up to 48 hours to develop.

If you are concerned, your pet may have consumed xylitol contact your veterinarian immediately. If it was a recent ingestion and the animal is not showing any clinical signs, the veterinarian may induce vomiting. If the animal is starting to show signs of ingestion, hospitalization and supportive care may be needed.

Written by Fairmont Animal Hospital 

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Last updated: April 1, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Fairmont Animal Hospital