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7 Foods That Can Be Fatal to Dogs

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7 Foods That Can Be Fatal to Dogs
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By Kayla McDonell

Certain foods that are safe for humans can be harmful to dogs.

Because dogs have a different metabolism than people, feeding human foods to dogs can be very dangerous for their health and may even be fatal in some cases.


This article reviews seven food items that have been proven toxic to dogs—so if you have a dog, it's important to keep these foods out of their reach.

2.Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is often used to sweeten candy, chewing gum, toothpaste and baked goods.

While deemed safe for human consumption, it can be deadly for dogs.

Eating foods that contain xylitol can lead to a sudden and significant drop in a dog's blood sugar (3, 4, 5, 6).

Initial symptoms often show up within 30 minutes of consumption and include vomiting, weakness, depression, difficulty moving, coma and seizures (1).

Eventually, xylitol can lead to liver damage and death (7).

Summary: Eating foods that contain xylitol can cause a dog's blood sugar to drop drastically. This can cause health problems, liver failure and death.

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