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Why is Xylitol so dangerous for dogs and cats?

 Dr. Dana Brooks, an internist at Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, reports an increased number of dogs and cats being treated at its emergency clinic — in one case the dog died — from eating xylitol, an artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute in foods, including sugar-free gum, sugar-free mints, chewable vitamins, tooth paste and oral-care products. Xylitol is also available in a granulated form at your local grocery store for baking and beverage sweeteners.

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