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Xylitol is DANGEROUS for your Dog!

Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, however did you know xylitol (artificial sugar) can be more toxic, even a very small amount of xylitol can be fatal. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is commonly found in ‘sugar free’ or ‘naturally sweetened’ products. It can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.

Xylitol can be found in:

¨ ‘Sugar free’ or ‘naturally sweetened’ candies and chewing gums

¨ Peanut and nut butters

¨ Toothpaste and mouthwashes

¨ Cosmetics and hand creams

¨ Cookies, cakes, ice cream and more!

Please call us immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested xylitol.


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Dr Tom Clune


Veterinary Surgeon

Tom graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. Tom is currently completing a PhD in reproductive wastage in maiden ewes.


Tom lives on a small property with his partner and their two dogs (Sheila and Fulla), sheep, alpacas and chooks. Tom enjoys travelling, bike riding and gardening.