Feeding Fido: Safe People Food for Dogs
When I first came across this list of safe people foods for dogs, I wasn't surprised to see some of my pup's favorites on the left side - and the usual offenders on the right side. But there were a few that caught my eye and prompted an office discussion of who's dog has eaten what.
Of the Don'ts, the general rule of avoiding sugars and salt applies, as they will harm Fido's kidneys. The surprise came from the image of the gum - which lead to a story of a friend's dog being rushed to the ER after rooting around in her purse and eating a pack of sugar-free gum. It turns out that Xylitol, a common sugar replacer, is incredibly toxic to dogs. Even in small amounts, two pieces of gum, the chemical can induce severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and cause liver failure. Scary stuff!
My dog is known as a purse-robbing brownie thief but has thankfully never gotten into a pack of gum. Other office dogs will do anything for a lick of peanut butter, eye up a toddlers yogurt and stare longingly at your fish dinner, but have, so far, never been rushed to the ER.
Please share this list and let others know how harmful sugar-free gum can be!