For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Sweet Treats Bad for Sparky
– Sugar-free chewing gum, candies and other
goodies may be favorite sweet treats for people.
However, some sugar-free products can cause serious
and potentially fatal consequences for your companion
animals due to what is found in sugar-free treats
– a sweetener called xylitol.
that ingest xylitol may have a sudden drop in blood
sugar, which would result in depression, loss of
coordination and seizures. Xylitol may also be linked
to liver failure in dogs. It is common for negative
affects to occur in animals within minutes after
ingesting products with xylitol, but sometimes serious
problems may not appear until later.
to date the Wisconsin Humane Society hasn't treated
an animal with health problems due to ingesting
xylitol. However, WHS urges guardians of companion
animals to never give their animals any food containing
If you feel your
animal has consumed xylitol, contact your veterinarian
Wisconsin Humane Society veterinarian Dr. Randy
Zeman is available to talk with the media about
the dangers of companion animals ingesting xylitol
on Friday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To schedule a time to talk with Dr. Zeman, please
contact Michelle Pintar at (414) 431-6104.