The sugar substitute, Xylitol, while harmless to humans, is a deadly poison to dogs.
Ingestion of even a tiny amount of xylitol can be fatal to your furry companion. It leads to dangerously low blood sugar, which can result in seizures, coma, and even death. There is enough xylitol in just three pieces of sugar-free gum to kill a small dog.
Unfortunately, even if your dog gets quick care and makes it through the hypoglycemia, xylitol poisoning can also cause long-term liver damage and liver failure. That is what Aslan succumbed to.
Further information: Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body with Xylitol Poisoning
Aslan was a sweet 8-year-old Cockapoo. He was gentle, loving, and a great companion to his human family.
His parents always did their best to keep any poisonous food items from Aslan’s reach. They hid their chocolate, grapes, and raisins but never heard of xylitol toxicity.
Aslan’s culinary adventure
That night, Aslan got a whiff of yummy goodness hiding in a backpack and discovered a container of Hershey’s® Ice Breakers Ice Cubes gum. It smelled and tasted sweet, and in no time, Aslan gobbled it all down.
As his mom noticed that happened, she quickly consulted the internet about whether she should be concerned and what she needed to do. She learned that Aslan needed veterinary help at once. Right away, his mom got Aslan in the car and rushed to the clinic. She arrived in an emergency hospital only fifteen minutes later.
Aslan didn’t look sick yet, but immediately, the veterinarians started treatment for hypoglycemia and closely monitored him.
For two days, Aslan was doing well. On the third day, however, he started to decline—his liver was failing. Aggressive treatment with liver support and blood plasma transfusion turned things around, and Aslan improved by the next day. He even drank and ate some.
The fatal turn
Despite everybody’s hopes, Aslan was not out of the woods. The next day, his family arrived at the hospital, expecting to bring Aslan home. Instead, they found him jaundiced and lethargic—his liver was not handling the situation. By the seventh day, Aslan was on a feeding tube, his life hanging by a thread.
With the supportive care, Aslan managed to hang in for two more days, but then his heart stopped. The thoughtful veterinarians were able to revive Aslan just for his family to be able to say goodbye to him. They stayed with Aslan until his heart slowly stopped beating.
Aslan passed after a 192-hour fight for his life.
Aslan’s family shared his story to raise awareness of xylitol toxicity to save lives. Share Aslan’s story far and wide, so his death was not in vain.
Canine xylitol poisoning awareness
Xylitol is making its way to an ever-increasing number of products. Yet, awareness among dog parents is lacking.
Please share Aslan’s story. The Preventive Vet website has made it its mission to stop preventable deaths, whether from suffocation, xylitol, or other avoidable tragedies.
Preventive Vet xylitol poisoning resources:
The Dangers of Xylitol: A Family’s Devastating Loss
Xylitol Can Kill Your Dog: Know Where It Can Be Hiding
Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body with Xylitol Poisoning
Canine Xylitol Toxicity Awareness: Lucy’s Last Cake
List of Products Containing Xylitol