Lucy was a sweet, energetic, sweet young Lab. And as a typical Lab, Lucy also likes the idea of helping herself to goodies that weren’t offered to her. Many dogs figure that counter-surfing is a great idea. After all, finders keepers, right?
Lucy’s health-conscious mom was baking “thank you” loaves for her friends. Sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free zucchini bread. It doesn’t get healthier than that, does it?
Just because one doesn’t want to use sugar in their baking, doesn’t mean they want to sacrifice the satisfaction of a sweet treat. What is the answer to that? Sugar substitutes.
Xylitol is an “all natural”, popular sugar substitute.
It’s perfectly safe for people and great for your teeth.
The freshly-baked loaves were put away on a counter where Lucy found them. They smelled all so yummy. So Lucy helped herself.
Unless you’re aware of how toxic xylitol is to dogs, you might not think much of it and expect your dog to suffer from little more than a bellyache. When Lucy started vomiting and being lethargic, that’s what her mom figured was happening.
It wasn’t until Lucy became extremely ill that she was taken to a veterinary hospital.
They did everything they could to save her. In spite of receiving aggressive treatment, Lucy was getting worse until it became clear that she was not going to make it.
Please help spread awareness about xylitol toxicity.
#IfOnlyIKnew: Baking Healthy Killed This Dog!