Pets, Candy and Xylitol

FDA Warns Pet Owners on the Dangers of Xylitol Ingestion in Dogs and Ferrets

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning consumers about the risks associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol by dogs and ferrets. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol approved for use in many common products, including sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products, and chewing gum.

Xylitol can be found in many over-the-counter drugs such as chewable vitamins and throat lozenges and sprays. It can also be purchased in bulk bags for use in home baking. These products are intended only for human use.

FDA is aware of complaints involving dogs that experienced illness associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol. Xylitol is safe for humans but it can be harmful to dogs and ferrets.

FDA is advising consumers to always read the label on products and to not presume that a product that is safe for humans is safe for your pet.

The FDA reports included clinical signs such as a sudden drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia), seizures and liver failure. If you suspect your pet has ingested xylitol, some signs to look for are depression, loss of coordination and vomiting. The signs of illness may occur within minutes to days of ingesting xylitol. Owners should consult their veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately for advice if they know or suspect that their pet has ingested a human product containing xylitol.

The New Baltimore Humane Society Calendar

2014 Happy Tails Calendar is now on sale! Keep track of the year and help support the Baltimore Humane Socity’s no-kill shelter by purchasing a copy.

Featuring adorable photographs and heartwarming happy ending stories of Baltimore Humane Society’s homeless animals, your entire purchase goes entirely to the care of the animals at their no-kill shelter.

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The MDSPCA Needs Foster Families

Foster parents needed! As the MD SPCA takes on and works with tougher behavior cases, they need more foster parents with dog-handling experience to help them work with some of thei larger, higher-energy dogs. Placements are usually between two and six weeks. If you have other pets, you will need a plan to manage introductions and keep separate if necessary. They provide behavior plans, 24-hour support, and all supplies and vet care. Email for more information or go to  to fill out an application. Help save a life like Princessa’s! Princess was adopted from foster May 2013!