Dogs nearly die after eating
TWO pet dogs were
discovered close to death after eating artificial
sweeteners belonging to their owner.
A Galway veterinary practice has issued an urgent
warning to pet owners to keep artificial sweeteners
and foods containing them out of reach as they are
“highly toxic” to dogs.
Briarhill Veterinary Clinic said the dogs’ owner had
discovered the pets’ plight within two hours of them
ingesting the sweeteners.
But the effects of poisoning were well underway and
the two animals, a terrier and lab-retriever, were
found vomiting, shaking and wobbling on their feet.
The Ballybrit practice said the pets were “on the
brink of death” after the incident which happened
within the past week.
These two dogs were on the brink of death after
eating artificial sweeteners.
The battle to save the
two dogs also included follow-up intensive care at
another local veterinary practice, Ark Vets Galway.
“These two scoundrels got into their owner’s
artificial sweetener (xylitol) they had just
bought,” a spokesperson for Briarhill Veterinary
“Artificial sweetener is highly toxic to dogs. It
causes severe low blood sugar. Both dogs were
swiftly admitted which began a long five days of
treatment at both ourselves for the first night and
@arkvetsgalway for the next four days.”
The practice added that it was a “close call” for
the two pooches.
“These owners want to make people aware (of) the
seriousness of artificial sweetener toxicity.
Artificial sweetener can (also) be found in chewing
gum, some sweets and some drinks.
“Thankfully due their owners swift thinking they
pulled through the many potential life-threatening
problems they encountered over the few days.”