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Sweetener in some sugarless gums can kill dogs

(CBS News) Xylitol is safe for humans but can cause severe low blood sugar, seizures -- even liver failure -- in dogs.
Sugar-free gum is the biggest culprit. But Xylitol is also used in some sugar-free candies, chewable vitamins, even some baked goods and peanut butter.
The number of products is on the rise and so are the calls to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, from 82 in 2004 to more than 3,700 last year.
Some animal welfare groups are calling for warning labels on products with Xylitol.
Dr. Ashley Gallagher with the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. says the key is vigilance on the part of dog owners.
"You just have to be really careful because dogs are nosy little creatures and they are hungry all the time. I know my dogs are, and they are just looking for a treat. So you have to really watch them," Gallagher said.
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