Fake sugar can have deadly consequences for your pet dog

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Most dog owners know that chocolate or grapes are poisonous to their four-legged friends. One common substance that fewer people are aware can harm their pet are sugar substitutes such as xylitol. Fake sugar can lead to massive hypoglycaemia in dogs within 30 to 60 minutes, warns veterinarian Tina Hoelscher from Germany’s animal rights group Aktion Tier. Unlike in humans, such substances cause a rapid rise in insulin in dogs, which lowers the amount of real sugar in their bloodstream. Depending on how much was eaten, the dog can suffer cramps, liver failure, a coma or, in the worst cases, deat…

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