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The Sweet Killer

Sugar-free is never the best for our dogs. We often look for sugar-free items which help with the waistline since these products still taste sweet despite the lack of sugar. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many ‘sugar-free’ products, and this sweetener is deadly for dogs or cats.

In humans, xylitol imparts a sweet taste to food and is safely used in many products, dogs, however, respond with very low blood sugar when they eat foods sweetened with xylitol. Liver failure is also a problem associated with xylitol, and it does not take a lot of artificially sweetened food to cause significant problems.

The toxic dose of xylitol in dogs is 75 mg of xylitol for every kilogram of body weight of the dog. In a 30 kg Labrador retriever this equates to 7 sticks of sugar-free gum. In a 5 kg Poodle as few as one stick of the same gum can cause toxicity. It is not just gum which can be the problem, specific sugar-free peanut butter is sweetened with xylitol, some children’s vitamins can be a problem, and oddly enough, some beauty products including face creams, shampoos and makeup have xylitol.

The takeaway message is to keep our dogs away from sugar-free products, and if an accident happens where one of these products is eaten, then an emergency trip to the veterinarian is warranted to prevent serious illness.

Written by Dr. David Kerr, DVM

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital