That’s if they contain the sweetener xylitol, which is harmless to humans and found in many foods.
“Two pieces of sugarless gum can be harmful or fatal for a 20-lb. dog,” vet Ashley Weinberg tells the Union-Tribune. Adds vet Valerie Caskey: “One pudding cup can cause harm to a 90-pound Rottweiler.”
If you think your pet has eaten something containing xylitol, take him or her to the vet or call the ASPCA’s
poison control hotline immediately at (888) 426-4435:
Symptoms are vomiting, weak and wobbly appearance or extreme
lethargy. A dog’s blood sugar can bottom out in 30 minutes, and a pet
can fall into a coma, veterinarians say.
These symptoms can be observed from 30 minutes to 12 hours. The
longer the pet goes without help, the more grave the condition becomes. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Still, this doesn’t mean you need to trash all your sugarless foods: Many don’t use xylitol at all. Just check the label and, if a food does contain xylitol, be sure to keep it well out of your dog’s reach.
From the Petfinder library: