Every day, millions of pet parents participate in a routine activity that is needlessly putting their dogs at risk of injury or even death, animal welfare officials warn.
This function is so common that some pet parents and dogs do it several times a day. They do it when they go to the park, visit the veterinarian and the run errands.
The activity that 83 percent of pet parents do that is putting their dog in harm's way is driving without their properly restraining their companion.
A common artificial sweetener found in sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products and chewing gum can be a killer if ingested by a dog, the FDA is warning.
Xylitol, which is only intended for use by people, can cause sudden drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia), seizures and liver failure if ingested by dogs, the Food and Drug Administration says. Depression, loss of coordination and vomiting are signs that a pet may have ingested the artificial sweetener, and symptoms may occur within minutes to days of it.
Owners should consult a veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately for advice if they know or suspect that their pet has ingested a product containing xylitol, the FDA advises.
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All holidays pose special hazards for pets, but Halloween is by far the most dangerous one of the year, and parents need to be vigilant about keeping their dogs and cats safe, animal welfare experts warn.
More dogs die or stray during Halloween than any other holiday, according to Liam Crowe, a dog behavioral therapist and CEO of Bark Busters USA, which has 250 franchises nationwide.