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Symtoms and Signs

Xylitol poisoning

While xylitol is safe for humans, it results in a severe insulin release when ingested by non-primate species (e.g., dogs!). Acute poisoning will occur in dogs, resulting in two main syndromes: hypoglycemia (i.e., a life-threateningly low blood sugar) and acute hepatic necrosis (i.e., severe liver failure).

Signs of Xylitol poisoning

  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Depression
  • Walking drunk
  • Acute collapse
  • Vomiting
  • Trembling or tremoring
  • Seizures
  • A racing heart rate
  • Jaundiced gums
  • Black-tarry stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising
With xylitol poisoning, it is imperative to calculate whether a toxic dose has been ingested. In dogs, doses > 0.1 g/kg are considered toxic and result in profound, sudden problems. Higher doses (> 0.5 g/kg) of xylitol have been associated with acute hepatic necrosis. Signs can come on as quick as 30 min after ingestion but it can take up to 12-18 hours.

Poisoning from Onions

Allium species, including onions, garlic, leeks, and chives are toxic to dogs. Plants inthis family contain organosulfur compounds which account for the distinctive odor and flavor associated with them.
The toxic dose is typically 15-30 grams per kilogram of the dog’s weight, or about .5% of the body weight and are metabolized into highly reactive oxidants which can damage the red blood cells of dogs.

Signs of Onion poisoning

  • Excessive salivation
  • Irritation of the mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Signs of abdominal pain
  • Rapid heartrate
  • Panting
  • Weakness
  • Pale or bluish gum

Lactose Intolerance in dogs

Some dogs have no problems digesting milk and dairyproducts. Yet others experience acute intestinal distress, like gas, diarrhea or vomiting, whenever they consume these kinds of foods.
The symptoms of lactose intolerance are uncomfortable, but not generally life-threatening unlessthey continue for extended periods of time. They can start within just thirty minutes to two hours from the ingestion of the dairy product.

Signs of Lactose Intolerance

  • Toileting accidents in the house
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss


Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, which can be mild to severe. Pancreatitis causes vomiting, nausea and pain. The symptoms of pancreatitis vary depending how severely your dog is affected.

Signs of Pancreatitis

  • Vomiting
  • eating less (or not at all)
  • Oainfultummy. Normally dogs can go into what they call into the prayer position when their abdoman is painful
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
Remember if in doubt with any signs or symptoms if your dog has digested potentially harmful to them it is always best to seek veterinary advice for the best/fast treatment that your pets may need.