The list of things that can kill your dog is getting longer and longer. Just last month we talked about not feeding Halloween chocolate to the pets and the other we had something on the Facebook page about someone killing pets with antifreeze in Vermont. Now it’s xylitol which is in…oh everything! It has a fascinating way of injuring your dog – it increases the release of insulin from the pancreas and the dog’s blood sugar drops to nothing very quickly. It would take (on average) about 9 sticks of sugar-free gum to kill a 45 lb. dog. If your dogs are like mine, 9 sticks of gum is an average Tuesday. Keep the sugar free candies and gum out of the trash where the dog can get it! If you find your dog with some xylitol-containing gum or candy, call your vet or the poison control center (the National toll-free number is #1-800-222-1222).