Sweet­ener is deadly

Sunday Express - - BREEDING CRUELTY -

A TV cam­paign will be launched to alert pet own­ers to the dan­gers of dogs eat­ing the nat­u­ral sweet­ener Xyl­i­tol, a deadly poi­son to the an­i­mals, writes David Stephen­son.

On tonight’s Do The Right Thing With Ea­monn And Ruth, at 9pm on Chan­nel 5, Kate Chacks­field will tell the story of the death last Oc­to­ber of her Vizsla called Ruby.

Ruby col­lapsed after she ate some brown­ies in which the nat­u­ral sweet­ener was used and died after eight days in in­ten­sive care.

Ms Chacks­field said: “One tea­spoon will kill your dog. It’s the new ter­ror. We think one dog a day is dy­ing from Xyl­i­tol.”

TV pre­sen­ter Ea­monn Holmes said: “As a dog owner we spend our lives try­ing to pro­tect our dogs from harm and how shock­ing is it to re­alise that there is a killer lurk­ing in your own kitchen that you may in­ad­ver­tently feed your dog as treat?”

VIC­TIM: Kate with her beloved dogRuby

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