Things That Make You go Hmmmm!

chickadeedeedee(z 6-7 ish Ohio)January 16, 2007

It is fairly well documented that artificial sweeteners are NOT good for pets. NutraSweet® is also the brand name for the sweetener aspartame and can make dogs and cats very ill if they eat diet foods which contain them.

Now there was a study published in Veterinary Medicine (Dec. 2006) which states that the sugar substitute XYLITOL causes decreased blood sugar (hypoglycemia) but can also produce acute and potentially life threatening liver disease as well as bleeding disorders.

The ASPCA did a study of eight dogs who had eaten xylitol laden diet food shared with their pets by weight conscious owners and five of the eight dogs either were euthanized or died of liver failure.

PLEASE ... If dieting do not share your diet food with your pets.

Hmmmm ..... If this substitute stuff is potentially toxic to our pets ... what the heck is it doing to US?!?!?

C3D

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comettose(7)

Try Splenda which is modified real sugar.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 8:00PM
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chickadeedeedee(z 6-7 ish Ohio)

Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial sweetener which is a chlorinated sucrose derivative. The following is some information I got from the link below. ....

Adverse effects reported in pre-approval research included:

~Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) (EO56)
~Enlarged liver and kidneys. (EO57 &E161)
~Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus (EO51, EO56, EO151)
~Increased cecal weight (E151)
~Reduced growth rate (EO57)
~Decreased red blood cell count (EO55)
~Hyperplasia of the pelvis (EO57)
~Extension of the pregnancy period
~Aborted pregnancy (E134)
~Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights (EO32)
~Diarrhea

Generally the major problem dogs will encounter when ingesting sucralose / Splenda is violent diarrhea. People can get the same problem if they eat too many of the sugar free stuff.

Best advice ... no artificial sweeteners for your pets to keep them safe as can be. :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Sucralose / Splenda Toxicity

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 8:28PM
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sheepco(MN z4)

THANK YOU for the great information ChickaD3!! Will pass it on!
Sarah

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 8:47PM
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comettose(7)

Well, if he was not dead I'd have a few words with Dr. Atkins! In any case, my dog does not eat any of that crap, only I do, with coffee. 1 level teaspoon per day. Thanks for the information C3D. Good to know. CT

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 8:53PM
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youreit

Another thanks here, Chicka! From my Pookie, as well. She's happy that dieting can now be limited in yet another way. :D

Brenda & the chunk-style kitty

    Bookmark   January 17, 2007 at 8:46AM
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