Warning for pet owners: this popular candy can be deadly for your dog

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Attention all dog owners! There could be a silent killer lurking in your purse. Xylitol, an ingredient found in most chewing gum, can be deadly for dogs.

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As reported by the Wall Street Journal, North Carolina dog owner Tonia Cox "came home to find that the labradoodle had knocked her son's Ice Breakers gum off the counter and ingested about 20 pieces. The dog began vomiting and later became lethargic. A local animal hospital diagnosed liver failure."



According to veterinary toxicologist Dr. Ahna Brutlag, her center has had 2,800 calls about known or suspected xylitol ingestion so far in this year alone.

It is important to note that xylitol is sometimes added to specialty peanut butters, so be sure to read the label's ingredients very carefully before feeding some to your dog as a treat.

We know you love dogs, so take a look at photos from New York City's Halloween dog parade:

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Warning for pet owners: this popular candy can be deadly for your dog
Danny Cox, left, with his Chihuahua Paco, Alice Woodroof, center, with her Chihuahua Pearl and Amy Cox with her Yorkshire Terrier Penelope, all from Dallas, Texas, wear Day of the Dead costumes in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Twiggy, an Italian greyhound in a "pizza rat" costume, participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Jean Hsu, left, with her Pomeranian Karl and Liz Bresler with her toy poodle Chase in sushi costumes participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Michelle Guillen and her shih tzu Jojo wear a Pope and a nun costume as they participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of costumed dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Eric Launder in a piano costume and his pomeranian Simon in a Liberace costume participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Ruby Reising, a border collie in a Rihanna at the 2015 Grammys red carpet costume participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015,New York. Dressed as dinosaurs, a bumble bee, a skeleton and every action hero imaginable, dogs of all types and sizes competed Saturday for attention and prizes in the 25th Halloween Dog Parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Oscar, right, an abandoned paralyzed mixed breed dog in a Mobile Server Farm costume participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015,New York. Dressed as dinosaurs, a bumble bee, a skeleton and every action hero imaginable, dogs of all types and sizes competed Saturday for attention and prizes in the 25th Halloween Dog Parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A pug in a penguin costume participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015,New York. Dressed as dinosaurs, a bumble bee, a skeleton and every action hero imaginable, dogs of all types and sizes competed Saturday for attention and prizes in the 25th Halloween Dog Parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Eric Launder in a piano costume and his pomeranian Simon in a Liberace costume participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Jillian Rendace, left, with her mixed breed rescue dog in a Donald Trump costume are photographed while participating in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Jillian Rendace with Yogi in a Donald Trump costume participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Day of the Dead costumes, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015,New York. Dressed as dinosaurs, a bumble bee, a skeleton and every action hero imaginable, dogs of all types and sizes competed Saturday for attention and prizes in the 25th Halloween Dog Parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Kristin Doney and her rescue mixed breed Louie in a celebrity costume participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015,New York. Dressed as dinosaurs, a bumble bee, a skeleton and every action hero imaginable, dogs of all types and sizes competed Saturday for attention and prizes in the 25th Halloween Dog Parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Jean Hsu, left, with her Pomeranian Karl and Liz Bresler with her toy poodle Chase in sushi costumes participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Twiggy, an Italian greyhound in a "pizza rat" costume, participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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