Artificial sweetener could kill your dog

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Artificial Sweetener Could Kill Your Dog

As a dog owner, you may spend a great deal of time trying to keep your pup away from the treats that may be dangerous.

Common examples of these things include chocolate, coffee, and small toys.

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Now, there's one more thing to keep your dog away from: chewing gum.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published new warnings outlining how xylitol, an artificial sweetener most often found in sugar-free gum, can be poisonous to dogs.

The xylitol rapidly decreases your pooch's sugar levels, and the consequences are potentially lethal.

Symptoms that occur from xylitol poisoning include vomiting, decreased activity, weakness, collapse and seizures.

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Artificial sweetener could kill your dog

Buttermilk

The only thing better than eating buttermilk pancakes in your pajamas is eating buttermilk pancakes in your pajamas without making a last-minute grocery store run. Freeze buttermilk in ice cube trays, then transfer to a resealable freezer bag. The cubes will last for 3 months.

Egg Whites

Homemade pudding and ice cream call for lots of yolks -- good thing you can freeze the orphaned whites for up to 12 months. Turn them into coconut macaroons, angel food cake or even marshmallows. For best results, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. Just keep in mind that frozen whites don't always whip up to a foam as well as fresh ones.

Lunchmeats

Brown-baggers, rejoice: Both unopened and opened packages of lunchmeat will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer.

Bread

You've probably frozen a loaf before, but did you realize you don't need to thaw it before eating it? Sliced sandwich bread is good for 3 months in the freezer, and revives quickly in the toaster -- making the freezer a better storage option than the fridge, which can dry bread out. Even a good baguette will last for 1 month in the freezer. Sprinkle it with a little water and bring it back to life in a warm oven.

Nuts

After 2 weeks at room temperature, the oils in some nuts can start to go bad. Freezing slows their decline. Just make sure you keep what you're planning to use immediately in the fridge; repeatedly opening and closing the bag in the freezer will introduce moisture and the potential for contamination.

Milk

Accidentally buy a carton right before you're about to go out of town? You can freeze milk for up to 3 months.

Whole-Wheat Flour

Just like nuts, whole-wheat flour contains oils that can go bad at room temperature. It'll keep in the freezer for up to 2 years.

Grains

Pantry staples like quinoa, farro and bulgur last for up to 3 months at room temperature, which is plenty of time for most people work through their supply. But if you have extra packages, sock them away in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Smoked Salmon

A vacuum-sealed package of salmon (or trout or mackerel) is good for 2 months in the freezer. And hey, so are bagels -- instant brunch for days!

Tofu

The texture will become much denser, but you can freeze tofu for up to 5 months to make smoothies or braises.

Half-and-Half

If you've got too much for your coffee, it'll be good for up to 4 months in the freezer. However, you can't say the same of heavy cream, which doesn't hold up well in freezing temps.

Tortillas

Yes, you can freeze them, so long as you let them thaw fully in the fridge (not the microwave) before using.

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Xylitol is also found in breath mints, baked goods, children and adults' chewable vitamins, cough syrup and toothpaste.

It's important to note that owners should only use special pet toothpaste when brushing a dog's teeth.

The Animal Poison Control Center reports that xylitol-related calls have spiked from just 82 calls in 2004 to over 3,700 calls in 2014.

So even if your dog has the most heart-wrenching puppy eyes, stick to using dog biscuits as your go-to treat. It could save his life!

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