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Xylitol

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is commonly used as an alternative to sugar in many human food products and medications.

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Vitamin D Toxicity in Dog

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs as it helps to balance calcium levels in the body, which is important for the bones, muscles, nerves and all cells in the body.

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Slug Pellets (Metaldehyde)

Metaldehyde is highly toxic to dogs and cats and is a common ingredient in some slug and snail pellets (although not all pellets contain metaldyhyde so check the label).

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Rat Bait

Poisons that are used to kill rats and mice can also be toxic to dogs, and are unfortunately quite attractive for them to eat, given their palatable flavour.

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Permethrin Toxicity in Cats

Permethrin is a commonly used insecticide in dog-only flea control products such as spot-ons, sprays, collars and shampoos.

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Paracetamol Toxicity in Cats

Paracetamol is extremely toxic to cats and should never be given to treat pain in cats – it will do far more harm than good.

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Onion and Garlic Toxicity in Pets

Onions and other members of the allium family, such as garlic, leeks and chives contain chemicals that are toxic to dogs.

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NSAID Toxicity

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a very common class of pain relief medications that include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen.

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Blue-green Algae Toxicity in Dogs

Despite the name, blue-green algae is not actually algae at all, but is the name given to a group of bacteria (cyanobacteria) that can be found in stagnant water.

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Lily Toxicity in Cats

Despite their beautiful appearance, lilies are highly toxic to cats. All parts of the plant are toxic, including the flower, pollen and leaves.

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