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The Skinny on Xylitol

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that has become more popular in human baking and foods due to its low glycemic index (low-sugar). While we as humans can handle xylitol well, it can be very toxic to our dogs (it is still unknown at this time as to its effect on cats). When a dog ingests a product containing xylitol it can cause severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as well as the sudden onset of liver failure and can, in some cases be fatal. The problem with xylitol is that it is readily found in a lot of products around our home as well as in our bags and only a small amount can be toxic. Below is a short list of some of the many products that contain xylitol:

  • Chewing gum
  • Low-sugar/ sugar-free foods
  • Jam
  • Vitamins (chewable/liquid formulations
  • Energy/protein bars
  • Some peanut butter
  • Dental products (toothpaste)
  • Nasal sprays

If your pet ingests a product containing xylitol, call your veterinarian immediately as this is an emergency. Our treatment focuses on decontamination (may cause them to vomit) and then supportive care, monitoring blood sugar and liver values as well as trying to flush the xylitol from the system with IV fluid therapy. Frequent monitoring and liver support may be required for a short time or more long term.

Written by Dr. Tara MacKay, DVM

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What You Need to Know About Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.

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Last updated: July 9, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic