We now know that xylitol is defiantly a very harmful chemical for canines. If possible, try to avoid carrying your sugar-free gum or candy around in an accessible way, such as your purse, pocket, or even a backpack. Dogs can easily get into any bag, which many like to do as it smells of their owner. It’s the same as chewing up your slipper or any other belonging. Needless to say, most dogs are also prone to eating anything edible they find in your bag.
You can avoid such risks by keeping your sugar-free snacks in a child-proof, tamper-proof container. If you can avoid having food items that contain xylitol altogether, that’s the best choice. You can switch to regular gum or candy as well, having smaller portions of it according to your diet. There are other items that contain the same dangerous chemical, such as certain brands of toothpaste. Read the ingredients before purchasing anything like the food items mentioned here in order to make sure your dog remains safe.