Xylitol is a sugar alcohol and is something used in sugar-free products like gummy bears, gum, baked goods, candy and oral hygiene products. Dentists actually promote this product to help with tooth decay. It is also used in over-the-counter products like throat lozenges and chewable vitamins.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a notice in mid-February cautioning consumers about the risks of consumption of xylitol by dogs and ferrets.
The FDA is aware of complaints involving dogs that experienced illness in association with accidental consumption of xylitol.
Xylitol is safe for humans but can be harmful to dogs and ferrets.