Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is extracted from certain fruits and vegetables (Berries, oats, beets, cane sugar, birch and corn cob). It’s becoming a common sugar substitute and is found in many foods including sugar-free gum (Trident, Ice Breakers, Orbit, Nicorette) candy, gelatin snacks, pudding and baked goods. Xylitol is also found in certain vitamin supplements and in toothpaste and oral rinses. Xylitol is estimated to be 1000 times more toxic to dogs than chocolate.
She was concerned that she was getting too much sugar in her diet, as there had been times when I had suggested things for Destinee which made Jessica cringe (knowing all that she knows) but she follows through, one being that Destinee needed 3 cups of whole re-cleaned oats for 2 months. Jessica suspected that Destinee is a Insulin Resistant/Metabolic prone horse so this went against all the current advice out in the “horse world.” She went ahead and fed the oats, but was worried that with the oats, carrots, and apples as well as other fruits the guides said Destinee needed it may be causing what seemed to be going on! Each horse is an individual, and some of the IR/Metabolic horses may in fact need oats!
Dr. Moffat demonstrates how to apply a poultice to a dog’s paw, how to use Vet Wrap and how to tell if you’ve done an adequate job. She also gives tips on how to check the bandage to make sure there is no infection.
Dr. Moffat discusses how, when and why to take your dog’s temperature in this video.