ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (CBS) –– Sugar-free gum may be your go-to for freshening up your breath, but for dogs, it can be deadly.
The Dalton family almost lost their 2-year-old lab Sookie earlier this month.READ MORE: Exclusive: CBS3 Obtains Surveillance Video Of Triple Shooting That Left Toddler Injured, 2 Men Dead In West Philadelphia
She was found unconscious after eating a pack of sugar-free gum.
“She was completely non-responsive, drooling, eyes rolled to the back of her head. It looked really bad. It looked like she was not going to make it,” said Sookie’s owner, Katherine Dalton.READ MORE: 3 Injured In West Philadelphia's Second Triple Shooting Of Day, Police Say
Veterinarians say a sugar substitute called xylitol, found in many sugar-free products, is poisonous to dogs.
“She had one of the most severe signs, she was actually presented with active seizures,” said a veterinarian.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Investigating 2 Crashes Involving Officers
After receiving IV drips to flush out the toxin, Sookie has made a full recovery.