Early treatment, before symptoms develop or of uncomplicated hypoglycaemia, often has a good prognosis. Unfortunately, if complications with the liver arise, a dog develops seizures or bleeding disorders, or if they slip into a coma, the prognosis can be very grave.
Swift treatment of any poisoning is very important, but the rapid action of xylitol means speed is really of the essence. Getting dogs which have, or may have, consumed xylitol to the vets as fast as possible is the best recommendation and has the best prognosis.
Naturally, prevention is better than cure, and making sure any products you use at home which contain xylitol are safely stored is the easiest way to stop poisoning from occurring. Taking the time to check ingredients labels is time well spent, as this is a great way to identify products you may not have thought of as being a risk for your dog.
There are also many other common household foods and products that can cause toxicity in dogs.
If you think your dog may have ingested xylitol, please contact your local Vets4Pets immediately.