A letter in the July 14, 2009, Tomahawk Leader:
I just learned officially today from our dog's veterinarian in Rhinelander, that sugarless gum can kill your beloved 4-legged pet. Chewing gums like Trident or Stride, for example, can cause death with the ingredient Xylitol present in the gum. Sickness and death happens fast if not caught right away.
With the love that people have for their dogs today and the fairly new dog park in town, I thought this might be an important news item for people who do not know of this tragedy. I'm willing to bet not many people do know of this tragedy. I was quite shocked myself to hear about this from a friend and when I contacted the vet. personally to rule out that it was not a rumor.
Sharon and Steve Coushman