Health Alert: Sugarless Chewing Gum Can Be Toxic!

March 14th, 2008 by Dan

One of my favorite Pit Bulls, a rescue dog named Georgia, got herself into quite a bit of trouble a few weeks ago. She decided that it was a good idea to consume a pack of Orbits Bubble Gum. The sugar free product contains a sweetener known as Xylitol. Xylitol is found in chewing gum, candy and other products. When consumed by a dog, Xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, leading to weakness, vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination and even seizures. There is also recent developments linking Xylitol and liver failure in dogs. The signs of this type of poisoning can start to show up as little as 30 minutes after consumption of the product and can last for hours. If you believe your dog has eaten a product containing Xylitol, call your veterinarian. Treatment for this type of toxin consists of supportive care with IV fluids (supplemented with dextrose to raise the blood sugar level).

It is very important to note that even small amounts of Xylitol can be toxic to your dog. There are accounts of dogs eating just one or 2 pieces of gum and suffering from this kind of poisoning. Make sure handbags and coats are safely out of your dog’s reach so the smell of yummy mint or bubble gum doesn’t tempt your pooch to take a closer look!
Georgia the American Pit Bull Terrier

(Georgia made a full recovery from her run in with Xylitol after a night of care and observation the Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. You can see a photo shoot taken of her right after the incident here! As you can see, she doesn’t look too traumatized, but she had us all very worried!)

One Response to “Health Alert: Sugarless Chewing Gum Can Be Toxic!”

  1. Forbidden Foods List for Dogs | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] Sugarless Chewing Gum – May contain Xylitol which can cause sudden drop in blood sugar, weakness, vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination and even seizures as well as possible Kidney failure. Xylitol can also be found in candy and other food items. [...]

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