Poisonous To Dogs: A Deadly Ingredient in Chewing Gum

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You may be shocked to know there are substances in the street that are poisonous to dogs and your dog could be licking these sweet smelling items while you’re on your daily or nightly walk with your dog in your community.

Below I outline one such ingredient that could end your dog’s life if you allow your dog to feast on chewing gum that is casually laying around or being sniffed out by your dog in the street.

How can an ordinary thing like chewing gum be poisonous to dogs?  The answer is that Xylitol, used in sugar-free gum is absorbed quickly in the digestive tract of dogs.  A small dog only needs to chew up 1 or 2 pieces of gum to be poisoned.  Xylitol is used to replace sugar in many food products for humans.  In dogs, however, the effects can be fatal when not treated immediately.

Why is Xylitol poisonous to dogs?

Xylitol acts like sugar on the body and causes the release of insulin from the pancreas which reduces blood sugar leading to hypoglycemia.  In humans, Xylitol has only a slight effect, if any, on plasma insulin or glucose levels.  The insulin release, however, is poisonous to dogs.  There is also a very strong link between the development of liver failure in dogs with the consumption of Xylitol.

5 Symptoms in Dogs related to Xylitol toxicity:

  • Lethargy: The drop in blood pressure will take the energy right out of your dog often within 30 minutes of consumption.
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Seizures

If you see any of these signs in your dog’s behavior, you should immediately contact your veterinarian and call the Animal Poison Control Center nearest you.

Safety Tips to Prevent Your Dog from Access to Xylitol:

  • Keep your dog from getting into purses and pockets where gum or mints are stored that are poisonous to dogs.
  • Keep sugar-free gum and products with Xylitol as far away from your dog as possible.
  • Teach your family about the dangers of chewing gum for dogs so they don’t make a deadly mistake.
  • Have your dog walkers, sitters and doggie daycare read this article.
  • Keep your dog away from discarded chewing gum in the streets.
  • Watch for symptoms in your dog’s behavior that might indicate consumption of Xylitol.
  • Look for Xylitol in the ingredients of all your baking goods or packaged products.

Other products that contain Xylitol:

The first clue is to check the ingredients for a product that is “sugar-free.”   Remember that some products can be perfectly safe for humans, but poisonous to dogs.  Xylitol does not have an unpleasant aftertaste, but it does produce a cooling sensation in the mouth.  Mints and candies are often made with Xylitol for this reason.

Some baked goods like pastries, cakes and pies are sweetened with Xylitol.  Jams, condiments and products for diabetics may also contain Xylitol.  Because Xylitol acts as a preservative, it can be used to prolong products’ shelf-life.

poisonous to dogsKeeping your sweet dog away from dangerous sweet temptations in the street and in your home will extend your dog’s life.  Just because products like gum and mints are protected in wrappers will not prevent an inquisitive nose from getting to the sweet and poisonous treat.   Stay tuned for more dog health strategies to make your dog well.

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