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I am sorry your boy may have eaten the gum.
Xylitol causes a dangerous drop in the blood sugar, considering he had insulin right before eating this makes me very concerned that the sleepiness is due to a drop in the blood sugar.
1-2 pieces of gum containing Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia in a 20 lb dog.
There is no way of knowing how much xylitol was left in the gum and diabetes further complicates the problem.
I would suggest having him seen immediately at your local animal emergency. They can test the blood sugar and monitor him tonight.I really would not take the chance if there is any possibility he got the gum.
I hope he does ok,please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns.
You can monitor him at home, if you notice any signs of low blood sugar give the syrup(1/4 teaspoon) and get him in right away. If he does ok tonight I would suggest following up with your vet as soon as they open in the morning.
I would make sure someone checks on him through the night.
I had forgotten to mention that I had called that 24 hr University vet center and they were no help -- they said to call poison control, which I did, only to get a recording that it cost $35!!!
Is there anything else I should watch for? Being it should be just a small amount of the xylitol being already partially chewed out?
I'll keep him right with me for the night. He's a tad spoled anyway! hee hee
Mine are spoiled too, I share the bed with 3 dogs and two cats .
Some of the first signs you may see if the glucose is dropping is shaking or extreme lethargy(not picking up his head not wanting to walk) If you see either of these symptoms this would warrant a vet visit.
Here is a more detailed list of possible symptoms
We did cataract surgery almost 2 years ago. Originally both eyes successful, but a few days later, one had a spike and he got glaucoma in that one and can only see shadows, but the other eye is perfect again. Very pricey procedure! Still gets 4 different dosages of eye drops daily plus his 2 insulin and an ointment. He's a lot of work, but our baby. Usually very good but hehas his moments like tonight!
I'll watch him close and try not to be a overworried mom. Bye the way -- he likes to have lullabies sung to him and rocked when he's scared or sick! What a character!
Thanks for the help. Belly rubs to your 4 legged bed friends!
He does sound like a character, He is also very lucky to have such a great mom that has gone the extra mile for him.
You are very welcome and tell him no gum until he learns how to blow bubbles.
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