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what if my dog eats gum

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what if my dog eats gum
Hi there,

Welcome to Just Answer! I would like to help you and your dog with this question, but need a bit more information in order to better assist you.

Is the gum sweetened with xylitol?

How old and what size is the dog?

How long ago did this happen?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The gum was not sweetened with xylitol. he is 2years of age and is about 40 pounds in weight. he ate a bag of jelly beans a pack of gum and chocolate bunny. this occured about 8 o'clock pm yesterday. what should we do? thank you.

Xylitol is a sweetener used in sugarless gum and it is very toxic to dogs!


How many hours has it been?


Is he able to walk?


Oh, you said NOT sweetend with xylitol! PHEW!! Sorry, in my panic I missed that crucial word...

Ok, I feel better now!

Any vomiting or diarrhea since he ate this candy pile?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
the label says nothing about xylitol so were asuming that its not an ingredient. it has been about 20 hours, and he is able to walk.

Because this gum did not contain xylitol, then it is unlikely to cause major problems other than a bit of vomiting and diarrhea. I'm assuming he ate the wrappers as well?

With dietary indiscretion (also called garbage gut) dogs can have a gastroenteritis that can lead to prolonged diarrhea. The fastest way to clear this up is to rest the intestines so that they have a chance to heal. This means that the diarrhea will resolve most quickly if you with-hold food for a day and then give a very bland diet that is easy to digest. Let me give you details:


1. NO FOOD! Do not offer him anything until for at least 24 hours.


2. He can have lots of clear fluids.

So, water is fine, but also he can have pedialyte, Gatorade, apple juice diluted 50:50 with water, or chicken or beef broth diluted 50:50 with water. Give the fluids in small amounts frequently. For a dog his size that means about 1/2 cup an hour.


3. By tomorrow, if the diarrhea has stopped, you can start him back on a bland diet.

For patients that I see, I recommend a mixture of 75% cooked white rice, and 25% low fat protein. For the protein you could use extra lean ground beef, boiled with the fat scooped off, or chicken breast boiled with fat scooped off or even scrambled egg cooked without fat in the microwave. Feed her small frequent meals. For a dog his size, I would suggest 1/2 cup every 3 to 4 hours.


4. Over the period from Tuesday to Sunday, you would gradually change him back to his normal diet and food.

So, on Wednesday, give the rice mixture, but bigger meals, spaced further apart. On Thursday, mix a little tiny bit of his own food in there, and get him down to 3 meals or so. And so on.


5. If your dog cannot keep down the fluids, he needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible because he will get dehydrated.


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I would also recommend that you phone your veterinarian tomorrow to advise them of what is going on.


Good luck with dog! If this has been helpful, please hit the green "Accept" button and leave feedback.


If you need more information, click on reply and I will still be here to answer further questions.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
alright will do thanks so much you were a great help! Tongue out
You are very welcome!


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