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My mini-schnauzer was chewing a gum wrapper from Extra

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My mini-schnauzer was chewing a gum wrapper from Extra Spearmint. I do not see xylitol on the ingredients. I found gum near where my dog got into it. It had teeth marks in it. I don't know if he actually ingested any gum.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if your Schnauzer will be able to digest that. What is the Schnauzer's name and age?
Customer: Fritz 9 yo
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your Schnauzer?
Customer: I don't think so.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thankfully, this gum doesn't contain the toxic artificial sugar xylitol - it contains non-toxic sorbitol, gum base, glycerol, mannitol, natural and artificial flavors, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate; less than 2% of: aspartame, acesulfame k, soy lecithin, bht (to maintain freshness), and colors (tumeric, blue 1 lake). Even if Fritz ingested the gum, as with ingesting anything unusual transient gastrointestinal distress in the form of inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea can arise but Fritz wasn't intoxicated. There's no need to induce emesis or treat in any manner. Please respond with further questions or concerns.