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My dog ate some Orbit gum yesterday afternoon, Paxley, she’s…

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My dog ate some Orbit gum yesterday afternoon

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Paxley, she’s 7

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The Orbit gums contain varying amounts of the toxic sugar alcohol xylitol (0.006-0.38 grams/piece). If ingested in toxic amounts, hypoglycemia can arise between 30 minutes-12 hours post-ingestion and demonstrated by weakness, lethargy, vomiting, disorientation, ataxia, and seizures. Some dogs don't show signs of hypoglycemia but develop liver injury. How much does Paxley weigh and are you seeing any signs of toxicity at this time?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She weighs about 75 lbs, she’s got some diarrhea
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She ate about 8 pieces out of the pack

The worst case scenario is 8 pieces of gum containing 0.38 grams of xylitol/piece = 3 grams. 3 grams (3,000 mg)/75 lbs = 40 mg/lb which is just at the point that hypoglycemia (but not hepatotoxicity) can arise. If Paxley is otherwise well albeit diarrheic, we can wait this out and expect her to normalize within 36 hours. If she's showing the signs of hypoglycemia as I posted above, it would be prudent to have her vet attend to her. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She seems a little lethargic, is there anything I can do to help with the diarrhea? Or just take her to the vet?

The diarrhea should be transient and not need treating. I would like to see what her blood sugar level is at this time which can be assessed by her vet while you wait in the exam room. Paxley should be fasted for at least 4 hours prior to having her blood sugar assessed.

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