If you didn’t know it, gum can kill your dog! Xylitol, a common ingredient in many gum and breath mint brands. Even in small amounts, Xylitol can cause blood sugar to crash rapidly and in larger amounts cause complete liver failure. In addition to gum, Xylitol can also be found in OTC medications such as children’s Benadryl (liquid), chewable vitamins, toothpaste and so much more.
The Toxicity of Xylitol
Well it is estimated that xylitol is 100x as toxic as chocolate is to dogs. Pretty scary huh?
The Effects of Xylitol on Dogs
Unlike humans, when dogs ingest Xylitol the pancreas releases insulin causing a drop in blood sugar, aka hypoglycemia. This can occur with 10 to 60 minutes after ingestion based on body size.
Just a Small Amount
It all depends on the brand of gum, but 50 mg per pound can cause hypoglycemia. Some brands can contain 1g of Xylitol per piece which can cause hypoglycemia of a 45 pound dog with just 2 pieces, and liver failure after 10 pieces.
Symptoms of Toxicity
- Difficulty walking or standing
What do I do if I suspect poisoning? Call your vet or your local pet poison control immediately. Time is of the essence.
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Mary from YourDesignerDog says
Great minds think alike! I talked about xylitol for my x word as well. I stuck to just chewing gum, but I really like how you mentioned other products that also contained xylitol. I never thought that chewable vitamins and Benadryl would have xylitol in them.
Tzu Mom says
I know it sounds crazy, but since I give Benadryl to my girls on occasion I was worried that the dis solvable tabs would have them, especially since they were grape flavored.
Earl Lover says
Luckily, we were aware of this! Cathy C – its so disgusting isn’t it. Earl before tried to eat a piece, but luckily I got him away quick enough. Not only is that totally vile, but its pupating our pups in danger too. >:(
Lots of Woofs from Earl an I at Earl’s World!
Tzu Mom says
thank goodness you were able to stop him…. that is a possible scary situation.
Cathy C. Bennett says
Because people are forever spitting gum out on the sidewalk and streets, I am always fearful that Harley will try and eat it off the ground. I know that sounds insane, but I do worry.
Tzu Mom says
Actually that doesn’t sound insane… I never even thought about that. Great point!!!