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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 17th, 2008, 2:11 pm Thread Starter
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Sugar-Free Gum Deadly To Dogs

Checked with my vet on this one and it is true. Snopes link at bottom:

Warning to all dog owners - pass this on to everyone you can. Last Friday evening, I arrived home from work, fed Chloe, our 24 Lb. dachshund, just as I normally do. Ten minutes later I walked into the den just in time to see her head inside the pocket of Katie's friend's purse. She had a guilty look on her face so I looked closer and saw a small package of sugar-free gum. It contained xylitol. I remembered that I had recently read that sugar-free gum can be deadly for dogs so I jumped on line and looked to see if xylitol was the ingredient. I found the first website below and it was the one.
Next, I called our vet. She said to bring her in immediately.
Unfortunately, it was still rush hour and it took me almost 1/2 hour to get there. Meanwhile, since this was her first case, our vet found another website to figure out the treatment. She took Chloe and said they would induce her to vomit, give her a charcoal drink to absorb the toxin (even though they don't think it works) then they would start an iv with dextrose. The xylitol causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly.
The second thing that happens is liver failure. If that happens, even with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save them. She told us she would call us.

Almost two hours later, the vet called and said that contents of her stomach contained 2-3 gum wrappers and that her blood sugar had dropped from 90 to 59 in 30 minutes. She wanted us to take Chloe to another hospital that has a critical care unit operating around the clock. We picked her up and took her there. They had us call the ASPCA poison control for a case number and for a donation, their doctors would direct Chloe's doctor on treatment. They would continue the iv, monitor her blood every other hour and then in 2 days test her liver function. She ended up with a central line in her jugular vein since the one in her leg collapsed, just as our regular vet had feared.

Chloe spent almost the entire weekend in the critical care hospital. After her blood sugar was stabilized, she came home yesterday. They ran all the tests again before they released her and so far, no sign of liver damage. Had I not seen her head in the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn't even had known why.

Three vets told me this weekend, that they were amazed that I even knew about it since they are first learning about it too. Please tell everyone you know about xylitol and dogs. It may save another life.

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp

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Has xylitol tested on humans !!!!

All kidding aside, I always thought dogs could anything. Not so! They can't be given Tylenol (acetaminophen), screws up their livers also. Chocolate can kill them deader than a hammer. Our dog pukes if he eats any table scraps. Now our cats are a different story. They do OK on about anything they catch!

Hope Chloe pulls through OK!

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Jerry, a sincere thank you for getting this info out!

Thank man, and I hope your "little one" has no lasting effects.

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Re: Sugar-Free Gum Deadly To Dogs

The dog in the info isn't mine, I just found this report and ran it by my vet to confirm the info, then checked on Snopes to insure it wasn't a hoax. I have no idea who the dog belonged to or who the person relating the story is, but I am sure glad her dog is okay and she took the time to post this.

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Ah. I thought you had the experience described....
Well then you deserve even more credit for taking the time to post it for us. I was not aware of this until I read this thread.
Thanks again!

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Jerry thank you for the information. My wife and I are unaware of this. I called our vet and he stated that it is for sure true but they do not have much research on it.
Thank you much for the information, we must protect those unconditional loving pets!

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The dog in the info isn't mine, I just found this report and ran it by my vet to confirm the info, then checked on Snopes to insure it wasn't a hoax. I have no idea who the dog belonged to or who the person relating the story is, but I am sure glad her dog is okay and she took the time to post this.

Thanks for that info.....I knew about chocolate-but wow, I've got little grandkids and have to watch them closely with Ravin.

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