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My dog ate two pieces of Extra peppermint chewing gum, and i

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Hi there! My dog ate two pieces of Extra peppermint chewing gum, and i just found out that they consist of xylitol i am not sure how much per piece of chewing gum
Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is your dog's name and age?
Customer: I am not sure if there is a vet open nearby at this time of the day
Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?
Customer: she is 30kg
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 7 months ago.

Hi, Welcome to Just Answer. I'm Chris, a small animal Vet based in the UK. I am reviewing your question and will get back to you as soon as possible

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 7 months ago.

It is sometimes difficult to acertain how much xylitol chewing gum contains, but often it is quite a lot. Due to the fairly significant risks from toxicity I would advise contacting your vet straight away, they are like to recommend inducing vomiting at this stage to try and get her to bring them up again.

If you call your vets regular number then they will direct you to their out of hours service.

I hope that answers your question?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Can you tell me what symptoms i should be wary of
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
She seems fine at the moment and she ate the chewing gum 2hours ago
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I gave her extra food
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Also what is the accceptable amount of xylitol for a dog??
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 7 months ago.

Xylitol poisoning causes hypoglycaemia which can cause lethargy, incoordinated behaviour and seizures. It can also cause serious liver damage. A dose of around 0.5g/kg bodyweight (about 15g for a dog your size) would be considered a potentially fatal dose, smaller doses may not be fatal but can still cause serious problems.

2 hours ago is probably too long to induce vomiting now, so monitoring of liver parameters, blood glucose and administration of activated charcoal would be the next steps.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you i will drive her to emergency now
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 7 months ago.

You're welcome. I hope all is OK.