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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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Dog eaten chewing gum confining xylitol, He’s a medium sized

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Dog eaten chewing gum confining xylitol
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What size is the dog? How much of the gum was eaten?
Customer: He’s a medium sized whippet, he ate around 4-5 pieces
JA: Has he thrown up since this happened?
Customer: No, it was around 10-15 minutes ago and no vomiting or change in behaviour
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Romeo, he’s 1
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Which brand of gum was it and how much does Romeo weigh, please?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Wrigleys extra cool breeze, he weighs around 12kg
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Thank you. This gum contains 1,400 mg of xylitol per piece. 5 pieces would contain 7,000 mg. 7,000 mg/12 kg = 583 mg/kg which is enough (>495 mg/kg) to cause liver toxicity. Hypoglycemia may or may not arise prior to liver toxicity. Romeo needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. He needs to be decontaminated by emesis, placed on IV fluids containing glucose, and have his liver function assesses serially over the next few days.

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