[Help!] My Dog Ate Gum: Good or Bad?

So, what if your dog ate gum, or it took it to the next stage by eating a pack of gum? 

Just like kids, dogs can be hard to control sometimes. Because we don’t always have the power over what they do at certain points in time, or what they eat.  

Dog owners should know what effect gum can have on their beloved pets.

In this article you also learn how to make sure your dog is ok after the incident.

Chocolates are bad for dogs, and gum can be just as deadly.

So, the panic button is a perfectly natural key to press here. 

However, the situation is not all bad. You can be better informed against future occurrences while managing your present situation. 

How about we talk about this gooey situation at length?

That way, you know just what to do.

My Dog Ate Gum. Is It Okay?

In as much as we would advise you not to panic when your dog  has treated itself to a nice meal of gums, it is not healthy for your canine to have some. 

When your dog eats gum, it could be fine as long as there is no xylitol in that piece of gum.

Otherwise, please pay careful attention what xylitol is.

Xylitol in Chewing Gum

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener added to gums to make them have the taste that we desire in them, but it can be toxic to the body system of dogs. (source)

Xylitol in the bloodstream of dogs would cause a series of chain reactions. ​

For example, xylitol would immediately cause massive production of insulin in the dog’s body, effectively lowering the glucose levels and causing a massive reduction in the dog’s blood sugar.

If this is not treated on time, the dog can start to experience liver failure, some seizures, etc.

If your dog has eaten a pack of gum that contains xylitol, it would start showing adverse symptoms in a space of 30 minutes to 12 hours.

Chewing gum

The dog doesn’t need to eat much to show the symptoms either.

Research proves that as little as 50 milligrams of xylitol in the body of your pet is enough to cause the side effects to show up (source).

Unlike humans, dogs are not well informed enough to know that gum is to be chewed before it is being swallowed. 

They get everything in the top concentration into their belly at once.

Asides from the xylitol issue, digestion issues could also spring up.

Is Sugar-Free Gum Poisonous For Dogs?

Xylitol is a component of sugar-free gum that is good for the human teeth, but detrimental to the canine health.

While a dog would need to consume a large amount of chocolate (relative to their size) before they started to show the most critical symptoms, a little bit of xylitol is enough to kill your dog. (source)

Symptoms of Dogs Eating Gum?

Different dogs have different levels of tolerance. 

The weight of the dog and the amount of gum consumed is also a factor in determining how fast the symptoms would start to show.

Keep close tabs on the dog as they can start to exhibit symptoms within just 30 minutes and could span as long as 12 hours (source).

Within the initial minutes or hours of your dog eating gum, you would start to notice a slew of symptoms such as:

  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Drop in blood level (leading to collapse)
  • Haphazard co-ordination abilities
  • Coma
  • Internal bleeding
  • Death

Sadly, if you don’t treat your dog fast enough or get them under the care of a vet, they could die from the pack of gum they ate.

That is why it is good to be observant of your pet, and once you start noticing all of these symptoms, get in touch with a vet with your concerns.

Dog ate chewing gum and sick

If you believe that your dog might have eaten some gum, take it to the vet as soon as possible. It is better to be safe than sorry. 

What Should I Do Now If My Dog Swallowed Bubble-Gum?

The first advise to dog owners when they find out that their pets have swallowed some gum is to stay calm.

The recommended thing to do is to place a call to your vet, and let them know what has happened.

Likewise, refrain from administering any oral treatment to the dog. There is the chance that you would just end up making things worse for the dog. 

For example, your dog might already have a case of hypoglycaemia and making them vomit could just make matters worse for them.

Keep Gum away from Dogs

Now you know just how bad gum can be for the health of your dog.

It is time to start looking at ways to stop your dog from gum.

1) Not a treat

Ensure that you don’t have any reason to give gum to your dog.

There are a lot of  safe and proper dog treats out there.

2) Out of reach

Keeping your packs of gum out of reach can also help a lot.

A lot of dog owners calling the Pet Helpline admitted to having left a pack of gum lying around. (source)

Make sure your jackets and bags are always away from floor and zipped.

3) On a leash

Keeping your dog on a leash during the walk can save it from a lot of trouble. 

You can prevent it from scavenging on not only gum remnants spat on the side walk, but also “food” such as: unsafe mushrooms, rind of watermelons, banana chips or peels, corn, and the list goes on…

If you know your dog does scavenge a lot, consider using a muzzle whenever you’re out with it.

4) Out of sight

Dispose of chewed gum properly.

Also, do not leave gum anywhere around the house to get your dog’s attention.

5) Up-to-date

Finally, educate everyone around you on the danger of gums to dogs.

Better still, they should respect your no-gum policy for your dog. 

Your Dog, Chewing Gum and You!

Sugar-free or not, gum is meant for humans and not for pets.

It has to be the worst choice of treat that you can give to your pet. 

The best thing is to refrain from giving your dog chewing gum of any kind.

Also, make sure that you keep all packs of gum out of sight to avoid your pet helping itself to just a bite, or a couple of it.

Be well-informed and guided about the danger of xylitol in sugar-gum to your pooch!

With the increasing use of xylitol in home products by manufacturers, it is important to keep tabs on every jar whose content is made of xylitol in the home.

Always seek professional medical help when your dog ingests gum, or you start noticing any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Happy dog parenting!

14 thoughts on “[Help!] My Dog Ate Gum: Good or Bad?”

  1. Hey and thanks for your great, interesting and informative article. I have a dog myself, but luckily she doesn’t eat everything that lays around, like gum. But I know some dogs from family and friends which are affected by this problem. Your article could really help out a lot in sitautions like that.

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    • Hi los, I am glad that you found the article useful.

      You are really lucky that your dog won’t eat whatever she saw.
      Unlike Kyra, she isn’t picky. I have to keep a close eye on her very often.

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  2. Hi,
    Having a dog back in the early 1970s and before it became well-known are dog was given chocolate and of course had an adverse condition. She did not die but did have kidney stones twice. I don’t know all of these years later if there was a direct corrolation.

    You provided sound advice for any pet owner regarding leaving gum lying around for our 4 legged friends to eat. The individual simply must be extra careful not to leave any type of food – gum, chocolate, even human food as that is not meant to be consumed by dogs within easy reach where they can get to them and eat them.

    As you stated perhaps the best thing to do, I would think would be to get the dog to a vet ASAP and perhaps even before he/she shows the tell-tale signs that you mentioned following the animal chewing gum. The ingredient xylitol is quite deadly and every minute would count regarding saving that animal’s life it it comes down to it.

    A great article and something of educational value to any dog owner – even more so if their are children around the house who do eat gum on their own!

    Jeff

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    • Hi Jeff, thank you for dropping by. There are many foods that dogs can’t eat but we as humans sometimes think what we can eat is what they can too. Another thing is that it is hard to tell if xylitol is in the food until we look at th e package.

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  3. Hello and thanks for saying, there is a saying that goes like this and that is a dog is man’s best friends. no matter what they will be with you until the end it seems. Put as yo pointed we should be careful of the things that we leave laying around because our pets and dogs will have a go at it and if it is delightful they will consume it and that may not be good for them. Thanks for sharing I am sure that you readers will find your post most helpful.

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  4. Hi Josh,
    I learned something new today that now feels like vital knowledge for any dog owner to have. Thankfully, my dogs have never gotten into gum but every pet owner knows that vigilance is very important because a dog’s curiosity can drive them to get into anything! I will never be able to be careless with a pack of gum again! Thanks for this important info!

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    • Thank for dropping by Linda. I think gum is not only irritating to dogs but also to humans.

      Did you know that in Singapore, people are not allowed to chew gum? Dogs will be safer there. Haha.

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  5. I must admit I thought the problems regarding dogs eating gum was purely down the digestive issues associated with gum’s chewy cloggy nature. I never realised the artificial sweetener in Xylitol would produce a mass influx of insulin in their body causing blood sugar levels to massively reduce.

    I think the safest way if you notice your dog has gulped down gum is to visit the vets as soon as possible to try and alleviate any problems however it’s common sense to keep gum out of dogs reach just like you would hide household chemicals and the likes away from children.

    We used to have a sheltie dog and she was always inquisitive regarding items and food lying around the house. We had to soon adjust to organising our lives around her to hide tempting chewy stuff.

    Is this your dog in the photo?
    Thanks for your gum advice,
    Simon.

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    • Hello Simon, Thank you for the comment. Yes, basically dogs put whatever they see into their mouth just like we humans use our hands to experience the world. This is especially worse during their teething period.

      It is no doubt common sense to get chemicals out of reach but most dog owners didn’t know something edible by humans doesn’t mean it is for their pets.

      Indeed, my life has dramatically changed with dogs into my life.

      Yes, she’s Kyra. 😀

      Have a great day!

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  6. Thank you so much for writing this article. All too often, dog owners are unaware of what food etc can really harm their dog. If they do, they do not always know what to do when their dog has ingested something like gum. My dog is obsessed with soap, bar soap, in particular. He stole a whole bar of Irish Spring out of the shower and ate the entire thing. Needles to say, I switched to shower gel.

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    • Oh gosh! Was he all right after the soap incident? As dog owners we really need to be very aware of our surroundings. I used to have a dog that almost swallowed a tennis ball due to the fact I was not paying attention to him. After the incident, I literally watched what his mouth was doing.

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  7. Wow!

    I knew chocolate was not good for your dog; but did not know about chewing gum. I think its good to know what types of food to avoid giving your pet.

    Although, I can imaging someone intentionally giving their dog gum; if the dog got hold of a piece accidentally, I could see it. I guess being in the know about these things is the best practice.

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    • There are so many things dogs can’t eat. Soon I will make a list and keep you guys posted. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit by the way!

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