Sadly we have had a lot of calls this week where dogs have become unwell after ingesting sugar-free chewing gum.
Sugar-free gum often contains large amounts of an artificial sweetener called xylitol. Just one or two pieces may be enough to make a dog seriously ill.
The xylitol in chewing gum can cause a crash in blood sugar levels leading to neurological signs, and can also affect the liver.
If your dog has ingested sugar-free gum, prompt veterinary advice is essential. Owners should call us for advice on the Animal PoisonLine 01202 509000. For detailed treatment advice, vets should call our dedicated professional line on 0207 3055 055.