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While on a walk today, Mugsy snagged a chunk of used (ewwww...) gum off the sidewalk. There was still some left behind and I got the majority of it out of his mouth, but he did swallow a little (probably less than a pea-sized) bit of it. He got a ton on his face too, which was a joy to pick off. Should I be concerned? I've read some things online that say gum isn't bad, but I know I've read that it could also be deadly depending on the ingredients. Is there something I should be watching for? I'm going to call the vet too just to see what they say. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
 

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I don't think there's anything to be really worried about (if I'm mistaken, please correct me!!).
I would just keep an eye on him for the next 24 hours, make sure he poops everything he needs to poop (it will probably wash out with his food).
 

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I think gum is usually not a problem. Last night I found a package of gum with Xylitol on our patio table. I don't often lose my temper but I was really angry. It was within Maggie's reach and I have preached over and over to my daughter and her friends that it cannot be here at all. We were very lucky that I found it before Maggie. Most gum is harmless but it never hurts to check with the vet.
 

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Just got off the phone with the doc and she said that since it was pre-chewed (yuck!), most of the chemicals should have been absorbed by the person who chewed it, so it should just pass through with all the other junk he picks up.
 

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Just got back from the dog park and a woman said she had gotten three e-mails from friends that day saying that there has been a reformulation in the sugar free ingredient and that it can be toxic to dogs. Certainly the vets advice from Angi is right on, I bet it applies to unchewed gum...
 

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Just a word of caution: As few as three or four sticks of unchewed chewing gum which contains the sugar substitute Xylitol can be a real threat to a beagle!
 
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