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The Dangers of Chewing Gum to Dogs

20th Aug 2015

The Dangers of Chewing Gum to Dogs

When you think of hazards to dogs the first thing that doesn't come to mind is chewing gum. Chewing gum is a hazard whether your dog likes to pick it up off the paths when out for walks or if they accidentally step on some when out and about.

When you are out and you accidentally step on chewing gum it is really annoying and impossibly hard to remove from your shoe, for a dog it is even more annoying as it can cause a lot more problems than you would expect.

Dogs sweat through their paws so it is very important that the hair is removed from between their pads to help keep them cool, if the long hair is not removed it makes and easy target for chewing gum to attach and stick too.

As dog groomers we clear the hair out from dogs paws a lot, each and every day. Chewing gum in a dogs paw is thankfully not something we see very often but we had a very bad case recently.

The dogs pad had become red, sore and had started to puss where the pad could not sweat and the chewing gum had become stuck in-between causing the dogs paw to become irritated. As the chewing gum had become so stuck it had to be slowly teased out with scissors and clippers. Once most of the chewing gum and hair had been removed the dog was bathed and the paw rinsed to help soothe the irritation. Once the dog was completely dry the last parts of chewing gum were removed and the paw straight away looked less irritated. (See image below).

It is very important that you check your dogs feet regularly for sores, knots, mites, cuts and for if the nails need cutting. Checking your dogs feet regularly will help you keep on top of any problems when they occur.

Chewing gum can also be a hazard to your dog if they to try to eat it, like with humans chewing gum can be a choking hazard and can get lodged in the throat. Most chewing gum also contains the sweetener Xylitol which is poisonous to dogs.

If you have any concerns or think your dog might have eaten chewing gum please contact your dogs Vet for advice.

In the picture below we have shown the paw before the chewing gum was removed, you can see the red sores and where the pad had started to puss as the skin could not breathe. We have then shown the chewing gum once it was removed from the dogs pad, you can see it was very thick and had to be teased out as it was originally one large clump of hair and gum. In the last photo on the right you can see that once the chewing gum was removed and the paw bathed it looks much less irritated and sore.

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