Bubble Buster: Can Dogs Eat Gum?
Ever taken a pack of gum to school to your school or workplace?
Chances are that that people jumped at the chance to get some of that gum from you! It happens to the best of us…
Have you ever had your dog wag his tail at you when you open a new pack thinking it is a treat for him?
I can completely understand why you’d want to give your dog some of it. After all, the expression ‘puppy dog face’ has a simple truth behind it.
In this article, I will answer the question, “Can dogs eat gum?” to the best of my ability.
So, let’s begin, shall we?
I Got 99 Problems and The Gum Is One
The straightforward answer to the question, “Can dogs eat gum?” is a simple hell no.
Sharing a pack of gum with your doggy friend is, in fact, not a good idea but worry not as this means more gum for you!
Let’s look at the long version of the answer, shall we?
The thing is that gum has no practical utility for a dog---your doggy friend can’t chew it for hours and blow bubbles! On top of that, gum can be extremely dangerous when swallowed and can wreak havoc on your doggy friend’s system.
After all, everyone knows that your dog won’t spit gum after he’s done with it!
Chewing gum can be the cause of various digestive problems in dogs and can even be the cause of constipation.
And, if you’re contemplating giving your dog chewing because he’s got a bad breath then, you should probably invest in mouth freshener sprays for dogs and a good dental hygiene kit instead.
The Problem With Chewing Gums
Most of the ingredients of the chewing gums being sold in the market are artificial.
The classic and iconic sugar round ball of gum is slowly disappearing and is being replaced by gums that taste better, are sugar-free, etc.
This means more bad news for your furry companion.
The thing is, these new gums may contain toxic ingredients such as Xylitol which is downright toxic for your doggy friend.
So, steer clear of gums and keep your pack of gum out of your dog’s reach!
I recommend to call your vet in case of accidental consumption and he will be able to guide you best.
Final Words: Can Dogs Eat Gum?
No, dogs cannot eat gum and you should make sure to keep your pack of gum as far away from your dog as you possibly can.
Following are a few points of concern:
It contains a lot of artificial ingredients that may be toxic for dogs to consume
- 1Gum has no nutritional or practical value
- 2If swallowed, gum may cause gastrointestinal problems in dogs
- 3It contains a lot of artificial ingredients that may be toxic for dogs to consume
If you are considering gum because your dog has bad breath, you should opt for a good mouth spray or dental hygiene kit.
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