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My daughter has been asked to take care of our neighbors' dogs while they're on vacation since she's homeschooled and can go over there and play with them during the day. I'm helping her walk them (one is a huge lab, very strong), but she's feeding them and playing with them, etc...She's thrilled b/c she loves dogs and we haven't had one for a few years. She's been invited to hang out at the house to keep the dogs company and get some quiet time away from her little brothers; she was also invited to help herself to whatever food she wanted, etc...So, she got some gum, which we don't get. And then she put it in the trashcan there and the lab ate it. Sooo, we've already talked the need to be more careful with her responsibility, even though if the dog took the gum out of the trash this time, she's probably done it before, given that the three teen-age girls always have gum. Although my daughter says she's never seen her go into the trash before...Anyway, is there anything we need to worry about? I don't think any of our dogs in the past ever got hold of gum...<br><br>
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Missy
 

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i think if it was just one piece the dog should be fine, although there is a worry about the sweetener used in some gums, i forgot the name of it but it is poisonous to dogs.
 

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I once had senior foster who loved gum and would find in no matter where it was. He ate many pieces and was unbothered. Just make sure the dogs are still pooping regularly and not throwing up. (signs of intestinal blockage).
 

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So far, no problems. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And we've been spending a pretty fair amount of time with them (we're in withdrawal...my older kids have been pushing for a dog but my youngest--he's 3--was born after our last dog died, so he's never been around them and has always been somewhat scared--loves dogs, as long as they keep their distance--and this has given him a lot of confidence, really raised his level of comfort. And my dh and I love big dogs). It's been fun.
 
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