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Q. "I dropped one adult gummy multi-vitamin for women and am worried my pom-chi may find it. Can it hurt them?

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. If it is a ''gummy'' tablet it may cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting or diarrhea.

The toxicity from the single components (Vitamins, mineral etc etc) depends on their concentration. Generally speaking it should be a major concern as the concentration is quite low.

If there is xylitol inside the tablet that may be dangerous, and in case of ingestion, your dog needs to be seen by a veterinarian. The ingestion of xylitol or xylitol-containing products causes a rapid release of the hormone insulin, causing a sudden decrease in the dog's blood glucose.

Signs to look for are: lethargy, vomiting, loss of coordination, collapse, and eventually seizures.


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