A dog who almost died after eating five packets of chewing gum and collapsing at home is alive thanks to Blue Cross.
Vets at our Victoria animal hospital in central London said Coco is lucky to be alive after the Staffordshire bull terrier ate 30 pieces of sugar-free spearmint gum, which contains a sweetener that is toxic for dogs.
Owner James Michael returned to his home in Vauxhall, south London, to find Coco collapsed in the kitchen and immediately contacted Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria.
“I knew something was wrong because she usually jumps up at me when I get in the front door,” Mr Michael said. “I found her lying flat on her side on the floor in the kitchen. She looked paralysed.
“I didn’t know chewing gum was poisonous for dogs until the vet at Blue Cross told me I needed to bring Coco in immediately. I was panicking and thinking she wasn’t going to pull through.”