We’re pleased to share a special guest post from our pals at Preventive Vet, a collective of veterinarians, respected trainers, and devoted pet lovers. Preventive Vet’s mission is to educate and spread awareness about simple ways we can keep our pets safe and healthy. One of those ways involves protecting dogs from xylitol, the natural sweetener used in Sugar-Free Glee Gum. Read on to learn why Sugar-Free Glee, and all products containing xylitol, should be kept far away from pooches– plus tips on how to do so, and what to do right away if your dog somehow manages to get your gum!
Sugar-free gum and xylitol: Important awareness for dog lovers
Just what exactly is xylitol? It’s a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener and can be found in many sugar-free gums and other sugar-free, lo-carb, and “no artificial sweetener” treats. Xylitol is a common alternative to sugar because it doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels, and it has positive benefits for your teeth. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for our four-legged friends! Xylitol can be extremely dangerous to dogs, even in very small amounts.
If your dog decides to go for a taste of your sugar-free gum, sugar-free mints, peanut butter, or even lip balm or other cosmetics that may contain xylitol, there’s likely to be some very serious consequences. When a dog ingests xylitol, they can experience a rapid drop in blood sugar and damage to their liver, with symptoms including weakness, vomiting, seizures, bleeding abnormalities, and the risk of death. Not to mention, a very worried pet owner and an expensive stay in the Animal ER. Signs can come on in as little as 30 minutes, so time is truly of the essence!
How can I protect my pet from xylitol?
You can prevent a frightening situation by adopting these good habits.
• Hang jackets, bags, purses, and other bags in a closed closet, or high up and out of reach. A clever dog might figure out how to access your sugar-free goodies if they are left on a coffee table or in the pocket of a coat hanging off the back of a chair.
• Consider a dog seatbelt or proper travel restraint when riding in the car. Not only does it keep your pup out of your purse (where he may find sugar-free gum, or a host of other common purse hazards) but it also keeps everyone safe in case of an accident or sudden stop.
• Be mindful about what you set on end tables, coffee tables, and nightstands, both in your home and when visiting a friend or neighbor’s house with a doggy resident.
• Throw out chewed gum in covered trashcans, because even chewed gum could still contain enough xylitol to cause harm to a dog that likes to go dumpster diving.
• Make sure your friends and neighbors are aware of the dangers of xylitol to dogs. Spreading the word will help to keep everyone’s dogs safe!
• Appreciate responsible companies like Glee who care about you and your pets enough to work with pet safety experts to spread awareness.
I think my dog ate my gum, now what?
Some dogs are very clever, and accidents can happen, so if you think your dog may have eaten a food or product that contains xylitol, be sure to:
- Take away any remaining gum or xylitol-containing product to prevent them from consuming any more than they already have.
- Check the labels to see if there is xylitol in the products they ate – not all gums contain xylitol. Fortunately, Glee very clearly lists on their packaging if a gum contains xylitol, as well as the amount per piece of gum.
- Call an animal-specific poison control hotline (either ASPCA-Animal Poison Control Center or Pet Poison Helpline) for advice on what to do and what to watch for. Tell them what he ate, how much of it he ate, and how long ago he ate it. Do this even if you’re unsure if the product your dog ate contained xylitol, and even if he seems normal. They are your best resources for information and peace of mind.
- If your dog shows symptoms like vomiting, staggering, weakness, seizures or other concerning signs, get to your vet ASAP, and bring the gum packaging if you can. If your vet is closed, head straight to the closest Animal ER. (Not sure where the nearest one is? Find one here.)
What about cats—is xylitol dangerous for them, too?
At the time of writing, there have been no reported cases of xylitol poisoning in cats, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe for cats to consume. It’s best to take the same precautions to keep gum away from prying paws, and contact your vet or poison control if your cat does get into any xylitol products.
Now that you have all the facts, you can safely protect your pets from xylitol while you continue enjoying your Glee Gum!
We don’t miss high school, but sure do wish we could take Larry B.’s ecology class. He recently came up with a whole Glee-themed lesson plan!
Under Larry’s guidance, the students pictured here first explored our website. They started by taking the interactive “Journey from Tree to Glee” photo tour, then read about our products and attributes. Larry explained the concept of Fair Trade enterprise, described the all-natural ingredients found in Glee, and compared Glee to other gum on the market. He even distributed Glee Gum samples for the class to try.
What’d the students think? “They were thrilled!” Larry reports, adding jokingly, “You know teenagers– the quickest way to captivate their attention is to mention anything related to food and the word ‘free’ in the same sentence.”
Larry suspects that most of his students think he is “two times older than dirt.” This doesn’t bother him because, as he quips, “I’m actually much older!”
Larry lives in Tennessee, teaches in Virginia, and has been ordering Glee Gum from our web-store for a few years now. When asked what he likes best about it, he offers a lovely list: “It doesn’t contain PVC plastic, it uses all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, it is a Fair Trade product, it is eco-friendly (both in product and packaging), it is unique, and I like the natural flavors.”
Hats off to Larry. Here’s hoping he and his fun gum lesson plans “stick” around for many Gleeful years to come!
For free, supplemental educational material, we invite you to visit our “Learn More” section. If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— simply send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the many places you’ll find Glee Gum samples this happy month. (And hopefully get a chance to chew them!)
Anniversary Celebration at Natural Market, Manitowac, WI ~ 5/1 – 5/31/16
“More for Moms” Mother’s Day Celebration at Whole Foods Market, Montclair, NJ ~ 5/6/16
10th Anniversary Celebration at Chatham Marketplace, Pittsboro, NC ~ 5/13 – 5/14/16
Family Day Event at Whole Foods Market, Albany, NY ~ 5/14/16
Earth Fare 5K at Carrier Park, Asheville, NC ~ 5/14/16
Kid’s Club Event at Whole Foods Market, Sarasota, FL ~ 5/18/16
Strides for Safe Kids St. Louis Fundraising Walk & Expo at Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MO ~ 5/22/16
Kid’s Club Event at Whole Foods Market, Naples, FL ~ 5/25/16
Treating ADHD Naturally Conference at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL ~ 5/25/16
Lots of Gleeful events this month! Here’s a selection, with fingers crossed that one or two are located near you. Expect to see gum galore for giveaway!
OwlThon Dance Marathon to Benefit the Shands Children’s Hospital at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL ~ 4/2/16
Spring Mix at Whole Foods Market, Jacksonville, FL ~ 4/2/16
Philadelphia Junior League’s Empowering You Health Fair at the Lankenau Medical Center Main Hospital, Plymouth Meeting, PA ~ 4/16/16
The Yoga Expo at Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, FL ~ 04/16/16
19th Anniversary Celebration at Healthy Horizons, Hammond, IN ~ 4/16/16
LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee, FL ~ 4/16- 4/17/16
Women’s Health & Education Fund (WHEF) Bowl-A-Thon at Town Hall Lanes, Johnston, RI ~ 4/17/16
3rd Annual Health Fair at Bel Air, Carmichael, CA ~ 4/18/16
Earth Day Celebration at Bare Essentials, Boone, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Garden of Eat’n, Jesup, GA ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Health Hut, Hickory, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Peggy’s Natural Foods, Stuart, FL ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Tidal Creek Co-Op, Wilmington, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Fairhope Natural Foods, Fairhope, AL ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Virginia’s Natural Food, Mobile, AL ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Rosewood Market, Columbia, SC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Hendersonville Co-Op, Hendersonville, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Lassens, Ventura, CA ~ 4/22- 4/23/16
The Healthy Communities Festival at Cascades Park’s Centennial Field, Tallahassee, FL ~ 4/23/16
Sooo, we joined Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Then we thought, we’re really not
wasting spending enough time online. What are we waiting for? Let’s get on Instagram, too!
Follow glee.gum for a behind-the-scenes look at gummy goings-on, Gleeful shenanigans, the occasional sticky situation, and our ever-smiling staff (pictured here at the recent Natural Products Expo West). We can’t wait to see what you snap, too! Pun intended.
Here’s a chance for not one, but TWO lucky ducks to win oodles of gum.
Hosted by our friends at Naturally Savvy, this is one Gleeful giveaway. Each prize pack includes pouches of Peppermint and Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee Gum, cases of Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint, Triple Berry, and Tangerine Glee Gum, and a bag of yummy Glee Gum Pops.
Enter by April 11, 2016 (US only). We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you! DETAILS HERE.
In the US these days, consumed by primary elections and presidential campaigns, some folks talk of moving to Canada. If such dreams/ threats are realized, here’s the good news: they have Glee Gum up there!
Yup, Glee Gum is sold throughout Canada. As evidence, we present Jacob T. of Owen Sound, Ontario, holding a pack of his preferred flavor, purchased from Well.ca. Jacob likes Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee because it “tastes good, has no aspartame or sorbitol, and makes my breath fresher.”
In addition to having terrific taste in gum, this tenth grade student happens to be a competitive hockey player and a talented jazz musician. He also mows lawns, which should come in handy for anyone planning to move to Canada around oh, say, November 9th. See you soon, Jacob!
The Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQROO) is an incredible public university in Mexico. Chicle, the tree sap used in Glee Gum, is harvested sustainably from this region— often by family members of UIMQROO students.
We’ve seen first-hand how the harvest of non-timber forest products like chicle helps to conserve the rainforest. And we’ve seen how UIMQROO gives students the tools they need to create positive change socially, economically, and environmentally.
But, 15% of UIMQROO students drop out each year because they can’t afford to stay. Please join us in helping these students. We’ll match your donation! READ MORE.
These days, you’ll see Glee in select locations of Target, HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx, Winn-Dixie, and more. We’re especially excited that our new Glee Gum Pops are “popping up” too, including in the candy aisle of all Sprouts Farmers Markets. Check out our store locator to find stores near you!
A few highlights from a recent walk. It was oh so snowy and awfully Gleeful! Don’t forget to pack a box of gum the next time you go a’ winter wandering. And, of course, button up. It’s chilly out there!
Glee Gum comes in many sizes– 2-piece minis, 16-piece boxes, 75-piece pouches. But for the most devoted chewers, only one size will do: BULK.
With a minimum of packaging, Bulk Glee Gum still manages to pack a punch. Each tube contains about a pound of loose gum (350-plus pieces) in the flavor of your choice. For Tiffany J. from Minneapolis, MN, that’s Spearmint!
A kitchen and bath designer by day, Tiffany has been purchasing Spearmint Bulk Gum from our web-store for awhile now. She jokes that the only time she’s not chewing gum is when she’s sleeping. Why does she like it? “Because it doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners. And it’s good!”
A fun fact about Tiffany is that she once met Tom Selleck, back in his “Magnum, P.I.” days. Anyone remember THESE? But you don’t need to be a P.I. yourself to guess that someone who’s a designer might have a few ideas involving her favorite gum.
“Maybe Glee could come up with a handy purse-size container for those of us who buy the gum in bulk,” Tiffany suggests. “Right now I use an old mint tin, but I’d love to have a container that says ‘Glee Gum’ on it.”
This is an idea that just might stick. Thanks, Tiffany!