Can dogs eat candy?

The holidays are almost upon us, and one of our favorite rituals this time of years is the mass consumption of sweet treats, especially in the form of candy. Kids love candy, adults love candy, everybody loves candy! But can our puppers enjoy the candy with us?

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I’ve already laid out the reason that chocolate is bad for dogs, and can lead to serious illness and even death. So, we already know to avoid giving your pet any chocolaty treats or candies, but what about other kinds of candies? Can a dog eat non-chocolate candy? Well, the answer is probably, but they shouldn’t, and there are many reasons not to give your puppy any of your trick or treating candy.

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In some sugar free candies, an artificial sweetener called xylitol is commonly used. This chemical is very dangerous for your pet, and can lead to severe illness. It’s even more deadly than chocolate. The reason it is so dangerous is because it is absorbed by their digestive system quickly, triggering their bodies to release large amounts of insulin into their blood stream, causing hypoglycemia. Avoid giving your dog any sugar free gum. They might love that sweet taste, but they can quickly become severely ill.

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In the case of sugary candies, hyperglycemia can quickly become an issue for your pet. We all know that eating large amounts of candy can be bad for you, but it can also be very bad for your doggy, and a large amount for your small furry friend is a much smaller quantity than it is for humans. The refined sugar that is used in candy and cookies and other delicious treats is often compared to drugs, as it is addictive and harmful to our bodies. Our puppies aren’t built the same way we are, and cannot process that sugar as well as we can. They can quickly become dehydrated, and very ill. While a single piece of candy may not make your pet sick, it is always best to feed them only the types of treats that are made for dogs.

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Hard candies can pose another kind of risk to your dog. They don’t really have the patience or ability to leave the treat in their mouths the way we enjoy them. They are much more likely to swallow the candy whole and choke. You wouldn’t want your pupper to choke on their treats, which is why most dog treats are easily chewed up for easy swallowing and digestion.

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I hope everybody has a safe and happy Halloween this year! Not sharing your candy with your dogs has the added benefit of leaving more for you!

I hope everyone reading this has another great week. Thank you for checking out my blog. Be sure to like and share and follow, if you enjoy the content. Check out the Pupper Blog’s other social media pages. And drop a comment down below. Happy Halloween!

Published by jdleeabc

I am a lover of animals, especially dogs. I am a blogger and clothing designer and a freelance writer.

3 thoughts on “Can dogs eat candy?

  1. Chocolate is bad for dogs because it contains Theobromine which can kill them but surprisingly they can eat candy like skittles and be fine as long as its in small amounts.

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    1. Thank you so much for your helpful comment. I think I didn’t make it clear enough that most candy in small amounts is harmless. I’m a better safe than sorry kinda guy, so I tend to just stay away from anything that has the potential to be bad for my dog. But you’re right. Small amounts of candy is totally fine in most cases. 😊

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