When your kids bring home their holiday loot, it can be tough to sort the candy out and doll out treats to your human kids—while ignoring the soulful gaze of your dog. Dog’s love treats, but many types of candy are deadly to dogs.
It takes about an ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight to kill a dog, but dark chocolate can cause even more severe reactions. Candy with raisins in them, or sugar free treats containing xylitol, are all extremely dangerous.
With admonishments around every corner on just how deadly this candy or that one is, are there any candies that are safe? Although no candy is great for your dog, these ones are harmless in amounts of 10 grams or less.
- Candy Corn
- Sour candy
- Jolly Ranchers
While these candies aren’t outright toxic to your pet, they’re still not necessarily great for your pet. Too much candy can cause vomiting and diarreah. If they eat a lot of high sugar, high fat candy they can also end up with pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is a painful and sometimes deadly condition for your pet, so make sure to keep candy out of reach of your pet.
It’s more likely that your pet ingests a large amount of candy from finding your stash, not from the odd skittle they find on the floor. When this happens and they’re willing to eat it, they often eat the candy wrapper and all.
Even if the candy is an ordinary sugar candy, the wrapper itself can pose a serious threat. Dogs can choke on wrappers but are more likely to get a bowel obstruction from wadded up plastic or tin-foil wrappings in their stomach.
If you find evidence your dog has broken into your candy stash, call your veterinarian right away. Even if the candy isn’t dangerous the wrappers could be.
Not Sweet Fans
Although these are safe to give your dogs in very small quantities (think less than 10 skittles for example), it doesn’t mean they are good for your pet. Larger amounts could cause vomiting or diarrhea in your pet.
In general, pets don’t even like candy. If you’d like to treat your pet on Halloween, consider making him a little goodie bag of his own with treasures he might find more enjoyable. A small bucket with delights such as an esophagus chew and some freeze-dried chicken will likely be better received—and safer—than candy.
You can also try making your own! Check out this chef who made classic candies in dog-safe varieties. If you do please let us know in the comments! We’d love to link a recipe for our readers.
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