Can Candy & Treats Be Bad For My Pup?

Dogs can’t eat a lot of the same food people can. If you’ve slipped your dog any non-conventional treats like candy with chocolate or xylitol in it, he’s guaranteed to not feel well. Although a burger won’t hurt your pup per se, maybe you’ve given him more than his share. Or maybe, some of the food contained spices and garlic, which your dog cannot digest well.

If candy and other junk related food is at your disposal, It may be time for both of you to clean up your diets! Its a brand new year and while it’s OK to still eat all the goodies, just do it in moderation (for both you and your pup).  The best rule of thumb is to make sure candy and other sorts of treats are kept in cabinets and out of reach. When the kids come home from a long day at school, it is important they know to keep them in a place the dog can’t grab. Dogs are curious and hungry – they will devour all your treats if you aren’t watching!

Especially when it comes to Candy….it is not healthy for your pup. Unlike meat or bread, all candy is bad for dogs. Candy that contains chocolate, caffeine, theobromine, macadamia nuts, and xylitol can be poisonous to your pup, give him a stomach ache, lower blood sugar, and even lead to liver failure!

If you’re looking for some healthier treats to give your pup, opt for pieces of fruit (apples, blueberries, bananas, melons), vegetables (celery, cucumber, boiled potatoes), small pieces of lean meat, and pumpkin, because what’s fall without pumpkin?

So, you started giving your pup some healthier snacks, but we don’t blame you if you still sneak him the occasional burger, but how can you tell if your pup isn’t processing the food well and showing signs of a belly ache?

Some signs of a belly ache in a dog include:

    • Loud stomach gurgling
    • Excessive gas
    • Little to no appetite
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Excessive thirst
    • Burping
    • Foul breath

It is best to keep with the traditional veterinarian recommended treats as part of your dog’s diet and with that you will sure to have a bell-ache free pup.

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