Pets & Animals

Are Sugary Foods Safe for Dogs?


Almost everyone in the world adores the taste of sugary foods because of the sweetness that it brings to our taste buds. But as we all know, though this type of food is loveable, it could be detrimental to our health. Too much intake of food with high sugar content would take a toll on your teeth and would most likely cause you diabetes. If sugar does this to humans, would it do the same to our beloved dogs? The answer is yes, it might not hurt your squirrels but is a big no-no for dogs.

One thing every dog owner should know is that candy such as caramel isn’t recommended for dogs, and that’s because for one obvious reason: it is still sugar just in a different form.

This article explains why you, as a dog owner or lover, shouldn’t feed your pets with food rich in sugar.

Sugar causes your dog’s tummy to be in a bad mood.

Animals have microorganisms and bacteria found in their gut that they rely on for digesting food. And if the amount of sugar is more than what they can actually digest, this will cause imbalances to the microorganism and bacteria causing your furry pet to vomit and experience diarrhea. You wouldn’t want your dog to go through that stormy tummy, would you?

Sugar is toxic as hell for them.

Sweets like chocolates are rich in theobromine which most dogs cannot efficiently digest, unlike humans. This substance, when ingested in huge amounts, is toxic for them. Dogs may experience vomiting, diarrhea, increased urination, panting, or restlessness. In candies, xylitol is the substance that would intoxicate them, and just like in the case of theobromine, too much intake of xylitol could be lethal. It could cause your pet’s blood sugar to drop, something that’s called “hypoglycemia.”

It causes cavities.

Just like humans, the effect of sweets on our teeth could be very slowly detrimental to oral health because it releases acid that will erode the enamel coating. The same will happen to our dogs. This would spell pain to them when it reaches a point where the acids produced by sweets severely damage their teeth.

It could lead to diabetes.

As stated, the effects of too much sugar for us humans could also be the same for dogs. There is a big possibility that dogs can get this disease if not prevented in the early stage. This disease is called “Sugar Diabetes,” which refers to metabolism disorder. This may cause damage to many organs such as kidneys, heart, blood vessels, and nerves if pet owners are not responsible enough to take action in an early stage.

Final Words

As much as we value our health by regulating the food we consume, we, too, should be careful with what we feed to our pets whether it be a dog, cat, or a deer in backyard. Remember that our physical makeup isn’t like with our dogs. What could be tasty for you may be deadly for them. The bottom line is, you are what you eat. And this principle applied to our furry friends. So from now on, do not feed your dogs with sugar.

Cesar Millan
Cesar Millan holds a Master’s in Animal Behavior from Cornell University, dedicating his 11-year career to understanding and improving the human-animal bond. Since joining our website in 2022, Cesar has provided insights into pet care, behavior modification, and animal communication. His background includes roles in animal research and as a professional dog trainer. Cesar’s previous roles included working as a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. Cesar is an avid wildlife photographer in his leisure time and participates in conservation education programs.

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