I know you want to give your “best friend” that treats. The feeling is like having a cheat day out of the week as a fitness addict; that one day when you can eat pizza and not feel bad.
Some other schools of thought would tell you “Chocolate is bad for dogs, so gummies will be a suitable alternative.” Well, if you have been in any of these scenarios, then this article is for you.
There are some foods, and snacks we eat that are yummy for us but have been proven to be harmful to dogs. These foods include;
- Ice Cream
- Macadamia Nuts
- Grapes And Raisins
- Cheese (In Excessive Quantity)
- Salt (In Excessive Amounts)
- Coffee And Tea
- Lemon And Lime
Now, some of these foods are harmful or even deadly when used in excessive amounts. Another thing to note is that what one dog might eat, another dog might have allergic reactions to.
It is thus advisable to introduce certain foods into a dog’s dietary plan step-by-step so that you can note which foods your dog is comfortable eating, and which food (even though normal) are harmful to the dog. So, to answer your question.
Can Dogs Have Gummy Bears?
No. Dogs cannot eat gummy bears.
I know you might be surprised but you do not have to be. Let me explain. Gummy bears are candies made in different shapes (that range between animals like worms, sharks, frogs, snakes, to fruits like cherries, apples, peaches, oranges, and even objects and shapes) and colors and flavors, made originally of fruit gum and sugar.
Nowadays, Gummy bears are made of Xylitol, a sugar-free alcohol. Xylitol is a suitable replacement for sugar which is known to cause tooth decay without reducing the taste of gummy bears because xylitol tastes as sweet as sugar.
But, dogs cannot eat gummy bears because of the Xylitol they contain. – Animal Hub
Xylitol is safe for consumption by humans and this is why it is used in toothpaste, sugar-free gum, and candy, artificial sweeteners, mouthwash, mint, etc. xylitol is so fatal that it is said to be one of the most toxic ingredients to dogs.
A 70-pound dog would only need to consume a few gummy bears to cause adverse effects. – Fluffy Planet
Effects of Xylitol in dogs
Xylitol can cause a condition in dogs called Xylitol Poisoning. Xylitol poisoning in dogs makes them present with the following symptoms:
- Unstable walking or staggering
- Slowness or Inactivity (Lethargy)
- Hypoglycemia or Low blood sugar
- Accelerated heart rate
- Abnormal stool
And the severity of these symptoms, as well as lack of treatment of Xylitol poisoning can lead to death. You should also keep an eye on your pet to notice any of these symptoms early before the condition deteriorates as this list is not exhaustive, and so the symptoms of a dog that has Xylitol poisoning might be very different from the ones mentioned in the list above.
This is why it is important to keep an eye on your pets especially during celebrations and festivities like Halloween, Christmas, and even parties. You should also educate your children and your wards on the dangers of feeding the dog gummy bears.
Home Remedies For Xylitol Poisoning
If you notice that your dog has consumed a few pieces of gummy bears and is exhibiting mild symptoms of Xylitol poisoning, there are a few things you can do at home to salvage the situation. – Pet Safe
Some of these remedies include:
1· Induce Vomiting
You will need to do this in a place that can get messy without you being touchy about it. So, I would suggest you take the pet to the backyard, or to your bathroom if you have a sizeable tub.
Do not put your hand in its mouth as the dog is irritable at this point and might react violently, biting you!
To induce vomiting in your dog, give 1-3 tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide. Before you do this, ensure that you have given the dog a meal, no matter how small. If the dog does not vomit at this point, you can give 2 or 3 more tablespoons.
2. · Corn Syrup or Maple Syrup
Another home remedy for xylitol poisoning in dogs is to rub corn or maple syrup on the dog’s gum. The idea behind this is to increase the dog’s blood sugar. Do not pour the syrup into the dog’s mouth, as you will only make the condition worse. This remedy is very temporary, and so you will still need to take the dog to the Vet.
3· Sugar solution
Another quick home remedy will be to give the dog 1 tablespoon of sugar. You can mix this with a little water to make a simple sugar solution. You will need to administer this solution to the dog hourly, as you make preparations to see a vet.
NOTE: THESE REMEDIES DO NOT OVERRIDE AN URGENT VISIT TO THE CLINIC IN A CASE OF XYLITOL POISONING.
You will need to still take the dog to see a veterinarian as soon as possible in the event of xylitol poisoning.
Gummy Bears for Dogs
Do not feel bad that you cannot give your dog an enjoyable treat of gummy bears. There is an alternative that you can prepare for your dog. And trust me, it is as enjoyable.
The ingredients you will need include Broth (bone broth), gelatin, beet strawberries, and parsley. This is if you want a DIY gummy bear recipe for dogs. But, you will see gummy bears for dogs in pet stores in your vicinity.
Final Words On Can Dogs Eat Gummies
I hope I have not only answered your question, but I have also provided tips on what to do if you find yourself in a situation where your dog ingests Xylitol.
Most times, the first response in situations like these would be to panic, but do not panic for yourself and for your beloved pet. Just do the necessary things and get the dog to a Veterinary Clinic as soon as possible.
Please let me know what you think about this article, and if you also have tips that can help other readers. And remember; Dogs can NOT eat gummy bears!
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