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Can Dogs Eat Caramel?

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As much as we enjoy spoiling our beloved pets, there are some things we should avoid doing, one of which is feeding them certain foods. You might be finding the answer to the question- Do dogs eat Caramel? The answer is definitely no. Caramel is not toxic to dogs, but it contains added sugar, salt, butter, etc., which can be harmful to dogs. Feeding your dog with direct sugar is probably a bad idea. This could lead to sugar overdose, obesity, and diabetes.

How Can Caramel Harm Dogs?

We love candies and chocolates with Caramel. Even toppings of cake contain Caramel, and we are tempted to share the cake, candies, and chocolates with the dogs. But take a look at the following problems that could occur after eating sugar in the form of Caramel:

Dental Issues: As you already know, eating a lot of sugar can lead to cavities in your tooth. Similarly, eating a lot of sugar is going to lead to dental issues in dogs also. You might be very much aware of the pain that happens in the extraction of the teeth. So, you can imagine how much it will be painful for your dog. It can also add up to a special diet, which means your dog has to stay without eating his favorite food even.

Addiction: Raw sugar is highly addictive present in Caramel, and addiction to anything is injurious to health. If you give Caramel to your dog in excess, he will get addicted and crave more and more of it. They even don’t understand that eating too much Caramel could be literally addictive, so it’s totally impossible for you to make them understand. Tugs on the heartstrings a bit, right? If you don’t want your pet to be addictive, then you have to be more careful of sugar.

Sugar overdose: Too much sugar can cause some dogs to overdose. Most of this relates to the ratio of the amount of Caramel to the dog size. A sugar overdose means an immediate rush to the vet because any delay would cause severe threats and might cause death in extreme cases.

Obesity: Like humans, too much sugar is going to lead to weight gain and obesity. Obesity could further encourage severe diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, etc. Therefore, keep your dog away from Caramel.

What Should You Do If Your Dog Ate Caramel?

If your child inadvertently fed a piece of Caramel to your pet while you were away. Don’t be alarmed; there’s no need to panic. Just keep an eye out for symptoms that indicate how your pet is reacting to the sugar. You should keep an eye out for the following symptoms.

1. Hyperactivity

2. Restlessness and irritation

3. Catatonic sleeping

4. Diarrhea and vomiting

If your dog has a weak immune and digestive system and has had a lot of sugar, he will be racing around the house and will not be able to settle. He may also come across as being anxious and unsettled too, double as moodiness or irritability, which can sometimes happen in older dogs. If you have a puppy, then you might see him running for hours without even blinking as he is got so much energy. Its recommended to watch him closely as he is high on sugar and may play so much that he can hurt himself. Once the sugar wears off, he will crash. Now he will take a hard nap after so much hard work that he had done in the past couple of hours, it’s normal, but still, examine him closely to make sure that he is doing fine. Most of the time, he will expel the food and have diarrhea. This would happen when he is eaten a good amount of sugar. All this mess has to be settled within some hours. If it does not end like so, then you have to contact your vet, and he will instruct you about what you have to do next.

Conclusion

Let’s sum up. Caramel is not toxic to dogs, but ingredients such as sugar, salt, and butter can be harmful to dogs. Just a bit of Caramel won’t create any problem, but too much Caramel with added sugar will cause problems in the distant future. Shortly, your pup will do racing in the whole house after eating a good amount of sugar, and after some time, his battery will get down, and to charge himself, he will go for a hard nap. But don’t leave him alone and watch for any other symptoms. If you fail to handle your dog, it’s best to contact your vet and follow his instructions. He will get healthy after the treatment, but obesity and diabetes, in the long run, might lead to the sad demise of your dog. So, be careful.

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anuja saxena author at anifirm

I am a dog lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.