Can Dogs Eat Caramel

Can Dogs Eat Caramel

Author WDF Staff


Feeding your dog human food, especially treats, is not a good idea. One of the most popular treats in the world is caramel. Humans love putting it in their candies, cakes, pudding, and other desserts. If your dog gives you the “I want a bite” look while you’re eating caramel, you might have wondered, “Can dogs eat caramel?” The shortest answer is - no. Here’s what you should know about caramel and dogs.

What is caramel?

Before we go into details about dogs and caramel, we need to know what caramel is. The easiest way to define it is “a medium dark-orange confectionery product produced from heating different types of sugar.” As you can imagine, caramel is incredibly sweet, and too much sugar can lead to different health issues in humans and dogs.

Is caramel good for dogs?

Generally speaking, dogs don’t need so much sugar in their diet. In fact, we could also benefit from decreasing the amount of sugar we ingest, but our canine friends can get really sick from it. Caramel will not poison your dog like some other foods we consume (grapes, alcohol, chocolate), but it will cause all sorts of problems.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are unsure whether your dog can eat something, talk to your vet. They know all there is to know about the canine diet and will give you great advice about things you can or cannot include in your dog’s diet.

Why is caramel bad for dogs?

Caramel is basically melted sugar, and feeding raw sugar to your dog is never a good idea. As we already said, it is not toxic, but it will cause GI upset, to say the least. Caramel can have short-term and long-term effects on your dog, and some of them can be pretty dangerous.

Short-term effects

Feeding caramel to your dog will cause them some issues you should generally avoid at all costs. Plus, many sweets containing caramel also contain chocolate, and that is very toxic to dogs. Some of the short-term effects caramel will have on your dog are hyperactivity, restlessness, inability to focus, irritability, agitation, and lethargy. So much sugar will affect dogs the same way it affects kids, only it will amplify a lot. The sugar rush shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Long-term effects

If your dog constantly eats caramel, you can expect their health to rapidly decline. Everything sugar can do to children, it can do to dogs, but the effect will actually be amplified. Caramel can destroy the dog’s teeth, lead to weight gain, and ultimately obesity. Plus, it offers absolutely no nutritional value to your dog, so the best thing is to avoid giving caramel to your dog.

What if my dog eats caramel?

If your dog eats caramel, chances are they will be fine. However, there are a few things you should look out for. It would be best to call your vet and tell them what’s going on. If your dog ate only a tiny amount and without any chocolate, they should be fine. If your dog ate a bit more, look for these signs and symptoms;

  • Hyperactivity
  • Lethargy
  • Moodiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability

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