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Many people love caramel and everything caramel flavored. We put it in cakes, shakes and coffee, that’s how much we enjoy our caramel. Bu, can dogs eat caramel?
Can we share a piece of caramel with our dogs? What’s the real truth?
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To get to the answer to this question we’ll first have to explain what caramel is made of. Then we’ll explain whether or not caramel is safe for your beloved pooch.
Can dogs eat caramel – Safe or toxic?
We’re going to give you the shortest and the most straightforward answer we’ve ever given in an article. No, dogs can not eat caramel! And there is a very good reason why!
Now, don’t get us confused, your dog will survive if they eat a piece of caramel. Caramel doesn’t have the same effect on dogs as chocolate has. However, your dog should definitely not eat it.
Sugar in caramel
To understand why dogs can’t and should never eat caramel, just think about what caramels are made of. Sugar!
The most important ingredient in making caramel is sugar! And sugar is obviously not really healthy for your dog. In fact it can have severe effects on your canine’s health.
The first issue can be weight gain. Too much sugar will make your dog gain weight, which will make their life a lot harder.
Besides this, what does sugar do to your teeth? The same applies to your dog’s teeth too! Too much sugar and poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities and your dog’s teeth falling out.
Lastly, your dog might develop diabetes too. Diabetes can then lead to a myriad of health problems for your pup, and will likely shorten its life significantly!
Besides sugar, caramel contains other ingredients which could possibly be dangerous for your dog.
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Too much salt can lead to dehydration in dogs as well as sodium-ion poisoning.
Besides this, too much salt can lead your dog to experience extreme urination, confusion, convulsions, fever, lack of energy, increased heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, and weakness.
Heavy cream is not toxic for your dog. However, most veterinarians do not recommend giving your dog cream or other milk-based products.
The cream in caramel can cause gastric upset.
Just like heavy cream, butter itself is not toxic for dogs. However it is also a dairy product, so it can also lead to gastric upset and weight gain.
Signs your dog ate caramel
There are certain telltale signs your dog ate caramel and too much sugar:
- Difficulty concentrating
All of these are of course, insignificant when you take into consideration how too much sugar can affect your dog’s health in the long run.
So, what should you do if your dog ate caramel?
As mentioned above, if your dog ate one piece of caramel, there is no need for panic. It won’t hurt your dog. However, if your dog ate larger amounts of caramel, it might be a good idea to call your veterinarian and ask for further advice. Your veterinarian knows your dog well and will give you the best advice on what you should do.
In conclusion, unlike chocolate, caramel is not toxic for dogs. One piece of caramel will not have any major effects on your dog. However, you should definitely avoid giving your dog caramel due to its high sugar content.
In the long run caramel, or the sugar from caramels to be precise, can have severe effects on your dog’s health. This is why it’s definitely much better to stick to dog treats that are safe and healthy for your dog.
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