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There is nothing like a hot chocolate with marshmallows. We love them, and we know just how delicious they are. And therefore we might feel tempted to share them with our dogs from time to time. But is that safe? Can dogs eat marshmallows? In short — no! Marshmallows aren’t canine friendly. And even though not all marshmallows are equally bad for dogs, you should still keep your dog away from them as much as possible.
Marshmallows pretty much don’t contain any nutrients at all. They are mostly sugar, corn syrup and gelatin. Therefore they won’t add anything good or healthy to your dog’s diet, except for sugars and calories.
Can dogs eat marshmallows?
While in most cases marshmallows aren’t toxic for dogs, they should be avoided. Unfortunately in some cases, like when the marshmallows contain xylitol, they can be extremely harmful. Even in small quantities, xylitol is known to be dangerous for dogs. Xylitol lowers the blood sugar so much that could even lead to seizures and death if not treated properly. It’s also proven to have toxic effects on the canine liver.
On the other hand, the high concentration of sugar found in marshmallows can also be dangerous. Especially for dogs suffering from diabetes or obesity. Even if your dog is perfectly healthy, a diet rich in carbohydrates will lead to weight gain. Which can eventually end up with obesity and/or diabetes.
Marshmallows can also cause symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort. If your dog eats large amounts of marshmallows, he might show symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea. And those are only the symptoms for marshmallows that don’t contain Xylitol. The ones that are with xylitol could lead to seizures, coma, or in the worst case — death.
My dog ate marshmallows! What should I do?!
If your dog accidentally ate large amounts of marshmallows, call your vet immediately! Also read the label of the marshmallow and check if they contain any xylitol. Your vet will most likely induce vomiting to prevent any possible symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis or seizures.
Immediately tell your vet if you’re suspecting that the marshmallows contain even the smallest amounts of xylitol.
Instead of marshmallows, give your dog treats that aren’t so rich in sugar. Try healthier snacks such as baby carrots, blueberries, apples. Those will be equally delicious to your dog, while being better for his overall health. Having a healthy and balanced diet is as important for dogs as it is for humans.