Did you drop your lollipop on the floor and your lovely pets (dogs) rushed over to eat? Well as a fur parent like you I’m sure you are so worried and don’t know what to do right now. Can Dogs Eat Lollipops? Is my dog will be okay? Should I bring my dog to the vet? these are some of the questions that will or might pop up in your mind. Don’t worry everything you need to know about the effects of lollipops on your dog will be answered below, so keep reading!
Not all human foods are safe and healthy for your lovely pets especially your dog so make sure to ask your vet before feeding your dog human foods.
Can Dogs Eat Lollipops?
A lollipop is a candy top on the stick that is made of water, sugar, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavorings, malic acid, or citric acid. The sugar-free lollipop is made of an artificial sweetener called xylitol.
Kids and kids at heart are not advisable to eat lollipops all the time because of the bad effect of it on their health, it is also the same for our lovely dogs. Lollipops is a choking hazard and can cause periodontal disease, obesity, diabetes, and more health problem to dogs if taken in a large amount and frequently.
Dogs are not advisable and should never eat lollipops or any candies. If your dog accidentally ate a piece of natural lollipop (without the wrappers and stick) the chances are he will be just fine, except for some cases that he might experience stomach ache, vomiting, and diarrhea that must be last not more than 24 hours.
If the lollipops that your dog accidentally ate is a sugar-free lollipop you must bring him to the vet immediately because it contains an artificial sweetener called xylitol that is very toxic and fatal for dogs.
Xylitol causes rapid-release of insulin, which brings a huge drop in the dog’s blood sugar (called hypoglycemia). This can happen within 10 to 60 minutes after ingesting xylitol or any food with it that can lead to a life-threatening condition of the dog if not treated immediately.
A dog should never be feed lollipops or any human candies, if he accidentally ate a small amount and you check the ingredients and it has xylitol bring him to the vet or emergency hospital as soon as possible.
Lollipop stick and its candy itself is also a choking hazard that can poke or block the GI system of your dog so make sure to throw it away to where your lovely dogs cant find it.