A few things may come to your mind when you think of Christmas such as presents, snow, yummy treats and more! If you have a furry friend in the house, you’re sure to share these wonderful moments with them. Unfortunately, as happy as the holiday season can be there may be danger lurking around the corner that you may not even know about. Some of these yummy treats like peppermint candy are toxic to your dog and what is supposed to be a happy time may turn dangerous. 

Why Is Peppermint Candy Dangerous for Dogs? 

Peppermint candies and candy canes are toxic to dogs. Sugar-free peppermint candy may contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that is poisonous to dogs. The use of xylitol is increasing in products and goods. Just a small amount of xylitol can cause low blood sugar, liver failure, seizures, and even death. Hard candy, such as candy canes are a choking hazard to dogs. Peppermint candies contain peppermint which can upset your dog’s stomach as well. If your dog has consumed peppermint candy immediately contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® for help.  

Symptoms of Poisoning 

There are several symptoms to watch out for if your dog ingests any amount of xylitol. Some of them include:  

  • Vomiting  
  • Lethargy and weakness 
  • Staggering 
  • Collapse 
  • Seizure  

Who To Contact if Your Dog Ate Peppermint Candy 

If your dog consumed peppermint candy immediately call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 and your veterinarian so a trusted professional can help you. Depending on how much was ingested you may need to take a trip to the clinic or animal hospital so a vet can monitor your dog and correctly treat them. The holiday season is special, and you want to share it with the people and pets you love. Take the right steps to keep your dog safe so everyone can have a merry Christmas!