My Dog Ate Candy. What Do I Do Now?

As a dog owner, you can’t always keep an eye on your pup. You turn your back for one minute and before you know it, your dog has gotten into some candy. Before you let it slide, you must be aware of the potential dangers that can come with your dog eating a sugary snack like candy. Signs can range from mild stomach discomfort to a life-threatening reaction, so you must know how to react in such a situation as their caretaker. Continue reading below to learn how candy can affect dogs and what to do in this emergency situation. 

Dangers of Dogs and Candy

The sweet smell and delicious taste of candy can be hard for a dog to resist. Unfortunately, the toxic components that are found in candy can have severe consequences for your dog. The high fat and sugar content found in candy can cause pancreatitis, a severe condition.  This happens when the pancreas is inflamed causing extreme pain for dogs. Symptoms may not be seen for up to four days and can include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, and in extreme cases kidney failure or organ damage. 

Another well-known toxic treat for dogs is chocolate. Chocolate’s high fat and sugar content can cause symptoms in dogs, but the real danger is theobromine. Theobromine is an active compound found in chocolate that dogs can’t metabolize effectively, which results in poisoning. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures.

Candy risks don’t stop at the candy itself unfortunately. The wrappers pose a choking hazard risk for dogs. If consumed, foil and cellophane wrappers can cause a bowel obstruction, which may require surgery in order to be removed. Signs of obstruction include vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, or lethargy. 

What To Do If Your Dog Ate Candy?

If your dog ate candy or the wrappers, you must call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for first aid advice. Depending on the situation, such as the kind of candy or the amount, you may need to take your dog to the veterinary clinic for an evaluation and treatment. Taking steps to avoid an accident by keeping all candy out of reach and informing your peers of the dangers is key to keeping your beloved pup safe and healthy. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the trusted team at Pet Poison Helpline.