You’re passing candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween and your dog snuck candy corn while you were not looking. What should you do next? You might be optimistic and think candy corn can’t do any damage right? Think again!
Can Dogs Eat Candy Corn?
One candy corn may not hurt your pup, but several pieces will. Candy corn, along with other types of candy, contains an artificial sweetener, called xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is hazardous to dogs and their digestive system. Xylitol can cause a severe drop in blood sugar levels which in turn can cause seizures and more.
Keep in mind that eating candy should not be a habit for your dog regardless. Xylitol is most commonly found in sugar-free products, candy, gums, and baked goods. The food industry is using xylitol in more products every day. Xylitol is not listed on every food ingredient list so closely monitor what your dog eats to make sure it does not contain xylitol.
Xylitol Poisoning Clinical Signs
Insulin is released when xylitol is consumed and too much xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. Low blood sugar may induce weakness, stumbling, collapse, and even seizures. Common signs are listed below:
· Lack of coordination
· Difficulty walking
Xylitol Poisoning Treatment
Without immediate medical attention, xylitol poisoning may be fatal in many small breeds. Xylitol poisoning has no known treatment options other than supportive care. If your dog is experiencing low blood sugar, that will be one of the first things that will be attended to. Keep an eye on your dog’s health and contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® if their condition worsens. Pet Poison Helpline® may be reached at (855) 764-7661 if you suspect that your dog has swallowed any candy.
Remember to keep your pup safe during the holidays. They can still enjoy the fun on Halloween or other holidays without eating the treats and food.