Is Ingestion of Candy an Emergency?

It all depends on the type and amount of candy.

Is Ingestion of Candy an Emergency?

First, let’s go over the mechanical dangers.

Along with other things of “just the right size,” candy can be a choking hazard. The only difference between people and dogs is access. Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in people. Hard candy is one of the culprits, particularly in children. A dog could choke on candy just like a human can.

Depending on size, a bag the candy comes in can be a suffocation hazard. Particularly the large Halloween candy packages. Just like any other snack bags.

Sugarless candy can be deadly

We already went over the xylitol toxicity earlier–this is a major poison for dogs. This puts candy along with gum, some brands of peanuts and other items which now contain xylitol. See a comprehensive list on You’ll be shocked how many things can be hiding this dog killer.

Dr. Nicholas has launched a petition #GetXylitolOut to get xylitol out of sugar-free gums.

Chocolate candy is next on the list

Depending on the amount of theobromine, chocolate toxicity fades next to xylitol. It takes only a tiny amount of xylitol to be deadly. For chocolate toxicity, you can check out petMD’s toxicity meter.

Ingestion of high-fat candy can also lead to pancreatitis.

Make no mistake, extremely painful, severe pancreatitis too can be potentially fatal. It can also lead to enough damage to the pancreas to cause diabetes or EPI.

Those are just some dangers candy poses to dogs. So while potentially harmless, candy can also be potentially very harmful or fatal.

Don’t take the chance and keep candy away from your dog.

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Jana Rade

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