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Can Dogs Eat Sour Candy? | L’Orenta Nuts

Products Posted on June 6, 2022

Can Dogs Eat Sour Candy? | L’Orenta Nuts

There is no worse feeling than coming home to find that your pup has eaten an entire bag of candy. Once the initial panic subsides, we start asking the important questions. What type of candy did the dog eat? How much? Is it safe? Do I need to call a vet? While we know that dogs can’t have chocolate, the question of Can Dogs Eat Sour Candy? still remains. 

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. Candy, in general, isn’t safe for any pet. Overexposure to sugar, even if it’s natural, can lead to long-lasting health issues in animals. These ailments can include diabetes and pancreatic issues. Does that mean that one piece of sour candy will seriously harm your dog? Not necessarily.

Are sour candies safe for dogs?

In very small quantities, sour candies are not a serious threat to

your dog’s health. You definitely don’t have to worry if you are

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eating a handful of sour wild strawberries and Fido swallows one. In fact, one piece of wild strawberries contains less than 3g of sugar. Granulated natural sugars aren’t all that dangerous to your dog because they are just a simple carbohydrate. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful when sneaking your pup a treat every now and then. Too much sugar can lead to upset stomachs, dental issues, and diabetes.

The biggest risk of dogs having sour candies, or just candy in general, is the chance of consuming xylitol. Xylitol is a very common form of fake sugar that is found in “sugar-free” candies and some types of gum. Xylitol can be lethal for animals with only ¼ of a teaspoon being enough to poison a ten pound dog. Thankfully, our sour gummies, including our sour mix, don’t contain any xylitol. Still, always read labels before purchasing 

Are sour candies safe for cats?

Cats are much smaller than dogs, so even a little bit of sugar can be too much for their small bodies. The good news is that cats naturally do not like the smell or taste of citrus, so you won’t have to worry about them snatching a sour gummy pineapple off a plate. Our sour green apples will also likely smell unappealing to them since they aren’t fans of bitter foods.

Similar to dogs, cats can not have foods with xylitol in them. As this is the case, check ingredient lists carefully and store candy in tight containers. Cats can have a propensity for chewing on plastic. This means that the bags our gummies are delivered in may not be safe to leave sitting out. A glass jar or sealable tupperware could be much more suitable for pet safety.

In general, it is safest to keep cats and kittens away from any type of candy. Feed them appropriate cat treats instead! 

When should I go to the vet?

So your pup ate an entire bag of our delicious sour flowers. What -

now? An entire bag of sour flowers is a whopping fifteen servings of candy. That translates to 255g of sugar. That is a lot of sugar, even for a large dog, so you may want to call your vet for a consultation. Do not try to induce vomiting. Just monitor your animal for any type of sugar poisoning symptoms and contact your regular vet. While there is an excellent chance that your pup will be perfectly okay, it is better to be safe than sorry!

How should I store my sour candies?

Our sour candies are gummies, so they do not keep well in heat. As that is the case, it is even easier to keep them out of reach of pets just by storing them properly. To make your gummies last as long as possible, we suggest locking them in an airtight container and placing them in a cool pantry. The lack of humidity and cool temperatures will keep your gummies safe and delicious for months to come.

So Can Dogs Eat Sour Candy | Lorenta Nuts? Yes, and no. While eating a few sour gummies won’t be a lethal amount of sugar for your pets, it could still make them sick. If you are looking for a sweet treat to give your pup, we suggest purchasing specially baked dog cookies and cakes that are totally safe for animals. And while you’re waiting for those sweets to be made, well…maybe grab another handful of sour mix to chew over. 

Disclaimer: Please make sure to consult an animal professional or your vet with questions in regards to your dog’s health.

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