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  • Writer's pictureVishal & Shruti Mehta

Is Sugar bad for your Dog?

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

I always used to think that a dog could eat whatever people ate, before I got close to the dogs and their liking's. To make your dog's life easy, I researched what a dog can and can’t eat. I’ll talk about how much sugar a dog can eat. And what happens when a dog eats sugar. Get ready for some thinking!

First, sugar is not technically bad for dogs because dogs need carbohydrates. Carbohydrates turn into sugar and the longer it takes the better for your pet. Carbohydrates are either simple or complex. Simple sugars are refined, and your pet will get a sugar rush and crash. It will spike their blood sugar for a period. In real life, simple sugars are seen in candies or ice cream, both delicious human treats. Complex sugars are far healthier and are usually natural sugars and have starches and fiber inside. Dogs eat complex sugars in fruits and vegetables, excluding grapes and raisins. Complex sugars are a lot better, but any sugar in excessive amounts can be bad.

Now, what exactly does sugar do? If your dog eats too much, they would get dental problems, hormonal imbalances, obesity, and diabetes. So, even though your dog is whining 24/7 for our treats you must resist the urge to just give them a treat every 5 minutes. Instead, treat them about two times a day. Artificial sugars like in gummy bears and most cereals create a sudden drop in blood pressure. Most artificial sugar shouldn’t harm your dog but it’s not a great idea to let them have a lick. Xylitol is one of the only artificial sweeteners you must worry about avoiding. This artificial sweetener sometimes appears in peanut butter or toothpaste. This specific sweetener can cause low blood sugar and/or liver failure. This could take your pet’s life. Since we use all-natural materials we don’t have to worry about this sweetener. In all sugar is a required part of life but we shouldn’t give too much.

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