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Can dogs eat fruit snacks that contain sugar?
Well, it really depends on the type of fruit snack and the amount and type of sugar involved.
Here you will learn about the different types of fruit snacks and discover which are safe and unsafe for your dog and just how much sugar is too much sugar.
What Is A Fruit Snack?
A fruit snack could be organic fruit such as an apple or watermelon containing the fruit’s natural sugars with no additives or preservatives.
Alternatively, a fruit snack could be an item of confectionary usually made from concentrated fruit juice with added sugars created and sold for human consumption.
Can Dogs Eat Organic Fruit Snacks That Contain Natural Sugars?
Organic fruit such as apples contains natural sugars which add sweetness to the fruit and is not dangerous to dogs unless eaten in excess.
The exception to this is when the fruit has passed its ripe stage and has begun to ferment.
As fruit ferments, it begins changing the sugar into alcohol which is toxic to dogs and can be life-threatening.
However, organic fruit snacks are healthy for dogs when they are prepared correctly and the potential risks posed by the sugar content are extremely low.
Can Dogs Eat Confectionary Fruit Snacks That Contain Sugar?
Dogs can eat confectionery fruit snacks that contain sugar however the sugar content is so high that eating this type of fruit snack regularly will lead to serious health problems, expensive veterinary bills, and the eventual death of your dog.
These types of fruit snacks include Welch’s fruit snacks, Motts fruit snacks, and Kellogg’s fruit snacks, and they are shaped to resemble fruits or are flat-rolled up strips or gummy blobs.
The primary content of this type of fruit snack is concentrated fruit juice, (which is refined sugar), syrups, (which are sugar), fruit puree, (which is more sugar), and a selection of colorings and flavorings.
This high concentration of sugar in one small edible parcel will quickly unbalance a dog’s metabolic system and lead to both short and long-term health problems.
However, dogs can tolerate a moderate amount of sugar so if your dog eats a fruit snack and does not vomit, there is no need to worry.
Risks To Dogs From Eating Sugar
Dogs can tolerate a moderate amount of sugar so if your dog eats a fruit snack and does not vomit, there is no need to worry.
However sugary fruit snacks are extremely unhealthy for dogs and should never be offered to them.
In the short term, an excess of sugar in a dog can cause:-
- Gastrointestinal distress, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and weakness.
In the mid to long term, an excess of sugar can cause:-
- Weight gain, obesity, lower immunity, high blood sugar levels, diabetes, heart problems, respiratory problems, lethargy
In the long term, an excess of sugar can cause:-
- Tooth decay, gum disease, severe obesity, enlarged heart, high blood pressure, systemic inflammation of the organs, lethargy, and pancreatitis leads to organ failure and death.
I should also mention that there are other dangers to dogs posed by the other ingredients of sugary fruit snacks such as the colors and preservatives triggering allergies that may harm your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Fruit Snacks That Contain Artificial Sweeteners?
There are many fruit snacks that hide artificial sweeteners in the ingredients list but do not declare them on the front of the packaging.
Artificial sweeteners are dangerous to dogs and an example of one would be Xylitol.
Xylitol can be found in many low-fat and fat-free products, as well as some peanut butter and sweets, and even a small quantity can be lethal to a dog.
Please read:- Toxic Foods For Dogs + Signs Your Dog Is Poisoned
Summary Of – Can Dogs Eat Fruit Snacks That Contain Sugar?
The answer to, can dogs eat fruit snacks that contain sugar, is no as the health risks in both the short and long term are just too great.
So although sugar is not toxic to a dog an excess of sugar will cause a lifetime of pain and problems that will eventually lead to the death of the dog.
For this reason above all others, dogs should not be offered any type of fruit snack other than genuine fresh fruit.
For a list of fresh fruit suitable for a dog please read:- What Kind Of Fruit Can Dogs Eat? Safe & Unsafe
Before offering new food to your canine friend
Any new food introduced into your dog’s diet can trigger an adverse reaction so always start with small additions and monitor your dog for the next 24 hours. After 24 hours a larger sample can be offered and then monitor for another 24 hours. If there are any adverse reactions please call your veterinarian for advice.
Alternatively, Consult your veterinarian to determine if the new food is safe to add to your dog’s diet before you offer it for the first time.
If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian, local veterinary emergency clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately,
Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your dog’s health is to feed a diet checked and prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian. Feeding human foods of any sort can be dangerous to dogs and carries some degree of risk that is not under this website’s control.