Now, you might be wondering whether or not your canine companion can share in your holiday candy cheer.
After all, dogs love what we eat, right?
Peppermint candy can be a holiday staple in many homes, so it’s only natural to want to share the sweetness with your four-legged friend.
So, can dogs eat peppermint candy?
No, dogs should not be given peppermint candy.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) advises against giving dogs any kind of candy or chocolate, including peppermint candy.
Dogs can’t properly digest sugar, so it can cause them gastrointestinal distress.
In addition, the wrappers of peppermint candies can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockages.
Now that peppermint candies are a typical holiday treat for us, how should we care for our furry friends?
This article will give you more information about why dogs shouldn’t eat peppermint candy and what to do if your dog accidentally eats some.
Are there any benefits of peppermint candy to your dog?
There are no known benefits of peppermint candy to dogs.
Fresh mint leaves may have some health benefits for dogs when given in small quantities.
In moderation, fresh peppermint leaves can act as a breath freshener and may help with digestion.
They can also provide minimal anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling and pain in your dog’s joints.
Peppermint candy, however, contains additives and sweeteners that can be harmful to dogs.
The artificial sweetener xylitol in the candy is especially toxic to your dog.
The candy sugars can cause weight gain and lead to diabetes, while the additives can potentially be a health hazard to your dog.
Risks of peppermint candy to your dog
There are several risks associated with giving your dog peppermint candy, including; gastrointestinal problems, choking, xylitol poisoning, and the risk of your dog developing sedentary diseases.
Dogs can’t effectively digest sugar, so eating peppermint candy can cause gastrointestinal distress.
This can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
In severe cases, it can cause pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas.
Risk of choking
The wrappers of peppermint candies can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockages.
If your dog swallows a candy wrapper, it could get stuck in their intestines and cause a life-threatening condition called intestinal obstruction.
The artificial sweetener xylitol is found in many sugar-free peppermint candies.
Xylitol is poisonous to dogs and can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels, leading to vomiting, loss of coordination, and seizures.
If left unchecked, xylitol can lead to liver failure and death.
Risks of your dog developing sedentary diseases
Dogs who eat many sugar-filled foods, like peppermint candy, are at risk for developing obesity and other sedentary diseases.
Obesity can lead to joint problems, diabetes, and heart disease.
What should you do if your dog accidentally eats peppermint candy?
If your dog accidentally eats peppermint candy, monitor them closely for any signs of gastrointestinal distress such as vomiting or diarrhea.
If they ingest wrappers and the sweet, watch for any signs of choking or intestinal blockages.
The immediate remedial actions you should take if your dog ate peppermint candy are:
- Give them a small meal to settle her stomach.
- Add some fiber to their diet with canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) or boiled carrots.
- Ensure they stay hydrated by giving them plenty of freshwater to drink.
- Monitor your dog closely for any signs of xylitol poisoning, such as vomiting, lethargy, or seizures. If you notice these symptoms, take your dog to the vet immediately.
The best way to prevent your dog from eating peppermint candy is to keep it out of reach.
Be sure to put candies away in a secure location where your dog can’t get to them, and don’t leave candy lying around where they could find it.
If you’re worried about your dog getting into the candy bowl, try using a child-proof container.
What alternative dog treats can you give your pup?
If you’re looking for a holiday treat for your pup, try one of these dog-safe alternatives:
- Baked sweet potato or yam
- Peanut butter biscuit
- Carrot sticks
- Popcorn (plain, no salt or butter)
- Plain cooked chicken breast
Whatever treat you choose, make sure it’s age-, size- and health-appropriate for your pup.In doing so, always give treats in moderation to prevent weight gain. Make the treat less than 10 percent of your pet’s consumption. Too many treats can lead to obesity, which can cause many health problems for your dog. If you have any concerns about what’s safe for your dog to eat, talk to your veterinarian.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Can peppermint candy kill your dog?
No, peppermint candy will not kill your dog.
However, it can cause gastrointestinal distress, obesity, and other health problems.
Should puppies eat peppermint candy?
There is no definitive answer, as puppies may react differently to peppermint candy than adult dogs.
Some puppies may experience gastrointestinal distress after eating peppermint candy, while others may not be affected.
If you’re considering giving your puppy peppermint candy this holiday season, consult with your veterinarian first to make sure it’s safe.
Should I give my dog peppermint oil?
No, you should not give your dog peppermint oil.
Peppermint oil can be toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal distress, liver failure, and seizures.
Are there dog-safe peppermint treats?
Yes, there are dog-safe peppermint treats.
Home-made or commercial peppermint dog treats are available.
For commercial dog treats, read the nutritional label to ensure it is dog-safe and introduce them to your canine friend in small amounts.
To wrap it up
Dogs should not eat peppermint candy.
The sugar and wrappers can cause gastrointestinal distress, while the artificial sweetener xylitol is dangerous and deadly.
If you need to feed your dog safe mint, give her a few fresh peppermint leaves instead, but only sparingly.
If your children eat peppermint candies around the house, keep them out of your dog’s reach.
Do not forget to watch your pup when they are near holiday candy.