Caramel, as sugary and sweet and sticky as it might be for us to enjoy, it should not be eaten by dogs!
While one piece of caramel likely won’t cause any harm to your dog if they accidentally eat it, caramel in just about any form is not something you should offer your dog on a regular basis, or even as a treat.
What’s Wrong With Caramel For Dogs?
Caramel is made up mostly of sugar, which is also not a good idea for dogs, and while it can take many different forms: Caramel itself can be used as a candy, but it’s also used in many desserts, puddings, as toppings for ice cream, etc. While we can enjoy it as a sweet treat, it doesn’t offer anything beneficial for dogs, and can actually do more harm than good.
For starters, dogs shouldn’t have an excessive amount of sugar. Sugar can lead to obesity, dental issues, and even diabetes. Some dogs even have negative reactions to sugar, and it can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Too much candy is bad for us, so it should be no surprise that it’s bad for dogs, too, on an even grander scale.
Most people associate chocolate with being the biggest ‘danger’ to dogs when it comes to sweet treats, and while chocolate certainly should stay away from your dog, the sugar found in caramel simply isn’t good for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. While it’s not considered poisonous or toxic, too much sugar can absolutely make your dog sick, and create long-lasting health issues that can sometimes be difficult to bounce back from quickly.
The best thing you can do is to keep your dog away from candy or sugary-treats of any kind. There are much better options out there that they’ll enjoy, and you can feel good about offering them!
Since we know it’s not a good idea to give caramel to dogs, what do you use to offer your dog a sweet treat? What are some naturally-sweet foods your dog loves? Let us know by leaving a comment below!