Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows?

can dogs eat marshmallows

You may be asking this because your dog accidentally ate a marshmallow you dropped on the floor, or maybe you want to share a sweet snack with your dog. Humans can eat marshmallows, so are they also safe for dogs?

The answer is no, dogs cannot eat marshmallows. If your dog eats one regular sugary marshmallow it should be fine, but too much sugar can be detrimental to your dog’s health. Some candies also contain sweeteners that can be fatal to dogs if ingested.

Why Are Marshmallows Bad for Dogs?

The ingredients in plain, ordinary marshmallows include sugar, water, and gelatin. In general, vets recommend avoiding sugary foods, as dogs’ systems are incredibly sensitive to sugar.

Sugar damages dogs’ teeth and can lead to diabetes and obesity in dogs.

Standard marshmallows are predominantly sugar, and fat-free or sugar-free marshmallows often contain the sweetener xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Even a small amount of xylitol can cause liver failure, seizures, hypoglycemia and even death in dogs.

Xylitol is even more deadly than theobromine, the chemical in chocolate that is toxic to dogs.

Unfortunately, some of the symptoms of xylitol consumption turn out to be indigestion, lethargy, jaundice, or a myriad of issues such as tremors and tremors.

What Should I Do If My Dog Eats Marshmallow?

If you know for sure that your dog has eaten marshmallows containing xylitol, even just one, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Depending on the amount of marshmallows and how long it has been since your dog ate them, your vet may want you to bring your dog in to induce vomiting.

If your dog has eaten candy marshmallows, you should still consult your veterinarian about your dog’s well-being. If your dog gets a mini sugar marshmallow that falls to the floor while you cook it, it should be fine. But if they ate more, you should call your vet.

Be sure to keep all human treats, especially sugary foods like marshmallows, away and away from your dog. If you tend to drop food, avoid marshmallows and other foods containing xylitol when your dog is nearby.

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