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Twizzlers are instantly recognizable candies with their bright red, twisted shapes that are loved by children and adults alike. Those of you who have eaten this sweet and sour fruit flavored candy may ask, can dogs eat Twizzlers? While you may be tempted to share Twizzlers with your canine, the sugar in these colorful treats can be dangerous for large numbers of dogs.
Read on to learn more about how dogs react to Twizzlers, and everything you need to know before giving in to a begging dog’s puppy eyes.
Can Dogs Eat Twizzlers?
Dogs aren’t particularly interested in Twizzlers; instead, they have a strong affinity for high-sugar foods and will eagerly devour anything that satisfies their sweet tooth. Technically, there are no documented dogs having immediate adverse reactions from consuming Twizzlers. However, the high sugar content in candy like Twizzlers makes it understandably unhealthy for dogs and humans alike.
The sweetener in Twizzlers is high fructose corn syrup, which is sweeter than regular sugar but absorbed into our bloodstream much faster. Therefore, eating Twizzlers regularly can put your dog at a higher risk for insulin resistance, diabetes and even heart disease.
If your dog accidentally eats a small amount of Twizzlers, don’t panic. But it’s best not to habitually feed him from a shared bag.
Can Dogs Eat Red Licorice?
Red Licorice has the same visual appearance as Twizzlers, but contains very different ingredients. While red licorice doesn’t have any actual flavor from the licorice plant — which can be toxic to dogs in high doses — they’re still a sugary treat.
Licorice also contains high amounts of wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. Long-term exposure to these ingredients can put your dog at risk for weight-related health problems such as obesity, tooth decay and inflammation of the gums, and even pancreatitis.
Are Twizzlers safe for dogs?
Twizzlers themselves are not toxic to dogs, but they cannot be considered healthy. Twizzlers can cause a variety of health problems in your pet. The high sugar content is likely to upset your dog’s stomach, causing gastrointestinal issues ranging from mild nausea to unpleasant vomiting, bloating, and diarrhea.
Over time, long-term consumption of Twizzlers can erode your puppy’s tooth enamel and allow harmful bacteria to make their home in your dog’s mouth. This can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. Sugar is also known to be inflammatory and can lead to a variety of health issues that can affect your dog’s quality of life. It’s important to make sure your dog is eating the best food for their diet.
Finally, never feed black licorice-flavored Twizzlers to your dog: These contain a flavoring from the licorice plant, which can be highly toxic to dogs when used in large quantities. Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin, a compound known to increase blood pressure. Health authorities have even warned humans against consuming too much black licorice to prevent serious heart-related problems and arrhythmias. If your dog has strayed into a bag of black Twizzlers, call your veterinarian immediately for medical advice.
Can Twizzlers Kill Dogs?
Giving your dog sporadic, small amounts of Twizzlers is unlikely to kill him. Be careful not to turn a gift into a habit, or your dog will develop long-term health problems from high sugar intake. Black Licorice Twizzlers, can be fatal to your dog if the whole packet is eaten and left untreated. It’s best to keep these candies completely out of reach and seal any trash cans that may have candy wrappers in them.
What should I do if my dog eats Twizzlers?
Try to determine exactly how many Twizzlers your dog has eaten and monitor him closely over the next two days. If your dog has only a small amount and is behaving normally, keep an eye on him over the next few days to check for unusual behavior. If the number is large, or your dog is showing symptoms of severe stomach problems or other highly unusual behavior, call your veterinarian or a pet poison hotline for help.
Small amounts of shiny red Twizzlers are unlikely to cause any serious or long-term problems for your pup, but we still don’t recommend it. Just be careful about sharing candy and avoid making this behavior a habit. Otherwise, your dog could develop serious, potentially life-threatening health conditions from excess sugar intake. Most importantly, make sure not to give your dog toxic black licorice flavored Twizzlers and keep these candies out of sight and out of reach.
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