Can Dogs Eat Candy?

At Doggy Brace, we love Halloween. It is one of our favorite times of the year and (most) of your dogs are okay with wearing costumes for the exchange of extra attention. 

However, during Halloween, it is important to ask yourself, “Can dogs eat candy?” The answer is, unfortunately, no. Therefore, dog owners should be careful about keeping the candy away from their furry companions.

Most of the candy and chocolate we enjoy during Halloween are toxic to dogs. They can be even deadly. However, they are eager to taste them and maybe eat all of them! Therefore, we should be more careful than ever when our buddy is around candy or chocolate so that we can prevent the emergencies that make us go to the vet as soon as possible.

Can Dogs Eat Candy?

Candy is quite harmful to dogs. Letting them eat candy may have very serious consequences such as poisoning and even death. However, there are some candy types that Dr. Gary Richter says small amounts can be allowed when someone asks “Can dogs eat candy?”

For example, sugary products in small quantities such as candy corn and sour candy may be safe when they are eaten less than 10 grams. However, a dog must not eat bubble gum, dark chocolate and raisins. We don’t recommend feeding your dog these at all, but don’t panic if they accidentally eat one or two pieces. 

Here are some cautions that we can take to prevent any accidents from happening. 

Everyone In The House Should Know The Facts

Dog’s can’t eat a lot of the food that you can. Grapes, gum, and chocolate are the main examples that we should not let dogs eat. Therefore, everyone in the house should know what to never feed your dog. You can make a list of dangerous and also deadly food and hang it around the house where everyone can see..

Teach Children Why Dogs Can Not Have Any Halloween Candy 

Making a list may not be enough for children to stop giving candy to your dog. You should talk to children about the dangers of Halloween candy for dogs. They may ask: “Can dogs eat candy?” before giving them the candy. You may want to go easy on children about the consequences of a dog eating candy; but as the risks are high, you should be gentle but firm. You can say that if the dog eats candy, they will be very sick and sad. We don’t want that, do we? Being sure that your kid will not give the candy to the dog anyway is crucial.

Secure The Candy

First of all, Halloween candy should not be reachable without your permission. You can store the candy in the fridge, above the fridge, or on top of your pantry. Also, you may want to think ahead and lock the fridge if your dog has already learned to open the fridge. This may prevent our children from sneaking the candy as well!

You can also use locking containers if you have a bulk of candy and chocolates. When dogs are very eager to do something, they can get creative. Therefore, locking the fridge and containers will be a smart move so that even if they reach the container, they cannot open it.

Another way to keep candy safe from your dog is to store it in high places. You can use the cupboards in the kitchen. Thus you can limit the access to the candy without your supervision.

4) Make Sure the Trash is Secure too

Seeing everyone enjoying the Halloween treats but not being able to reach them can trigger your dog. They may want to investigate the ways that may lead him to victory. You should be on the watch if the trash is reachable to your dog. However, as it is a busy time during Halloween when children are coming and going, you may not always watch your dog. 

Therefore, keeping the trash away from your dog by hiding it in a room that they do not have access to will be a major help. You should also use a garbage container that has a magnetic lock. Dog-proofing the trash will make it quite easier.  

5)  Keeping Your Dog Busy Works too

New toys, chew treats, playing and exercising are the ways that help you prevent your dog from going after the Halloween candy. Puzzle toys can keep them busy until they solve the case. Furry friends can forget about the candy when they see chews. You can include the chews in the puzzles.

By using these treats and games as rewards, you can go through the five basic commands that are “sit, stay, lay down, heel, and come here”. This makes them so much easier to monitor when they’re around potentially harmful substances. When they do a good job, reward them with a treat they can eat like blueberries, carrots, or chicken! They can have their own Halloween treats too, after all!

Happy Halloween!