Possible side effects of feeding a dog with candy cane include xylitol poisoning, damage to the pooch’s gastrointestinal tract, gastrointestinal blockage, and the development of weight-related issues.
As mentioned earlier, xylitol is a common ingredient in candy canes, and eating just a small amount of this substance can cause xylitol poisoning, which can lead to a myriad of problems for your canine buddy.
Side effects of xylitol poisoning in dogs include lowering the dog’s blood sugar level, which is typically characterized by symptoms such as sudden weakness, lethargy, loss of body coordination, and seizures. Also, the littlest amounts of xylitol can result in liver damage for a dog, and if care isn’t taken, this can lead to your canine buddy’s death.
Apart from suffering the effects of xylitol poisoning, dogs that are regularly fed with candy canes are liable to develop weight-related health problems, such as obesity and diabetes.
And while these health problems aren’t immediately fatal, they lead to the degradation of a pooch’s quality of life over time, and if not properly managed, can result in such a dog’s death!
Candy canes typically come with a wrapper that can be easily mistaken to be part of the candy by dogs, thereby leading the pooches to consume the wrapper with the cane; This situation is very dangerous for dogs and can result in an obstruction of the pooch’s gastrointestinal tract, which will need to be corrected with surgery.
Damage To The Dog’s Stomach Lining
Apart from the fact that candy canes contain ingredients that can be extremely harmful to a dog’s health, the cane itself typically has sharp edges that can potentially puncture a dog’s insides – either the esophagus, stomach, or intestines – when ingested.
With humans, this issue of sharp edges is avoided by sucking on the cane to create smoother edges. But dogs, on the other hand, aren’t that patient. In your canine buddy’s haste to break down and chomp on the candy cane, it will create several sharp pieces which is potentially harmful to the pooch.
Common observable signs that your dog’s insides have been punctured by a candy cane include a bloated belly, dry cough, loss of appetite, and lethargy, just to mention a few. And if not promptly attended to, a punctured stomach can prove to be fatal for a dog.