Possible side effects of feeding your dog with candy corn include xylitol poisoning and unhealthy weight gain, which can trigger secondary diseases such as diabetes and several heart conditions.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, some varieties of candy corn contain sugar substitute, xylitol, and the risk that this substance poses to dogs, when consumed, simply can’t be overstated.
Within just a few minutes after consumption, xylitol can trigger a drastic drop in your dog’s blood sugar level, and this can result in symptoms such as seizures, lethargy, vomiting, poor body coordination, just to mention a few. If your dog is lucky to survive a drastic drop in its blood sugar level, there is every chance of the pooch suffering liver damage.
What makes xylitol even more dangerous is that pooches need to consume only a little bit of this substance to trigger the aforementioned symptoms.
In general, lower doses of xylitol – 100 mg of xylitol per 2.2 lbs of body weight – can trigger hypoglycemia in dogs. And consumption of a large amount of candy corn containing xylitol – 500 mg of xylitol per 2.2 lbs of body weight – can result in liver failure for a dog.
Unhealthy Weight Gain
Candy corn also contains a considerable amount of fats, and regular consumption of this food product can result in your canine buddy gaining excess weight rapidly and becoming obese.
And in addition to a rapid decline in the pooch’s quality of life, canine obesity can trigger secondary medical conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, and hypertension, just to mention a few.