In addition to the long-term side effects, caramel could cause your dog to be seriously sick in a matter of minutes or hours. This typically happens when the dog consumes too much of the caramel in a very short amount of time.
Here are some of the signs you may pick up on to let you know that your dog took too much caramel and needs some help.
Excessive consumption of sugar may irritate your dog’s digestive system. One of the most common side effects is diarrhea. The diarrhea is more often than not free of blood.
However, if diarrhea persists for long enough, the dog may experience injuries to its digestive tract and actually have some blood-staining. However, this is a very rare occurrence.
The high sugar content in caramel can be very dehydrating for the dog. Furthermore, the pooch may be losing fluids through diarrhea, vomiting, and panting from the discomfort they are experiencing.
The dehydration only worsens matters and could even result in life-threatening complications like seizures and kidney failure.
Nausea And Vomiting
You may also have to deal with nausea and vomiting as an immediate consequence of your dog consuming too much caramel at once. This is typically a reaction mounted by the dog’s brain to get rid of what it registers as harmful to the body.
Your dog will likely only vomit what they ate, after which they will experience some relief. However, in very serious cases, they may continue to dry heave and only vomit stomach secretions or bile. Fortunately, this is another very rare consequence.
Hyperactivity And A Sugar Crash
Dogs are just as likely as we are to experience sugar highs from consuming sugary treats like caramel. Your dog will turn into a firecracker with more energy than they know what to do.
This burst of energy alone could cause a lot of trouble as it puts the dog at the risk of injury or even at the risk of attack if their hyperactivity causes them to pick fights with bigger and stronger dogs.
What follows is a proper sugar crush, in which case the dog will get lethargic, confused, and may even lose consciousness.