Possible side effects of feeding a dog with cotton candy include a high blood sugar level, stomach issues, weight-related problems such as obesity, and tooth decay.
We’ve mentioned before how cotton candy isn’t safe for dogs to feed on, and outlined below are some of the possible health complications that your pooch may likely suffer from if you insist on feeding it with cotton candy:
Blood Sugar Level Imbalances
As mentioned earlier, cotton candy typically incorporates xylitol as the main ingredient, and xylitol is responsible for an increase in a dog’s insulin levels, thereby resulting in a corresponding drop in sugar levels.
And in a similar fashion, the high sugar content of cotton candy can result in a dog’s blood sugar level becoming astronomically high.
These random spikes and drops in your dog’s blood sugar levels, caused by feeding the dog with cotton candy, can lead to a host of additional side effects such as:
- a loss of appetite
- extreme weakness
- loss of body coordination
- skin and gum discoloration, and
- seizures, just to mention a few
The bacteria contained in a dog’s gut can only properly digest a certain amount of sugar at a time. Hence, when the pooch’s stomach is suddenly loaded with sugar from eating cotton candy, an imbalance is created, thereby resulting in gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea and vomiting.
It is a well-known fact that too much sugar is harmful to human teeth, and this holds true for dogs as well. Cotton candy contains a significant amount of sugar which typically produces an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive in. That said, regular consumption of this food product can result in issues such as tooth decay and tartar build-up for your dog.
Regularly ingesting sugar contained in cotton candy can also lead to a host of weight-related problems for dogs, such as obesity, which can, in turn, result in a pooch developing diabetes. The aforementioned medical conditions are quite dangerous to dogs, and if left unchecked, can possibly claim a dog’s life.
There are times when cotton candy contains chocolate, and when consumed by your dog, this spells impending doom for your canine buddy.
Chocolate contains an active ingredient known as theobromine, and dogs often experience difficulties digesting this food ingredient. That said, theobromine in a dog’s body system comes with a host of medical issues such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive panting
- Muscle tremors
- Heart failure and death