If your dog eats a sugar cookie, it may not have any side effects. Nonetheless, if the cookie has some toxic content or if your pooch eats too many unhealthy cookies over a long period, they may develop issues ranging from xylitol poisoning to diabetes.
Sugar cookies are one of the most terrible forms of cookies for dogs. They pose several risks to the health of your canine buddy, which could eventually lead to their death if not treated on time.
So, as you may be curious, some of the negative things that could happen if your dog eats too many sugar cookies include:
Obesity is quite a serious problem for dogs. Obesity occurs when your dog’s weight increases abnormally. Typically, a weight increase is caused by an intake of excess calories. And you may wonder what causes this.
Well, the answer is that simple sugars like glucose tend to contain a lot of calories.
Normally, complex sugars, such as those in starch and fiber, do not have a high-calorie count because of their complex nature. Some of them require several digestive processes to break them down into absorbable glucose.
So, when complex sugars are ready to enter the bloodstream, they don’t drastically increase the calories in your dog’s body. However, it’s not the same story with added or simple sugars.
The normally processed sugar, glucose, used to make cookies is quickly ready to be absorbed into the bloodstream of your pooch. When simple or added sugars get absorbed, they immediately add calories to your dog’s body, causing obesity in the long run.
Unfortunately, the scary thing is that obesity makes your dog prone to other diseases, some of which are on this list.
Now, diabetes is one of the most common health issues dogs face. It is typically caused by the inability of your dog’s body to regulate blood sugar levels.
Type 1 Diabetes In Dogs
There are typically two kinds of diabetes in dogs: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the most common type in dogs, occurring when your canine pal’s body cannot create enough insulin to regulate the amount of sugar in its blood.
When your dog’s body cannot regulate its blood sugar, your dog becomes prone to the adverse effects of excessive sugar in the bloodstream. For example, one of the deadly conditions that could happen if your dog has type 1 diabetes is a recurring infection.
This usually means that if your pooch sustains any wounds, they can potentially succumb to the wounds and their infections. Imagine having to repeatedly treat the same wound as your dog.
Type 2 Diabetes In Dogs
Moving on, type 2 diabetes occurs when your dog’s body becomes unresponsive to insulin. So, type 2 diabetes is much worse than type 1 because you can’t just solve this with an extra shot of insulin.
As mentioned earlier, obesity typically predisposes your dog to more health issues. And type 2 diabetes is one of them. When your dog is overweight, the body produces hormones that make insulin useless.
Furthermore, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes are typically the same as type 1: abnormal thirst, frequent urination, weakness, sudden weight loss, and sometimes when it gets bad, cataracts. If your dog has either type of diabetes because of an unhealthy diet, it would be best to stop fanning the embers of illness by taking sugar cookies out of its diet.
Dental cavities pose a serious problem for dogs. Dental problems mostly arise because your pooch typically eats a lot of hard foods. So, when your dog is unable to chew well because of defects in the arrangement or condition of their teeth (dentition), more problems could arise.
Dental cavities are usually a progressive form of tooth decay. When the enamel of your canine’s tooth becomes increasingly weak, it becomes prone to dental cavities.
What weakens the teeth of dogs is a highly acidic medium in their mouths. And sugar tends to cause both high acidity and teeth weakening most of the time.
Sugar left in the mouth of your furry friend after eating a cookie creates a medium for certain kinds of bacteria to thrive. While the bacteria won’t hurt the teeth of your dog, their activity will.
While consuming sugar, bacteria secrete substances that make the liquid medium on the tongue and teeth of your pooch acidic. Sadly, this acid washes away the protective structures of each tooth, and before long, cavities may begin to appear on areas where the enamel is completely washed off.
Normally, dogs don’t face these issues, especially when they stick to their natural diets. Nonetheless, your furry friend’s dental health is at risk when you begin to feed them sugar cookies.
Obesity and diabetes typically predispose your dog to inflammation. While it’s hard to diagnose inflammation in its early stages on your own, especially if your dog is obese, the pain inflammation causes your pooch makes it easily detectable.
Inflammation is the abnormal swelling of tissues in your pup’s body. If your pooch has diabetes, it’s most likely that its legs will swell.
Vets normally diagnose the swelling as either steatitis (inflammation of fatty tissue) or skin inflammation. And both kinds of inflammation have disastrous effects if left untreated. One more reason these conditions are bad is that they’re chronic.
Such conditions are not like acute inflammations that happen suddenly and require little treatment to calm down. Unfortunately, these inflammations begin rather slowly, making the affected part swell slowly until they spread to other parts and become lethal to the dog.
An even worse effect, inflammation could lead to paralysis of the part affected. And this would disrupt the normal life pattern of your dog.
So, if these aren’t enough reasons to dissuade you from giving your pooch sugar cookies, I’m sure the next reason will.
Diarrhea is normally associated with humans, so you might be surprised to see it here. One reason people normally don’t think of dogs having diarrhea is that a bad diet causes it. Well, the same thing happens when dogs change their diet. And with sugar cookies, it’s even worse.
Enough fiber in your dog’s meal helps to process poop more easily. So, poop usually comes out as hard pellets, typically drained of excess liquid. However, if there is little fiber in a meal your dog ingests frequently, the reverse occurs.
While homemade sugar cookies may have low fiber, pre-made, packaged cookies are even lower in fiber. When your dog ingests cookies containing such low amounts of fiber, it will be unable to properly use all the water contained in its feed.
So, when your dog poops, rather than the usual solids that come out, you’ll see a liquid or barely solid substance. This may not be so bad on its own, especially if you learn how to clean up after your dog.
However, the excess liquids lost from the egestion of this watery poop could cause dehydration. What’s worse is if your pooch begins to vomit, which is common in dogs with diarrhea. Your dog could lose an incredible amount of fluid in these discharges, which could be fatal.
So, do you now see the negative effects of giving your dog cookies?