If you like sugary foods, you might wonder whether it’s okay to share them with your canine friend as well. So can dogs eat sugar or sugary foods? It is okay to, occasionally, let your dog eat a small amount of sugar or sugary foods, but it’s definitely not advised to regularly feed sweets to your dog. Sweet fruits would be the exception as they can provide your dog with much needed energy.
Why Sugar Is Not Good for Dogs
Excessive consumption of sugary foods is far from good for us humans. In fact, it may lead to many health problems. The same goes for dogs. Excessive consumption of sugar is bad for dogs as well. It can lead to bad dental cavities, diabetes and obesity in dogs.
Fructose Is Good for Dogs
Not all sugar is bad for dogs. In moderate quantities, fructose (fruit sugar) is good for your dog as it provides your dog with much needed energy. Keep in mind, though, that dogs cannot eat every kind of fruit. For example, grapes are extremely dangerous for dogs, and it’s best to avoid giving your dog most citrus fruits as well. Apples, bananas and pears, though, would be perfect for dogs.
No Xylitol for Dogs!
So, now that you know that it’s not good for dogs to eat sugary foods, you might think it’s okay to give your dog sweets that claim themselves sugar-free, but that is far from the truth. If a sweet food is said to be sugar-free, but still tastes sweet, it most likely contains xylitol — an artificial sweetener far more dangerous to dogs than real sugar. Depending on the quantity, xylitol can be downright deadly for dogs.
No Chocolate Either!
One of the substances present in chocolate (theobromine) is just as dangerous for dogs as xylitol.
To read more about the foods that are extremely dangerous for dogs to eat, see 10 Most Dangerous Foods Your Dog Really Cannot Eat.
While eating a small amount of sugar or a sweet containing sugar is not extremely dangerous, it’s best to avoid feeding these kinds of foods to your dog. The good kind of sugar that dogs can benefit from is fructose, which dogs can get from fruits such as apples, bananas and pears.