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sweets in dogs

The misdeeds of sweets in dogs.

Posted by CHICANIMAUX, 08/2018, Advisor, Auxiliary Animal Care.

A little coffee for yourself and a little sugar for our companion? It's hot, why not give it a little ice cream?

By giving sugar to your dog you put him in danger without knowing it. Sweet products are prohibited in our companions.

Here are the reasons:

The sugary products (glucose) are dis "toxic" foods, the problems that they generate on the dogs are multiple: diabetes, obesity (30% of the dogs and 33% of the cats (2)), poisoning, pancreatitis. Even the smallest amount of sugar given on a regular basis can affect your dog, affecting his quality of life and longevity.

(2) source 2017

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One of the biggest dangers is chocolate. Indeed, the latter contains Theobronomy (1) which is extremely toxic. For example, a 200gr tablet of dark chocolate will certainly be deadly for a small breed dog!

(1) This substance is found in chocolate, in guarana, a highly caffeinated Brazilian plant, as well as in the leaves of yerba maté, a caffeinated plant that is mainly eaten by Amerindian populations. Its concentration is quite variable4: cocoa seeds (1-3%), mate leaves (0.45-0.9%), guarana5 (0.02-0.06%). "Wikipedia source"

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If you experience hyper salivation, hyperactivity, vomiting and diarrhea after swallowing sugary products, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian promptly.

To please your companion you can opt for slices of dry meat, deer antler or homemade enrichment.

In the cat:

Although cats are not naturally attracted to sweet products, if he is used to it, he will eventually go for it himself. The body of the cat is not designed to digest glucose, so it will cause him intestinal genes, promote obesity, diabetes and pancreatitis as the dog.

Chocolate will be as bad for him as for the dog.

There are several types of treats specifically designed for your felines. BE CAREFUL not to give too much and too often. The cat is an animal that tends to be quickly overweight especially if it is sterilized (which is highly recommended)!

Little idea:

For the dog you can inflate some kibbles with rehydrated broth in a cup. When you get a thick soup place the cup in the freezer.

For the cat you can place pieces of fish in a cup with a fish broth and put in the freezer.