Happy Howl-o-ween to all Petland Overland Park pups! While both we and our dogs would love to indulge our sweet tooth this season, it’s important that your furry friend avoid sticking his muzzle in the candy bucket as sweets can have ill effects on animals. Take a look at some of the most common side-effects of sugar-overload in dogs.
DiabetesJust as a human can develop diabetes from a poor diet, so can our dogs. Certain breeds of dogs have higher incidences of onset, including the beloved golden retriever and the brilliant poodle. One step in preventing diabetes in dogs is simple: don’t give your shih tzu the sweets. Foods high in fat can inflame the pancreas, a condition known as pancreatitis and a risk factor for diabetes.
ObesityToo many sweets can make anyone unhealthy, especially our dogs. A tubby terrier is usually an unhealthy one, and candy is one of many things that can make him that way. Treat your dog’s body like you would your own, with respect and love.
Tooth DecayOnce again, like in people, too much sugar consumption is bad for your fur baby’s teeth. When sugary substances stay on the teeth, they mix with the saliva and cause bad breath -- not that his breath smelled like roses before -- and tooth decay. The latter can lead to more serious problems, such as heart disease. Many pet owners do not brush their dogs’ teeth every day, so allowing them sweets and candy is not a very good way to keep their mouth healthy. While it may be tempting to slip your dogs candy this spooky season, it’s not the most responsible thing to do. If your canine is really craving some candy, try treating him to some peanut butter, instead!
If you’re interested in bringing home a sweet little treat of your own, take a look at our Kansas City puppies for sale online or in-store. Also check out our full line of healthy dog treats. Call us at (913) 498-9814 to learn more!