Can Dogs Eat Candy Canes? Here Is What You Need To Know


Candy canes have a long history to start with. These are what our parents used to bribe us with in case we got angry at public places. You will realize that this bribery problem didn’t just start yesterday; it has been in existence for quite some time now.

A lot has changed since then but the fact still remains that candy canes are loved by many; parents and kids alike. Due to their increased popularity at homes, they might find their ways into the dogs’ mouths. But can dogs eat candy canes? Are there any toxic substances in candy canes that might harm your little friend?

What might happen to the canine if at all it comes across these snacks and he decides to clear them up for you? These are some of the questions that could be flooding your mind now at the mention of candy canes. But for how long will you ask such questions without substantive answers? Not anymore; this article has got your concerns covered.

Are Candy Canes Safe For Dogs?


Candy canes are known to contain some substances that are toxic to dogs. This doesn’t, however, mean that dogs can’t eat candy canes. The only precaution is that they shouldn’t do so on a regular basis. Candy cane taken by dogs in large amounts will lead to stomach upsets which are not good for both the dog and you.

What is it that is contained in candy canes that make too much consumption of them harmful to the dogs? Well, first you need to know that not all candy canes are toxic to dogs. The ones that you should avoid in totality are the “sugar-free” candy canes.

Here is a list of the toxic substances that are found in candy canes:

  • Wrappers

Do you know that the candy cane wrappers that you often ignore can be disastrous to your furry friend if they find their way into his digestive system? And remember no candy cane comes without the wrappers. This means that anytime you purchase some, you endanger the life of your little friend.

Consumption of the wrappers by the dog will block his intestines. The wrappers will pass through the mouth and throat without any issues anyway. The blockage can make the dog vomit, have reduced appetite for food (this can be really good for me because this little creature of mine consumes a lot only that this way of controlling his appetite isn’t a good one).

Consuming the wrappers can even result in difficulties when it comes to defecation. You shouldn’t, therefore, place the candy canes or even the wrappers in areas where the dog can easily get them.

  • Xylitol

The “sugar-free” candy canes are usually prepared using an alternative sweetener known as xylitol which as a naturally-occurring alcohol in plants. This product is very harmful to the usually short digestive tract on dogs. Consumption of this chemical usually results into loss of blood sugar and at times may damage the liver of these canine friends.

If after eating some candy canes your dog experiences seizures, lost motor control and tremors, then know that the furry friend might have taken the xylitol in the candy canes. Under such circumstances, you need to see the veterinary officer in the quickest time possible.

Additionally, candy canes are designed in a manner that makes them sharp for the dogs’ mouths. Their sharp edges can cause damages to the dog’s intestines, esophagus or even the mouth itself.

Remember, dogs aren’t as creative as humans who can comfortably clear candy canes without having problems with their sharp edges.

You also need to check the ingredients used to make the candy canes as some are toxic to dogs. There are some flavors like chocolate that we love but are dangerous for dogs. Chocolates do interfere with the dog’s nervous and heart systems.

What Should You Do When Your Dog Eats Candy Canes?

There shouldn’t be any cause for alarm if your little friend takes candy canes in small amounts. It is a different case if he happens to have enjoyed a good amount of the snacks. What action should you take in such a scenario?

Well, you should visit your veterinary officer soonest to help guide you on what needs to be done. Don’t try any first aid at home without involving the services of the veterinary officer.



Can dogs eat candy canes? “Yes”, to real the sugar ones but a “no” to sugar-free ones. But there isn’t much that your dog is likely to gain from candy canes as much as you do. In fact, the candy canes are likely to cause your dog more harm than benefits.

I would, therefore, advise that you keep these snacks away from your dog’s reach. There are alternatives to these snacks such as biscuits and fruits that you can consider. In case the dog eats candy cane without your knowledge, make a visit to your veterinary officer.

I hope you have enjoyed going through this article. Do you still have any concerns? What has been your experience when it comes to dogs and candy canes? Share your thoughts with us.


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