Maybe not. Natural sugar from fruit is safe for your dog; however, granulated sugar is not healthy for your dog. Dogs that regularly eat a large amount of sugar are at risk for weight issues, teeth problems (i.e. cavities), and diabetes. Obesity in dogs puts unneeded stress on your dog’s heart and joints and can even shorten your dog’s lifespan.
Also avoid products that contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that’s toxic to your dog.
Watch for these symptoms of high blood sugar if your dog regularly eats a lot of sugar:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Urinary tract or kidney infection
We’ve got tons of articles about which foods are safe or dangerous for your dog, from common snacks to fruits. You might also be interested in “Can My Dog Eat Salt?“
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.