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A representation of Sugar

Sugar is a carbohydrate that can be obtained from various sources, such as sugar cane, sugar beet or fruit. Sugar provides energy for the body and mind, but too much of it can also be harmful.

Benefits of sugar for dogs

Sugar is generally not dangerous for dogs. In small amounts, it can even have positive effects, for example:

  • It improves mood and well-being
  • It helps with regeneration after physical exertion
  • It supports brain function and learning

Disadvantages of sugar for dogs

However, too much sugar can lead to various problems, for example

  • It promotes tooth decay and tartar formation
  • It promotes overweight and obesity
  • It increases the risk of diabetes mellitus
  • It weakens the immune system and the body's defenses

How much sugar is too much?

The optimal amount of sugar depends on various factors, such as the dog's age, weight, breed and activity level. However, a general rule of thumb is:

  • A little sugar a couple times a week won't hurt any dog
  • However, if the sugar is contained in the food and the dog receives this food daily, this can lead to considerable consequential damage

Which types of sugar are particularly dangerous?

Not all sugars are the same. Some are even toxic to dogs. These include xylitol or birch sugar in particular. This sweetener is often used in sugar-free foods, such as chewing gum or chocolate. Just a few grams can lead to life-threatening hypoglycemia.

How do I recognize sugary foods?

To protect your dog from too much sugar, you should always read the list of ingredients on the packaging. Look out for terms such as glucose, fructose, sucrose or maltose. These are all synonyms for sugar.


Sugar is not bad for dogs per se, but it should only be given in moderation. Too much can lead to serious health problems. Therefore, pay attention to the quality and quantity of your dog's food and avoid sugary treats or snacks.

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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊