Does your dog have a sweet tooth? Does he try to go after candy on a regular basis or when he has the chance? If so, you’re not alone! Many dogs love sweet things!
When there’s candy around, your dog will find it. Whether it’s on the kitchen counter, on the coffee table, or dropped on the floor, count on the fact your dog will get it.
However, what happens if your dog eats blow pops?
What are Blow Pops?
Charms Blow Pops are lollipops with bubble gum in the center. The center is then surrounded by a hard candy shell, which is just like other types of lollipops.
The ingredients used in Blow Pops include:
- Corn syrup
- Gum base
- Citric acid
- Artificial flavors
- Artificial colors (including FD&C Red 40 & FD&C Blue 1)
- Turmeric coloring
- BHT (a preservative)
- Note: Milk & soy may be present
None of the ingredients are toxic for dogs, though sugar can be bad for dogs in large amounts. The amount contained in a Charms Blow Pop will probably not be enough to make your fur baby sick, but it is recommended to discuss your pet’s individual case with your veterinarian in order to decide on the next best step for them.
Are Blow Pops Harmful to Dogs?
The answer is that it depends. If your dog, even a small dog, snarfs down one Blow Pop, then he’ll probably be OK. Small- to medium-sized dogs who have sensitive stomachs, may experience vomiting and diarrhea. It is always recommended to phone your vet to discuss your pet’s case with them to see what you should do next.
If any sized dog eats several Blow Pops, this could be a problem. The reason is the amount of sugar the dog ingests, as well as the amount of gum at the center of these lollipops.
There’s a chance the dog could choke on the candy, gum, or lollipop sticks. Another problem is that if the dog eats enough gum or sticks, these could cause intestinal obstruction (blockage). This is a very serious medical emergency.
Symptoms of an Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs
Your dog could develop these symptoms from eating Blow Pops and/or the lollipop sticks:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain/swelling
It’s important to remember that your pet may not have these symptoms if he has eaten Blow Pops. Contacting your vet to discuss what has happened is important to help prevent your pet from getting sick from eating Blow Pops.
If you know or suspect your dog has eaten Blow Pops and/or lollipop sticks, then it’s time to call the vet. This could be a life-threatening medical emergency. Your dog needs prompt medical care.
In most cases, dogs will have a full recovery. But this depends on how fast the dog receives medical care. The sooner, the better.
And if your fur baby has a sweet tooth, try to keep all candy and other sugary treats out of his reach.