Cupcakes! Who can pass one by? They’re just the right size for a single serving, without being too much. If you’re snacking on a cupcake, chances are your fur baby is sitting next to you right now. He wants you to share it with him! However, cupcakes aren’t really very healthy for dogs. And neither are cupcake wrappers!
Are Cupcake Wrappers Bad for Dogs?
The answer is it depends. That’s because there’s a wide range of cupcake wrappers available. The most common include:
Foil and silicone cupcake wrappers are the most dangerous, because they can cause what’s known as an intestinal blockage. However, paper cupcake wrappers usually pass through the dog’s digestive tract without any problems. Paper wrappers can pose a choking hazard, though.
Another issue is if the cupcake wrappers a dog has eaten contained cupcakes! This can be a problem as the high sugar content, along with the fats and other ingredients (such as chocolate) can be dangerous for dogs. And if the cupcakes were made with xylitol, they can be toxic to dogs.
My Dog Ate Cupcake Wrappers—What Should I Do?
The first thing is to check and see how your dog’s doing. Does he seem bright and normal? Is he showing signs of stomach distress, vomiting, or diarrhea? Is he having breathing difficulties (choking)?
If your fur baby is choking, then see if you can remove the wrapper safely from his mouth. If not, then head to the vet immediately.
If he’s OK, then be sure to clean up any mess and keep the cupcakes where he can’t get at them. Then try to determine how many cupcakes or wrappers your dog’s eaten. What were the wrappers made of? Were there are any toxic ingredients in the cupcakes?
If your canine companion has eaten one paper wrapper, then you can monitor him for any symptoms that may be concerning. Chances are the paper will go right through and come out in his poop. However, if your dog ate a foil or silicone cupcake wrapper, then call the vet, especially if your dog is small or is a puppy.
Treatment for Ingested Cupcake Wrapper
At the vet’s they will examine your dog and do lab work, along with some x-rays. The x-rays will show where the cupcake wrapper is inside the dog’s intestines. In some cases, the vet will be able to remove the wrapper through an endoscopic procedure. In some cases, if the dog has swallowed a silicone or foil cupcake wrapper, your fur baby may require surgery.
If you’re enjoying cupcakes, be sure to keep them out of your dog’s reach. And it’s also a good idea to invest in a dog-proof wastebasket to keep your dog from digging cupcake wrappers out of the trash.