Girl Scout cookies—just about everyone loves to eat them! The cookies are available in many varieties and flavors, too! What’s not to like about Girl Scout cookies? But are they safe for dogs?
Has your dog eaten some Girl Scout cookies? Are you worried the Girl Scout cookies will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at Girl Scout cookies and whether or not they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Girl Scout Cookies?
Girl Scout cookies are made and sold by the Girl Scouts in the US. The organization uses the funds to support the Girl Scout councils and troops. The cookies have been sold for years. They’re a favorite all around the country!
There are several types of Girl Scout cookies available:
- Thin Mints (one of our favorites!)
- Caramel Delites
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Peanut Butter Patties
- Girl Scout S’mores
- Caramel Chocolate Chip
- And more
While many people can safely enjoy Girl Scout cookies, what about dogs? Can Girl Scout cookies make a dog sick?
Girl Scout Cookies & Dogs
Just as with other types of sweet snacks, Girl Scout cookies can make dogs sick. It depends on the ingredients, too, as some of the cookies contain chocolate. Chocolate is a known toxin for dogs. However, the cookies don’t contain that much chocolate. That means a dog who eats a few cookies won’t become dangerously sick; however, he will develop digestive problems.
In addition, the cookies contain high amounts of fat and sugar, both of which can make dogs very sick. The sugar can make a dog have a digestive issue, while the fat can cause pancreatitis.
Symptoms of Girl Scout Cookie Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten cookies that contain chocolate:
- Increased thirst
- Excessive urination
- Racing heart rate
- Muscle tremors
- Heart failure
Keep in mind that the dog’s symptoms are based on his size and weight, as well as how many cookies he’s eaten. In most cases, a small dog would have to eat 23 cookies or more in order to develop chocolate poisoning from Girl Scout cookies. At the very least, however, a dog may develop diarrhea and vomiting. These should last only a short time. If the diarrhea and vomiting last longer than 24 hours, then it’s time to call the vet.
And if your dog develops severe symptoms (such as the last ones on the list), then call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Pancreatitis symptoms may be somewhat similar. Your dog may develop these symptoms if he’s eaten too many Girl Scout cookies:
- Abdominal pain
- Lack of appetite
It is possible for the attack to become severe and life-threatening. So, if your dog shows these symptoms, call the vet immediately. Left untreated, pancreatitis can lead to death.
As you can see, it’s best to keep Girl Scout cookies (and other sugary, chocolatey snacks) out of your dog’s reach!