My Dog Ate Laffy Taffy Will He Get Sick? (Reviewed by Vet)

Reviewed By Gemma Cliffin BSC BVSC MRCVS •  Updated: 04/07/23 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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Has your dog eaten some Laffy Taffy? Are you worried the Laffy Taffy could make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at what Laffy Taffy is, its ingredients, and if this can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!

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What is Laffy Taffy?

Laffy Taffy is a candy that is made in the US and produced by the Ferrara Candy Company, under the Wonka brand name. The candies are individual pieces of taffy that are individually wrapped. The candies come in a wide range of flavors and colors. Some of the most popular flavors include banana, strawberry, green apple, grape, blueberry, and watermelon.

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

The candy is called “Laffy Taffy” because each individual package of taffy includes a joke with an answer on the outside of the wrapper.

The taffy is stringy when pulled, with a sweet-tart flavor that most people love! And it would seem dogs also love the flavor of this candy! It contains the following ingredients:

While humans love this candy, can Laffy Taffy make dogs sick?

Laffy Taffy & Dogs

The good news is that Laffy Taffy candy is not toxic to dogs. Having said that, if a dog eats a lot of the candy, it’s more than likely that the dog will have vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. These last no longer than 12-24 hours. If the symptoms last longer, then it’s best to call the vet for advice.

The real problem that can develop from Laffy Taffy is due to the candy wrappers. If your dog eats the candy and the wrappers, then it’s possible your fur baby could develop an intestinal blockage. An intestinal blockage can be a life-threatening medical condition.

Symptoms of an Intestinal Blockage in Dogs

Your dog may develop these symptoms if he eats several Laffy Taffy candy wrappers:

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, then it’s time to call the vet. This could be a life-threatening medical emergency. Your dog needs medical treatment now.

In some cases, dogs will require emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage. With prompt medical care, most dogs will go on to make a full recovery after the surgery.

To keep this from happening in the future, be sure to keep Laffy Taffy and other candies out of your dog’s reach. For dogs that are very resourceful, it may be necessary to store candy in a locked cupboard that’s too high for him to reach!

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Gemma Cliffin BSC BVSC MRCVS

This article has been reviewed and approved by an independent Veterinarian: Dr Gemma Cliffin MRCVS is an experienced small animal vet who combines her love of writing alongside working in practice. Since her graduation from the University of Liverpool in 2014 she has worked in a wide variety of roles including first opinion practice, as a night vet and as a locum vet. She has also spent time working at a charity clinic in the Cook Islands which was a challenge but also immensely rewarding. She loves all aspects of veterinary work, but she especially enjoys medicine cases and diagnostic imaging. She is passionate about pain-management, particularly in her more senior patients. She currently works in a first opinion small animal practice in North Yorkshire where she deals with both routine and emergency cases.

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