Marshmallows contain an incredibly high amount of sugar and calories and are especially dangerous for any dog with diabetes or weight problems. Even if your pup is healthy, feeding him sugary treats can contribute to obesity, which can lead to diabetes due to insulin resistance.
Why do dogs love marshmallows?
Most dogs find marshmallows to be a palatable food. As well, marshmallows may have a consistency that is similar to some of your dog’s toys. This is because they are soft, chewy, foamy or squishy. If that’s the case, it’s no wonder they want in on these tasty treats!
How many marshmallows can a dog have?
Dogs should have a maximum of 10% of their daily calories from treats. So, a few marshmallows once in awhile are OK, but keep in mind that they are not going to do your dog any good.
Can dogs eat 1 marshmallow?
There is nothing toxic in regular marshmallows made with sugar (not xylitol). If your dog couldn’t stop at just one marshmallow and instead ate one whole bag, you might see a bit of gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea), but nothing life-threatening.
What foods are toxic to dogs?
The following foods may be dangerous to your pet:
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Apple seeds.
- Apricot pits.
- Cherry pits.
- Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
- Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)