Question: Can dogs eat marshmallows? Or are marshmallows bad for dogs?
Answer: Let’s be honest here for a second, who doesn’t like marshmallows? Whether you’re a young kid, an adult or a senior, marshmallows are just too good to pass by! We all love candy, admit it 🙂
But just because we greatly enjoy them (except for the feeling of guilt after we gulp down a whole bag of ’em), doesn’t necessarily mean that we should be sharing marshmallows with our dogs.
So, if you’re asking yourself whether dogs can or can’t eat marshmallows, good on you because marshmallows are nothing but sugar, and we should always be wary about giving sugar-filled food to our dogs.
So, what’s the verdict here? Can dogs eat marshmallows?
Can Dogs Have Marshmallows?
While a marshmallow or two won’t necessarily kill your dog, it’s best that you stay away from giving your dog any marshmallows, as there are much better options out there that you could be sharing with your dog and feeding them for a treat.
Marshmallows are not toxic to dogs per se, but they contain a ridiculously high amount of sugar which can only spell trouble for your dog’s digestive system if over-fed.
The problem I have with recommending or advising against feeding dogs certain people food (or human-manufactured food as in this case) is that people tend to take the recommendation and not apply the “everything in moderation” rule.
If you tell someone that a marshmallow piece won’t really kill their dog and their dog will be fine, they’ll abuse that rule and feed their dog marshmallows one too many times, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to steer people away from.
And, the next thing you know, the dog owner will tell you that they had no idea that the marshmallows contained so much sugar and so many calories while they were feeding their dog the whole bag!
So, it’s best that you don’t make a habit out of feeding your dog marshmallows in the first place and only stick to the other, healthier options out there to make sure things don’t get out of hand.
But, if your dog ate a couple of marshmallows every now and then, don’t panic, they’ll be fine.
What Do I Do If My Dog Ate Marshmallows?
If you suspect that your dog ate one-too many marshmallows, keep an eye on them for adverse reactions such as vomiting and diarrhea.
If you notice that your dog’s condition is getting really bad with the aforementioned effects (or others), then you have to get your dog checked by your veterinarian, or take your dog to the nearest emergency animal care center.
If your dog only ate a couple of marshmallows, then chances are you don’t have much to worry about and your dog will be fine. Just make sure to not let it happen again without your supervision!
Marshmallows And Medication
Just the other day, someone online was advising another person to hide their dog’s medication inside a marshmallow and give it to them to consume, arguing that this way the dog will take the medication without resisting much.
And, let’s be honest here, who among us doesn’t get annoyed from time to time from our dog’s resistance to taking certain medications in certain forms when they need it most? You’re trying your best to help your dog recover from fever, and all they want to do is say “no, no, no!” to any and all meds you try to give them!
The only issue I have with this advice is, why do it with a marshmallow when you can wrap up your dog’s medication with something much healthier and natural like peanut butter?
Marshmallows are processed, full of sugar, processed and very unnatural.
Peanut butter, on the other hand, is completely natural and available in sugar-free varieties.
Which would you logically prefer to have wrapped around your dog’s medications? I know which one I would prefer, and that’s peanut butter, hands down!
What About The Occasional Marshmallow?
Again, one or two marshmallows once in a blue moon won’t do any harm to your dog. It’s just that many people tend to get carried away and feed their dog way too many marshmallows once they hear this fact, so this is something we don’t want to happen.
A Note About Placement
Often times, and as happens with many foods and medicine, your dog can easily get hold of a bag of marshmallows, rip its way into it and eat the whole thing in an instant if you haven’t hid it properly and made it hard for them to get to.
In this case, and given the large amounts of sugar present in marshmallows, your dog will start to get loose stool and vomit in an attempt from its system to get rid of the sugar surge that just made its way in.