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Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?

Can dogs eat popcorn? Yes, if plain.
What about Chocolate, Donutes, & Other Junk Food?
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No, your dog should not eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or Hershey’s Kisses.

Really you shouldn’t even be eating those things, but hey, I’m not here to judge.

This entire subsection of human food just comes down to this:

If you know the food is junk for humans, it’s junk for dogs.

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Whether or not they can actually physically digest these things without problems is another matter.

There are some things that they can technically eat, and other things that could potentially kill them.

One of the biggest toxins for dogs that sweets have in abundance is a xylitol.

Xylitol is that tricky compound I mentioned earlier.

You’ll commonly find this in sugar-free products like gum or sugar-free baked goods. Xylitol can lead to vomiting, overall weakness, hypoglycemia, liver failure, and seizures in dogs.

Of course, one sweet your dog mustn’t consume is chocolate. We’ve all heard it before and it’s not a myth.

The compound within chocolate that’s harmful actually comes from the cocoa bean itself.

It’s a compound called theobromine.

Theobromine has the capacity to affect your dog’s central nervous system and heart. Levels of this chemical vary between types of chocolate, but it’s easiest to avoid it altogether.

When I was growing up, my family came home once and found that our German Shepherd had consumed an entire cake.

I’m not talking about something as small as an individual Twinkie, I’m talking a whole birthday cake.

She had retrieved it from the kitchen table and all that was left was the box it came in. She was lying close to the box, visibly sick.

After some close monitoring and a few calls to the vet, we were advised to wait it out.

Luckily, the cake was a vanilla cake and wasn’t made with any sugar substitutes. Unfortunately for her, she had to suffer through a massively upset stomach but it eventually worked itself out.


Had she had the chance, I’m 99% certain she would have eaten it all again, which brings me to my next point.

Dogs don’t have self-control.

They’re not watching their waistlines or trying to look fit for that fluffy little poodle next door.

You are their control.

So don’t create bad habits for them and make sure they don’t have free access to junk food.

Never Feed Your Dog These Junk Foods or Sweets ☠

  • Can dogs eat milk chocolate? No. Never. Ever.

    Can Dogs Eat Milk Chocolate? Can Dogs Eat Dark Chocolate? Can Dogs Eat White Chocolate?

    No. NEVER feed your dog milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate (or any kind of chocolate) and seek your vet’s help if your dog consumed too much accidentally.

    Chocolate contains a compound known as theobromine that is toxic to dogs.

    If ingested in high enough doses, theobromine can cause muscle tremors, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding, or a heart attack. Small quantities may cause vomiting and diarrhea.

    Theobromine levels get higher as the “darkness” of the chocolate increases. Dark chocolate is much more toxic than white chocolate.

  • Can dogs eat gum? Can dogs eat Ice Breakers. No.

    Can Dogs Eat Gum? Can Dogs Eat Ice Breakers?

    No. Never feed your dog Ice Breakers, and avoid gum and mints altogether. Why are you even feeding your dog gum or mints?!

    Ice Breakers products (gum and mints) contain the artificial sweetener xylitol.

    Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Xylitol kills dogs. If your dog gets into something containing xylitol, contact your vet immediately.

    Ingestion of as little as 0.1 g/kg of this stuff can be toxic to your dog. Ingestion of 0.5 g/kg or higher could result in fatal complications in the liver.

  • Can dogs eat donuts? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Donuts?

    No. Never give your dog donuts.

    Donuts are packed with sugar, bad fats, cholesterol, and sodium. All of these things are terrible for your dog, nutrition-wise.

    Some donuts also contain caffeine or chocolate which can do your dog serious harm if ingested in high amounts.

    If they get into some accidentally, determine the donut’s ingredients. If they contain something harmful, contact your vet right away.

  • Can dogs eat kettle corn? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Kettle Corn?

    No. Do not voluntarily feed your dog kettle corn, but if they eat a few pieces accidentally, they’ll probably be fine.

    Kettle corn contains added sugar, salt, and oil. Your dog does not need excess of any of these things. Too much salt and sugar can be harmful for your dog.

    Keep a close eye on them if they eat too much.

  • Can dogs eat pretzels? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Pretzels?

    No. None Pretzels should never be fed to your dog.

    Almost all pretzels contain salt, and salt is not good for your dog. Too much salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, seizures and even death.

    Salt has very negative effects on your dog. Even the plain variety has nothing of nutritional significance to warrant consuming one.

    Consuming a few may cause minor symptoms, but call your vet if you suspect your dog consumed a lot of salted or seasoned pretzels.

  • Can dogs eat Doritos? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Doritos?

    No. Do not feed your dog Doritos.

    Doritos are immensely processed and contain virtually no nutrients. There is nothing in a Dorito that your dog might benefit from. In fact, they are so processed that they are harmful for your dog.

    While they might not experience adverse effects after a few, you’re still putting chemicals into their system that could effect their overall health.

    If they happen to get into a bag on accident, don’t be alarmed. They might have some gastric upset from eating too many, but just make sure it can’t happen again.

Sweets & Junk Food Safe for Dogs

  • Can dogs eat popcorn? Yes, but plain, unsalted, and in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?

    You can feed your dog popcorn, but only in moderation.

    Popcorn contains some fiber that might aid in your dog’s digestion.  Also, it should be plain with no added butters or seasonings.

    There is a small risk of gastric upset if your dog consumes the kernels, so don’t let them eat those.

    There are much better (and more nutritious) treat options, so it’s not advisable to use popcorn as a treat.

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