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Can dogs have caramel popcorn?
Can dogs have caramel popcorn?
I always try to limit my dogs’ sugar intake, so it would be lovely if you could share some other ideas on treats for dogs, and whether any of them are safe to offer the dogs.
—Jill (a reader)
Hi Jill: Thanks for your question! I love your question because I wanted to know the same thing myself! Now, I’m just going to cut straight to the point: Dogs can definitely have their sugar (and other) snacks.
So what are safe snacks for dogs?
While it’s a great question, it really can be answered on a case-by-case basis.
In general, your dog’s treats should have few ingredients. So far as I can tell, the only ingredients your dog might need to avoid are sugar, corn syrup and gluten. Any of those are fairly common in processed treats, and a dog with sensitivities to those ingredients is quite a bit less likely to have problems with those treats. There are other ingredients in treats that are a bit trickier, but those can generally be avoided too.
If your dog has any food allergies or sensitivities, then you’ll want to talk with your vet about the potential dangers of the treats that might appeal to your dog. And keep in mind that many of these treats aren’t terribly healthy for dogs, either, so you may want to avoid those, too.
Is caramel popcorn safe for dogs?
As with all treats, dogs are allowed to have treats as long as the treats are properly labeled. If a product doesn’t come with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) number, it might be a good idea to find a different treat.
That said, it’s perfectly acceptable to get your dog’s candy fix if you avoid sugar and corn syrup in your dog’s treats. One of the ingredients that could be off-putting for your dog is caramel popcorn, though. Your dog might find the smell and the texture a bit off-putting.
Popcorn treats aren’t just unhealthy, they’re actually pretty expensive, too. Many of the treats available from most treat vendors are just plain overpriced, and the popcorn in those treats certainly isn’t worth it.
Luckily, there are some treats available that don’t contain caramel popcorn. Some of them, like these peanut butter caramel dog treats from Earth to Bark, actually have all the fun parts of caramel popcorn in their original ingredients: caramel, peanuts and chocolate. So, if you want something a little less expensive, or if you want to try one of the more exotic treats out there, the caramel popcorn isn’t a problem at all.
Caramel popcorn for dogs is available in different flavors, so it might be worth trying a couple different ones to see which your dog likes best. Or, better yet, don’t buy caramel popcorn treats at all, and instead look for dog treats that are healthier, more natural and more affordable.
Remember, too, that your dog is just as human as you are. Your dog might try a taste of popcorn, and that might be enough to get your dog to start enjoying it. The same is true for the other treats available from Earth to Bark, too. Once your dog sees that it’s something he can eat and enjoy, it’s entirely possible that he’ll learn to like treats from other vendors. After all, it’s your treat, and you can give it to him as often as you like. It’s up to you to take him to the store and try some of the other treats that are available. And if you do, we think you’ll be happy with the results.