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Yes, it is safe for dogs to eat Fig Newtons in moderation. In fact, the main ingredient inside Fig Newtons are figs, which have various beneficial nutrients for dogs, including fiber and potassium. However, this treat is also high in sugar and salt. Hence, overfeeding your dog Fig Newtons can lead to diabetes, weight gain, and other health issues over time.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety  Safe to eat in moderation
Nutritional Value  Potassium, fiber
Potential Risks  Obesity, weight gain, allergic reactions, stomach problems
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Fig Newtons are Safe for Dogs?

Unless your dog has a persistent medical condition that the sugars and salts can aggravate, such as diabetes, a little piece of Fig Newton once in a while is unlikely to harm it. That being said, you shouldn’t feed your dog Fig Newtons daily. Instead, opt for dog-friendly treats that don’t contain sugar or salt.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats Too Many Fig Newtons?

Figs are rich in potassium, which can lower blood pressure, and fiber, which helps to regulate your dog’s digestive tract. However, if your dog suffers from kidney problems, too much potassium may not be good for them. Some dogs may have fig allergies. Therefore, don’t overfeed your dog Fig Newtons if it’s allergic to figs.

How to Feed Fig Newtons to Dogs

An easy way to give your dog Fig Newtons is as an occasional treat on its own. However, you can also crumble up a single fi newton roll and add it to your dog’s meal. But ensure you’re not feeding it more than two times per week.

Common Fig Newton Ingredients

  • Whole grain flour-Whole grain flour is completely fine for dogs unless it is allergic to wheat.
  • Sugar-Sugar can cause unhealthy weight gain in dogs and should be avoided.
  • Figs-Figs are safe for dogs in moderation. They are packed with nutrients that can benefit your dog’s health.
  • Corn syrup-Corn syrupcontains tons of sugar and is unhealthy for dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Fig Newtons are completely fine for dogs as long as you’re feeding them in moderation. This means only giving your dog Fig Newtons as an occasional treat.

  • Yes, some dogs are allergic to human foods such as figs. Hence, feeding your canine companion figs can cause allergic reactions, vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • Unlike plain Fig Newtons, strawberry Fig Newtons don’t contain any figs. Just ensure that you don’t overfeed them strawberry Fig Newtons, as they contain a ton of sugar.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.