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Twizzlers are not dog-safe because they contain a high level of artificial sweeteners. Thus, it’s not recommended to give your dog Twizzlers. Increased consumption of artificial sweeteners can also result in dental and physiological issues among canines.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety It’s unsafe and not recommended to give dogs Twizzlers.
Nutritional Issues High amounts of sugar, glycyrrhizin, and salt.
Potential Risk Dental issues, obesity, and diabetes.
Poisoning Symptoms Gum diseases, digestive disorders, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Ingredients in Twizzlers

  • Sugar: High levels of sugar may promote dental and diabetes issues in canines.
  • Salt: The concentrated sodium in Twizzlers can damage your dog’s liver and also cause dehydration.
  • Glycyrrhizin: It can cause heart failure, liver failure, and irregular heartbeat rate.
  • Xylitol: It’s an artificial sweetener and toxic for dogs, even when consumed in small amounts.

How Much Twizzlers Is Bad for Dogs?

Pooches like eating Twizzlers as much as people do. Just like us, some dogs can develop a sweet tooth, too. There aren’t any reported cases where canines chewing Twizzlers resulted in an immediate negative response. But when we consider the contents, we can tell it has a lot of sweeteners in it.

Signs That My Dog Ate Twizzlers

When your pet only has one Twizzler or a chunk of it, you should not be anxious, but keep an eye on adverse reactions, especially if your pet has taken an excessive amount.

Caution: Xylitol and other ingredients are harmful to canines; your canine will probably have a slight gastrointestinal issue, like watery feces, for about a few days before they recover completely.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Considering the reasons discussed previously, it is clear why Twizzlers make a poor idea for your canine as  they can impact their well-being and have serious long-term consequences.

  • Xylitol is an artificial sweetener and very toxic for dogs, even in small amounts.

  • Glycyrrhizin can cause heart failure, liver failure, and irregular heartbeat rate.

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.