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Can Dogs Eat Laffy Taffy? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ

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Every dog owner knows how much dogs adore mealtime. Many dogs don’t have preferences and will eat almost anything that smells slightly interesting. But our role as dog owners is to make sure that the food that goes into our dogs’ stomachs is healthy for them. Sometimes, it is tough not to give them a piece of food we are eating, especially when they look at us with those big, sad eyes.

But remember that most times human food isn’t good for your dog. In this case, Laffy Taffy isn’t necessarily toxic for your dog but can cause other health problems. If your dog managed to sneak a small piece of Laffy Taffy, they will most likely be fine. Read on below to find out more.

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What Is Laffy Taffy?

Laffy Taffy is a type of candy produced initially from America. Because of its amazing taste, it became one of the favorite types of candy not only in America but also in other parts of the world. Laffy Taffy is known for its chewiness and the fact that it comes in many colors and flavors. But maybe the thing they are most known for is that on every wrapper of the candy, there is a joke written by children, which is why they are called Laffy Taffy.

They come in a variety of different flavors: strawberry, apple, grape, blueberry, cherry, and the one that is the most popular in America is the banana Laffy Taffy.

Ingredients in Laffy Taffy:

  • Corn syrup
  • Palm oil
  • Sugar
  • Monoglycerides and diglycerides
  • Salt
  • Soy lecithin
  • Artificial flavors
  • Hydrogenated cottonseed oils
  • Malic acid
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  • Red 40
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Can Dogs Eat Laffy Taffy?

While dogs can sneak a small amount of Laffy Taffy without any major health concerns, it is not recommended to give them this candy, even in small amounts. Sugar is the main component of this candy, and we all know that sugar isn’t the best for your dog. So even though Laffy Taffy is not toxic to dogs in small amounts, we wouldn’t suggest it because even for humans candy isn’t healthy; you can only imagine what large amounts could do to your dog’s digestive tract.

Risks of Eating Laffy Taffy for Dogs

If your dog eats a lot of this candy, they can experience digestive problems. For example, vomiting or diarrhea.. It is important to remember that the texture of the Laffy Taffy is very chewy, and this can be dangerous as well for dogs, especially for fast eaters, because there is a small risk of choking or partial GI obstructions.

If your dog got hold of some Laffy Taffy and is visibly in pain or having digestive problems, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Ideal Dog Diet

The proper diet is crucial for your dog’s health and overall well-being. Dogs are omnivores, meaning they eat meat but also need plant elements in their everyday diet. There are a lot of commercial foods on the market that are well-balanced and contain all of the nutrients your dog needs. But you should always remember that every dog is different, so you should speak with your vet to find out what fits your dog the best.

Also, an essential factor is how much you feed your dog and how many times a day. When dogs are younger, you should feed them more frequently than older dogs because they need more nutrients for proper muscle and bone development. And finally, a fresh bowl of water should always be available for your dog.

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Final Thoughts

We all love our dogs, and we always want to make them happy, but keeping them healthy is our most important role. Even though Laffy Taffy isn’t directly toxic for your dog, it can cause health problems, some potentially dangerous. It’s best to keep this and all other types of candy as far away from your pooch as possible.

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