Can Dogs Eat Twizzlers? Here Is Everything You Need To Know

Love eating Twizzlers and occasionally give your dog some to eat?

As someone who co-lives with two small mixed-breed dogs, I sympathise with the urge to give your fellow puppy some of the foods you eat from time to time. It’s very difficult to deny them any food, particularly when they sit still at our feet looking at the food we’re slowly enjoying.

However, for the sake of preserving our dog’s health, it’s essential for us to know which foods are safe before giving them something that even for a large human being might be dangerous. 

Twizzlers are chewy tube-shaped licorice candies that are popular among kids and adults alike, which is nothing to be surprised about, considering how addicting they are. A single bite leads to a mouthful blast of strawberry or cheery yumminess that, quite frankly, it’s tough for even a vegan health-freak like me to resist. 

In any case, you shouldn’t keep giving your dog Twizzlers to eat, and below I’ll explain why. 

Can Dogs Eat Twizzlers?

can dogs eat twizzlers?

It’s not like dogs love to specifically eat Twizzlers, it’s just that dogs, like humans, have strong taste buds that react strongly to foods with high sugar content.

One of the lesser mistakes I commit once in a while is giving my dogs some peaches – and while it’s not as sweet as Twizzlers – it’s already something they devour with utmost pleasure. 

Fortunately, there are no documented cases that show an instant reaction or harm to dogs from eating Twizzlers, however, if we consider the amount of sugar present in a treat like the Twizzlers, we can convincingly state that they’re not healthy for both ours and the dog’s physiological and dental health. 

Furthermore, the sugar in Twizzlers comes from high fructose corn syrup, which compared to regular sugar is cheaper and sweeter, but it gets absorbed into our bodies much more quickly.

As a consequence, it can lead to conditions like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure in humans, therefore it’s absolutely not recommended that you provide a smaller and more fragile creature with something that is disproportionally bad for you. 

Are Twizzlers Safe For Dogs?

twizzlers ingredients

No, Twizzlers cannot be considered safe for dogs. If you’re eating Twizzlers regularly and simultaneously feed your dog, that is a big no-no, as Twizzlers have a high sugar content.  

This can lead to both physiological and dental problems for your dog, which may be severe when we analyze the consequences of high intakes of sugar on humans. Let me point out that if you fed your dog a tiny dose of Twizzlers once in a while, then that’s probably not problematic.

Also, contrary to what most people believe, most Twizzlers are not actually flavored with the licorice plant, an ingredient that can be toxic for dogs in high doses. The only exception is the black licorice flavor, which you also should be very wary about. 

Black licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which can cause a rise in blood pressure.

If your dog has eaten a whole bag of black licorice or other candy flavored with licorice root, it’s a good idea to contact your vet. Black licorice is also dangerous for humans over 40 years of age. 

Even the NHS (UK’s health authority) says the following: “Eating more than 57g (2 ounces) of black liquorice a day for at least 2 weeks could lead to potentially serious health problems, such as an increase in blood pressure and an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).”

Therefore, avoid black licorice Twizzlers (and don’t give it to your dog). 

How Much Twizzlers Can Dogs Eat?

There isn’t a pre-determined amount of Twizzlers (or any other sugary food) your dog should eat, however, as long as you do it rarely and in very tiny amounts, I don’t believe that should pose a problem. 

Unfortunately, too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to people. Dogs can also become overweight, develop dental problems, as well as diabetes. We also have to remember that dogs are more fragile than humans when we look at their size and bodyweight, which is why you should be particularly careful.

However, I completely understand how difficult it is to resist the so-called “puppy eyes”, but you also want your dog to stay by your side for as long as possible, thus the importance of putting his health first. 

Once in a while, a tiny amount of Twizzlers is not problem, but avoid it if you can. 

Conclusion

If you have given your dog a tiny dose of strawberry-flavored Twizzlers, you don’t have anything to worry about as that isn’t life-threatening.

However, be mindful about not giving your dog Twizzlers regularly, otherwise he may develop the same conditions humans develop from consuming too much sugar. 

More importantly, avoid giving your dog black licorice Twizzlers.

They contain an extract from the licorice plant, which has a compound called glycyrrhizin that is toxic for dogs, and it can raise their blood pressure.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, it has helped answer some of your questions! Don’t forget to share with a friend or family member that may also find value in this information. 

FAQs

What ingredients are in Twizzlers?

Twizzlers ingredients consist of corn syrup, wheat flour, sugar, cornstarch, and in smaller amounts palm oil, salt, artificial flavor, glycerin, citric acid, potassium sorbate, Red 40, and soy lecithin.

Can Twizzlers kill my dog?

Sporadically giving your dog a low dose of Twizzlers will not kill him, but I would be careful not to turn that into a habit, otherwise it’s likely for your dog to develop conditions that arise from high-sugar intake, including diabetes, dental problems, and others. 

Do Twizzlers contain xylitol?

Twizzlers don’t contain xylitol. However, be careful not to give your dog any food containing xylitol, as this is extremely toxic for dogs, even in smaller amounts. For instance, 0.1 gram of xylitol per 2.2 pounds of body weight can cause hypoglycemia, while only 0.5 grams can cause liver failure. Please be careful!

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than five years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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