A dog with a concerned expression looking at gummies, indicating it's toxic for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Gummies?

No, dogs should not eat gummies. Gummies are loaded with sugar and often contain artificial additives and xylitol, an artificial sweetener highly toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can lead to severe health problems, including liver failure and hypoglycemia. Chewy, colorful, and sweet, gummies might seem harmless, but they pose significant risks to our canine friends.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 18, 2024

Did You Know?

Gummies often contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that is extremely toxic to dogs.




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Why Are Gummies Bad for Dogs?

Gummies can be harmful to dogs because of their high sugar content which can lead to obesity and dental issues. More alarmingly, many gummies contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that is incredibly toxic to dogs, even in tiny quantities. Additionally, artificial colors and flavors in gummies can cause digestive upset or allergic reactions in some dogs.

How Many Gummies Can Dogs Eat?

Ideally, dogs should not eat any gummies at all. Even a single gummy can contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs. If your dog does manage to eat some, the amount they ate and the ingredients will determine the severity. Some gummies can be outright deadly if they contain xylitol. Always err on the side of caution and keep gummies out of reach.

Common Misconceptions

Some people believe that gummies suitable for children are also safe for dogs since they are marketed as sweet treats. This is a dangerous myth. What's safe for human kids is not always safe for canine kids. Even gummies marketed as "natural" or "organic" can contain substances harmful to dogs, like excessive sugar and additives.

Similar Toxic Products

Several other common household snacks and treats pose similar risks to dogs, including:

  • Chocolate: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and even white chocolate.
  • Candies: Hard candies, marshmallows, and jelly beans.
  • Baked goods: Cakes, cookies, and pastries often contain toxic ingredients like xylitol or chocolate.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Gummies?

If your dog eats gummies, it is crucial to act quickly. Remove any remaining gummies from their reach. Call your vet immediately or contact an emergency veterinary service. Do not attempt to induce vomiting without professional advice, as it could make the situation worse.

Signs and Symptoms of Gummy Poisoning in Dogs?

Be on the lookout for the following symptoms if your dog has ingested gummies:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) symptoms: weakness, collapse, and uncoordinated movements

How Long After Eating Gummies Will a Dog Get Sick?

Symptoms can start within 30 minutes to a few hours after ingestion. Rapid onset is particularly common if the gummies contain xylitol.

When to Contact Your Vet for Advice?

Contact your vet immediately if you suspect or know that your dog has eaten gummies. Quick action can make a significant difference in outcomes.

How to Treat Gummy Poisoning in Dogs?

Treatment will depend on the specific ingredients ingested and the amount. Your vet might induce vomiting, administer activated charcoal, or provide IV fluids and medications to stabilize your dog's condition. Treatment duration varies but often involves several days of hospitalization for monitoring and care.

The cost of treatment for gummy poisoning can add up quickly. Consider investing in pet insurance to help manage these unexpected medical expenses.

What Are Healthy Alternatives?

Instead of gummies, opt for dog-friendly treats that are safe and nutritious:

  • Fresh fruits: Apples (without seeds), blueberries, and watermelon (seedless).
  • Vegetable treats: Carrot sticks, green beans, and cucumber slices.
  • Commercial dog treats: Look for low-sugar, natural options.


Gummies are far from a good snack choice for dogs due to their harmful ingredients and potential toxicity. Stick to safe, dog-approved treats and always consult with your vet if you're unsure about what your dog can eat. Being proactive ensures your furry friend stays happy and healthy!