My dog ate oreo! Help needed!
Someone (me) got panicked when her big labrador raided on her oreo pack. I know Oreos are a divine treat for us humans but dogs can get really sick because chocolate is fatal to them. But do Oreos contain real chocolate? If yes then how much? What should one do if their dog eats a whole packet of oreo?
I visited the vet and got answers to all these questions. Want to know the fact? Here it goes:
No, your dog shouldn’t eat oreo. Oreos doesn’t contain real chocolate. The amount of baking chocolate is also very less. Although Oreo isn’t fatal for them, it’s unhealthy junk food that can make your dog sick right away. Feeding Oreos to a dog as a treat can result in high blood sugar, diabetes, and obesity.
So, you want to know more? Eager to know some better snack options for your dog? And want healthy oreo recipe of your dog? Continue reading to know all about dogs and Oreos.
What is an oreo made up of?
Oreo is an irresistible cookie. It is famous worldwide for its divine taste and texture. Who doesn’t want to have Oreos with milk?
Oreo is made up of:
- A large amount of synthetic sugar.
- Fructose corn syrup. It’s extra sweet in taste and this is what makes Oreos this much irresistible.
- Unbleached, enriched flour. The flour is enriched with many vitamins and iron. Vitamins included are niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and folic acid.
- Oleic canola oil and palm oil (vegetable oils).
- Leavening agents like baking soda.
- Baking chocolate.
- Soy lecithin.
- Corn oil.
- Some salt.
- Vanillin to enhance its vanilla taste.
If we scrutinize these ingredients, none of it is really healthy. But Oreos can be eaten as a treat for sure. Only by humans.
Can dogs eat Oreos?
What if you’re all comfy, enjoying your leisure time by munching on Oreos and your dog is begging to have one with those big eyes? Well, if you are a great dog owner then you should only feed healthy foods and treats to your dog.
But before feeding him oreo, know that oreo is a no-no for a dog. Oreos are unhealthy junk food for a dog that can make your dog slightly sick. And if your dog has eaten packets of oreo then you’ve to take your pet to the vet as well.
So, you should not offer your dog an oreo as a treat. It’s not good in once in a while as well because once eaten, your dog would find it irresistible.
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Why oreo isn’t a healthy treat for dogs?
The ingredients of oreo are the answer to this question. Oreo contains refined sugar, unhealthy vegetable oils, artificial flavorings, and super sweet fructose syrup. All these ingredients can cause short term and long term effects on your dog’s health.
Isn’t it the chocolate in oreo to be blamed?
No, because Oreos contain a very small amount of baking chocolate in it. Oreos doesn’t contain real chocolate. That’s why Oreos aren’t fatal to dogs but they are surely unhealthy.
Effect of oreo on your dog’s health:
So, what if your dog has eaten all your Oreos whole you were away? Or if you are feeding your dog Oreos as a treat because you couldn’t help sharing?
Oreos can cause real damage to your dog’s health if he’s eating them on a daily basis as a treat. The refined sugar and fructose syrup can elevate the blood sugar level of your dog. This can lead to diabetes. Also, all the ingredients in the oreo are fattening. An obese dog means a dog prone to unlimited and prolonged illnesses.
Why chocolate is fatal to dogs?
Chocolate can cause the death of a dog. Even an ounce of dark chocolate can take a huge dog to the emergency and can lead to death.
Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine that cannot be metabolized by a dog. Theobromine is this fatal to dogs which makes chocolate a poison for them.
The amount of theobromine that can negatively affect a dog is 16mg/kg. Anything above 16mg is dangerous for them.
So, considering chocolate a poison, Oreos can also be thought of as poison. But Oreos doesn’t contain real chocolate and the amount of baking chocolate is also negligible. So, it’s not the chocolate in the Oreos but other ingredients that make them harmful (not fatal) for dogs.
Symptoms of the harmful effect of oreo on dogs:
If by accident, your dog has found your oreo supply and eaten all of them then don’t panic. See if your dog is experiencing these symptoms and then take him to the vet if necessary.
- Trembling, shaking, and even seizures.
- Stomach ache.
- Failed attempts at vomit and pooping.
Note that these symptoms are not very obvious if your dog has eaten only one or two Oreos. It’s almost nothing to worry about then. But if your dog has eaten packets of them then these symptoms can appear which can be treated easily.
Steps to be taken if your dog has eaten your oreo:
Knowing that oreo isn’t fatal for your dog, you should stay calm. Don’t rush to the vet right away.
See how much oreo your dog has eaten:
Observe the amount of oreo eaten by your dog. If he has munched on one or two cookies then nothing to worry about.
Offer some water:
Offer some water to your dog and see if he takes it well or not. Water will hydrate him.
Look out for the symptoms:
See if your dog is shaking, trembling, or making unfamiliar voices. Also, if your dog is feeling nauseating or constipated.
The symptoms can appear if your dog has eaten lots of Oreos. Also, these aren’t obvious symptoms.
Take him to the vet:
If you observe symptoms that are really getting worse then rush to the vet. Give him medicine as recommended by the vet and your dog would be fine within days.
Other harmful foods for dogs:
It’s not only oreo or chocolates that can make your dog sick. There are many other foods that you should avoid offering to your dog. These include:
Caffeine is a stimulant that your dog can’t handle. It has the same toxic effect on dogs as chocolates but dogs can tolerate one or two laps of caffeine.
But if your dog ingests a handful of coffee beans or a few black tea bags then your dog can be in real danger. You’ve to rush to the vet immediately in that case.
Alcohol is toxic to dogs. It’s not healthy for humans also but in the case of dogs, it can be fatal.
A small amount of alcohol can cause vomiting, Diarrhoea, trembling, seizures, blood changes, coma, and even death.
So, keep alcohol away from your dog. Even a few sips can cause harm.
Onion and garlic:
Though onion and garlic are great for you but not for your dog. Dogs can get stomach problems, defected red blood cells, and anemia by eating onion and garlic.
Onion is especially dangerous as dogs can’t digest it properly. The symptoms appear only after a few days.
So, don’t feed your dog any leftover human food, sauces, and dips as they contained onion and garlic in them.
Milk and cheese:
Dogs can’t tolerate dairy products as they don’t have enough enzyme lactase to breakdown the lactose in dairy products.
Dogs can’t digest milk and if your dog has gulped a bottle of milk then he might experience Diarrhoea and vomiting, accompanied by a stomachache.
Cheese is also a big no-no for a dog. Blue cheese is particularly fatal to dogs because it contains a substance called roquefortine C that is intolerable for a dog.
Ingested too much roquefortine can cause high temperature, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and other problems. You have to rush to the vet in case your dog has eaten a large amount of blue cheese.
Grapes and raisins:
Grapes and raisins can be fatal to your dog. Dogs cannot tolerate even a single raisin. So, there is no safe dose of grapes and raisins for a dog.
But the underlying reason that why grapes and raisins are fatal for dogs is unknown.
Your dog can suffer from kidney failure if he has ingested too many grapes and raisins. An already sick dog is more likely to suffer if he eats grapes and raisins.
So, keep your grapes and raisins as away from your pet dog as possible.
Yeast present in the dough can pose some problems to your dog’s health. It makes the dough to rise and create spaces between the dough. If this dough is eaten by your dog it can cause gas troubles to him.
Although you can feed some bread to your dog as a treat but don’t offer it on a daily basis and in large quantities. A small bit of bread won’t do any harm.
Food affected by molds can make your dog really sick. Dogs can’t tolerate mold. So, be sure to through away moldy food and check the food twice before offering it to your pup.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gums, sugar-free cakes, and bakery items. It’s used by diabetics and has no harmful effect on humans.
But Xylitol is a poison for your dog. Even a small quantity can be fatal. Xylitol can cause stomach problems, vomiting, seizures, and loss of coordination.
Xylitol can also cause blood-clotting disorders and liver problems in your dog.
Healthy treat options for dogs:
You can offer healthy treats to your dog occasionally. This will make them happy just as you feel happy to have Oreos.
- Apples and bananas are low-fat fruits full of vitamins and nutrients. They are a great snack for your pup. Be sure to remove the seeds of apples.
- Cucumbers are a food treat for obese dogs as it doesn’t contain a hint of cholesterol.
- Celery is loaded with fibers yet easily digestible for your dog. You can offer celery to him as a treat.
- Blueberries are very healthy treats for your dog. It contains antioxidants and large amount of vitamins and minerals.
- Strawberry is yet another yummy and healthy treat option.
So, basically you can offer fruits and some veggies for your dog. They are way better than Oreos and other packaged dog treats.
In this way, you can munch on oreo without any guilt while your dog enjoys his healthy treat.
Healthy oreo recipe for your dog:
Still tempted to offer your dog oreo while you’re having one? Well, here is the recipe of homemade oreo cookies for doggies.
The recipe doesn’t contain any chocolate or even cocoa powder. The dark color of cookie is due to this carob powder that you can find in any local grocery store or order online.
So, the recipe is:
- Half cup carob powder
- One and a quarter cup of whole wheat flour
- One teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a quarter teaspoon of baking powder
- One large egg
- Half cup honey
- Half cup applesauce
- A pinch of salt
For creamy filling:
- 80-ounce cream cheese
- A quarter cup of coconut milk
- Vanilla essence (optional)
You’ve to mix the dry ingredient for cookies then add egg, honey, and applesauce. Mix it well. The dough would be slightly sticky. Bake it in a preheated oven and let the cookies cool down.
While cookies are baking, prepare the filling. Beat cream cheese and coconut milk well to make whipped cream.
Now simply put the filling between two cookies and Viola! You’ve just made healthy oreo cookies for your dog.
The Bottom line
Oreo is NOT a healthy snack for your dog. Although it’s not poisonous for them yet the ingredients are unhealthy and can cause various problems from high blood sugar to diabetes. Thanks to the fructose syrup and a large amount of synthetic sugar in it.
But if your dog accidentally eats your oreo then look it for the symptoms and consult the vet if something is serious, which is very uncommon.
Also, read above about some healthy treats for your dog and if you still want to feed oreo then go for homemade Oreos for your dog, we’ve provided you with the recipe as well.