Is Nutella safe for dogs?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and their food database, 100g of Nutella contains 541 calories, 5.41g of protein, 32.43g of fats (10.81g are “bad” saturated fats).
It also has 62.16g of carbs (56.75 are from sugar) 14 mg of cholesterol, 41 mg of Sodium, and just a tiny bit of Iron and Calcium.
Long story short: lots of bad fats, outrageous amount of sugar and empty calories. Sharing such treats to your pet can hardly be called safe.
Also, Nutella also lists cacao as one of the ingredients. And Theobromine, a very toxic for dogs alkaloid compound, derives from it. So, in a nutshell, Nutella is not safe for dogs. And it is essential to keep your dog away from it.
Is Nutella bad for dogs?
As we’ve established earlier, 56% of Nutella is basically sugar. When the amount of sugar in pups’ nutrition increases, it can lead to many severe diseases, including diabetes and pancreatitis.
If your dog ate too much sugar (whether it was coming from Nutella or something else), lookup for the following symptoms: depression, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Noticed any of those? It’s time to call your vet to ask for advice.
My dog ate Nutella. What should I do next?
First of all, you should consult the nearest vet about the present condition of your dog, especially if you’ve noticed any changes in the pup’s behavior or well being.
Some steps you can do on your own then.
For instance, try to induce vomiting in your dog to get that Nutella out of his belly and decrease the potential damage.
You can also give your pup some activated charcoal. Thus you’ll make sure that the rest of the toxic ingredients will be absorbed and leave the pup’s body naturally. But never give your pet any strong medication without consulting with your vet.
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