Ask Dr Claire

Miniature Dachshund has eaten a 150g box of Nerds candy. Both dogs are behaving normally and have eaten. Should I be worried?

Nerds primarily consist of sugar. The top three ingredients are dextrose, sugar and malic acid. The rest of the candy contains less than 2 percent of corn syrup, artificial flavours, carnauba wax and artificial colouring.

They’re pretty bad for dogs but not toxic – just likely to cause a sugar high! They may cause mild vomiting. If your dog has an underlying condition such as Diabetes this will affect their glucose level and they should be seen by your local vet.

Xylitol (found in some lollies) is toxic to pets- as is chocolate. Although these aren’t in Nerds, now you know your Dachshunds will eat anything – make sure all lollies and chocolate are locked well away and safely out of reach.

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