You take out your favourite sugary cereal, all excited to eat it, and accidentally spill some on the floor. In those few seconds between annoyance and cleaning up, your pup has already stuffed his face with it.
Now you’re frustrated, trying to figure out if it’s safe for your dog to eat some fruity pebbles.
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Whether it’s okay to give your dog fruity pebbles to alternatives for it, we’ve got answers to your questions.
Wait no longer, and scroll down to get the answers you seek!
Are Fruity Pebbles safe for your dog?
Although not toxic, avoid giving your pup fruity pebbles. Its sugar content is high, which could give your dog an upset stomach and spike in blood sugar levels. In addition to this, it contains many unhealthy ingredients like hydrogenated oil, dyes, etc.
Ingredients like dyes and artificial flavours cause health problems in the long run.
Some pet owners feed their dogs fruity pebbles due to the low fructose content. However, it’s best to avoid giving your pet fruity pebbles altogether as it could be harmful.
How much fruity pebbles is okay for your dog?
Avoid giving your dog fruity pebbles as much as you can. If they have consumed some accidentally, it’s okay as long as it’s a few bites. Overconsumption can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, and an upset stomach.
Is it okay to give your dog cereal?
Dogs can eat cereal as long as it’s not overly sweet or unhealthy for them. While shopping for dog food, you should avoid brands containing high sugar levels. Cereals with excessive sugar don’t provide the nutrients necessary for your dog.
It is better to choose a cereal with better nutritional value than fruity pebbles, which can be unhealthy. Reading the ingredients list and looking out for harmful contents are the two best things you can do for your dog.
Making sure that all the ingredients are dog-friendly is crucial. Cereals containing xylitol, chocolate, etc., are harmful to dogs. If you’re unsure about an ingredient, it’s better not to feed it to your dog.
Always remember that milk should not be given with cereal while feeding your pup. It should be eaten dry.
Risks involved in giving your dog Fruity pebbles
Fruity pebbles contain a large amount of sugar, and it’s highly processed. This could deteriorate your dog’s health. Some use it as a treat, though generally, you should avoid them.
Sugary cereals can also cause digestive issues in your dog. Some cereals containing chocolate or raisins could be deadly. Cereals containing nuts could also be harmful.
If your dog cannot digest the sugar in these cereals, it’ll cause an upset stomach. This could lead to vomiting and dehydration due to loss of fluids.
Cereals with high grain content can be harmful. Dogs should have a diet rich in protein, fibre, minerals, and vitamins. They don’t require a grain-rich diet.
Cereals contain additives that lower the nutritional level and make the meal less healthy. Feeding your dog anything with over 10 grams of sugar per serving can be highly unhealthy.
Overconsumption of sugar can cause canine obesity, diabetes, cavities, tooth decay, and sometimes even pancreatitis.
The bacteria in your dog’s mouth produces acid using sugar. Too much acid could destroy the mineral in the dog’s enamel. Destruction of enamel leads to tooth decay and dental diseases.
Here are some other risks involved:
What can you feed your dog instead of fruity pebbles?
Since Fruity Pebbles isn’t the healthiest option for your dog, here are some alternatives for it.
1. Oat Bran Cereal
Oat Bran Cereal is safe for your dog and provides them with nutrition. It is high in fibre and helps manage the weight and digestion of your dog.
2. Rice Krispies Cereal
Rice Krispies is a very healthy option for your dog. Rice is easy to digest. It is low in calories and contains zero sugar. Since it’s just empty carbohydrates, it’s suitable for consumption.
They could be used as training treats as they’re not very filling.
3. Special K Cereal
You can feed plain Special K Cereal to your dogs. It is crucial to check the ingredients list while buying flavoured cereal.
Cheerios are safe for consumption by dogs. They do not provide any nutritional value. They are empty calories, so it’s better to use them as treats.
5. Chex Cereal
Rice Chex and Corn Chex have limited nutritional value but are safe for dogs. Dog food usually contains corn or rice as the main ingredient. Therefore, it is safe to feed your dog Chex cereal if they’re not allergic to rice or corn.
Some other alternatives are:
Cream of Wheat
Honey Bunches of Oats
Anything low sugar, low calorie, and does not contain any nuts, raisins, or chocolate is safe for your dog.
Is it possible for your dog to develop allergic reactions to fruity pebbles?
Yes, it is possible. Cereals like Fruity Pebbles contain additives and food dyes, which could cause an allergic reaction. The food dye Red 40, found in cereals, can cause allergies.
Give your dog only a tiny bit once or twice a month as a treat. This will help avoid any health problems.
What to do if your dog accidentally consumes fruity pebbles?
One or two spoons of fruity pebbles are safe for consumption by your dog; however, if they consume more than that, it could cause digestive issues like diarrhoea, vomiting, etc.
If your dog consumes more fruity pebbles than what’s safe and shows signs of distress, immediately consult a vet.
An allergic reaction can also occur due to the food dyes in the cereal. If your dog shows any following symptoms, take them to a vet immediately.
Itchy or runny eyes
Q. Can dogs consume sweet cereal?
Sugary cereals aren’t toxic but can cause digestive distress in your pet. However, feeding them a small amount of cereal as a treat once a month is considered safe.
Q. Can dogs have milk with cereal?
Dairy products can cause digestive issues in dogs as they’re lactose intolerant. Small quantities could be safe, but it’s best to avoid milk and feed them dry cereal.
Q. Can dogs eat whole-grain cereal?
Dogs can eat whole grain cereals. All kinds of cereal grains like oats, rye, wheat is safe for consumption by dogs.
Q. Is sugar harmful to dogs?
Too much sugar is harmful to dogs. It can cause obesity and dental diseases.
Fruity pebbles are not dangerous for your dog if it’s only consumed once in a while. As always, moderation is key. Too much sugary cereal can be harmful and will cause health problems.
Always check the ingredients list before feeding your dog. In case of an allergy, take your pet to a vet immediately.
It is best to avoid the consumption of fruity pebbles. There are alternatives like Rice Krispies, Special K, etc.
I hope this article helped in figuring out the best for your dog! Leave your thoughts, experiences, and tips down below!
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.