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my dog ate 6 licorice sticks. will this hurt him

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my dog ate 6 licorice sticks. will this hurt him?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Kara :

Hello, I'msorry to hear that your pup got into mischief and I'd like to help.
How big is he?
Does he have any pre-existing medical conditions?
Was it black or red licorice?
Was it sweetened with artificial sweeteners likew xylitol?

Customer:

12 years old and 79 lbs.

Customer:

just sugar and black licorace

Dr. Kara :

Thanks very much for the additional information.

Dr. Kara :

He's a big dog so he should be fine. In a smaller dog that much sugar could lead to pretty bad diarrhea, and you might see some loose stools with him, especially if he has a sensitive stomach.As long as it deosn't have artificial sweeteners (which can be very toxic in dogs) and he isn't diabetic he should be fine.

Customer:

no pre existing

Dr. Kara :

Great, then maybe diarrhea will be the only side effect you see.

Customer:

thx

Dr. Kara :

Can I answer anything else?

Customer:

no thx

Dr. Kara :

Very welcome. Dogs love sweets but don't make this a habit as they are bad for them.

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