Can Dogs Eat Popping Candy? [Pop Rocks]

You take pet parenting seriously, and that is why you should always carefully consider everything you feed to your dog. Just because something is okay for humans does not mean dogs can have it too. In fact, there are many human foods that are highly toxic to dogs. Many pet owners have questions concerning sweets and candy for their dogs. This guide will help you answer the following question.

Can my dog eat pop rocks? The answer is a resounding no.

Why Dogs Should Not Eat Poprocks

There is always a temptation to allow your dog to partake of anything that you are enjoying. This can include things like cakes, cookies, and candy. Poprocks are a fun type of candy that can make a popping sound and sensation in your mouth when they mix with saliva.

The popping sensation is created from carbon dioxide gas that is trapped inside each tiny piece of candy. When your saliva starts to melt the candy, the carbon dioxide gas starts to burst. This can be a fun, sweet candy experience for humans, but it is not safe for dogs.

The problem with dogs eating pop rocks or any other type of really sweet candy is that it can become an immediate choking hazard. The candy can start to melt but then get stuck in your dog’s windpipe.

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It is also really bad for your dog’s teeth as well.

Another danger that pop rocks pose to your dog is that the dog doesn’t understand to allow the candy to dissolve on its tongue. A dog will often swallow things whole. Poprocks are not made to be swallowed whole. If the candy is swallowed before the carbon dioxide is allowed to burst, it could cause digestive problems.

The candy might start to dissolve and burst in the dog’s throat or, worse, in its stomach. If the carbon dioxide starts to expand in your dog’s stomach it can cause serious stomach problems.

Some people believe that pop rocks can produce enough carbon dioxide gas to burst a balloon. So, just imagine what it might do to your dog’s stomach.

Are Pop Rocks Toxic?

The ingredients in pop rocks candy are not necessarily considered to be toxic to dogs. However, the effect the candy can have on your dog’s stomach can be dangerous. For this reason, you should avoid feeding pop rocks to your dog.

Dogs And Toxic Foods 

As a pet owner, you need to be aware that there are many types of human foods that are toxic to dogs. When you get a dog, you also need to consult with your vet to learn about which foods you can and cannot feed to your pet.

Your vet will be able to provide you with a list of toxic foods. You will need to post this list somewhere so that you can easily reference it and so that others who care for your dog can see it too.

It is your responsibility to keep your dog safe from toxic foods.

Healthy Diet For Your Pet 

If you want to provide your pet with a healthy diet, there are certain things you should avoid even if they are not considered to be toxic.

You should definitely avoid foods that contain large amounts of sugar. Dogs are susceptible to weight gain and diabetes just like humans. If you are not careful with how much sugar your dog consumes, it might be faced with health problems as it ages.

You will also want to avoid foods that do not provide your pet with any nutritional value. There are lots of healthy snacks that your dog would love to have for treats. You should find these types of snacks to treat your dog with. Healthy snacks can be used to help train your dog and give it a variation from its regular diet. Always choose snacks that are first of all non-toxic and that also provide your pet with nutritional value.

Pet owners should also consider whether or not a treat would present a choking hazard for the dog. There are lots of healthy snacks that could pose a choking hazard. One example is nectarines. Nectarines are healthy for dogs, but the pit of the fruit must be removed. The pit contains dangerous chemicals and can be a choking hazard. Before giving your pet any human food, make sure that the food will not produce a choking hazard. This is especially important for really small dogs who do not have the jaw power to crush hard objects.


Dogs do not need candy or other substances that have large amounts of sugar. Poprocks not only have a lot of sugar but also contain carbon dioxide gas which can cause dangerous bloating in your dog’s stomach. You should not feed your dog pop rocks candy for any reason.

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