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Can Dogs Eat Sweet Tarts?

Just like most types of candy, if your dog noticed you eating something, it wants to try it and will pester you until you give it some of whatever it is you are eating.

In other situations, some dogs may accidentally eat something that they are not meant to by grabbing it when you are not looking. This has resulted in a number of worried dog owners reaching out and asking if dogs can eat sweet tarts or not.

Our hope is to try and help as many of our readers relax if their dog has stollen a sweet tart or if they have given their dog a candy without thinking because of it pestering them as they ate.

For the most part though, the current recipe for sweet tart candies is not ad bad for dogs as some people think and for the most part, your dog should be fine, especially if it has only ate a single sweet tart candy.

Before we go any further, we just want to confirm that we will be specifically referring to dogs eating the sweet tart candy in this article, not sweet tart baked goods.

We see a number of different question from the community about dogs eating sweet tart candy so we have decided to try and cover them all in this article and have added a table of contents below to make the article as easy as possible to navigate.

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Tarts?

The current recipe for sweet tart candies should be fine for most healthy dogs and one or two sweet tarts should not cause any problems for your dog.

Just like most candies, the high sugar content may cause digestive upset in your dog if you feed your dog too many so we would recommend a maximum of three sweet tarts for your dog.

We would also recommend that you check the ingredients list for your sweet tart candies prior to giving them to your dog and see if xylitol has been added to their ingredients list.

At the time of writing, the current sweet tart ingredient list is xylitol free but this may change in the future and if your sweet tarts do have xylitol listed as an ingredient they should be avoided and never given to your dog.

Even a small amount of xylitol can cause serious problems with your dog so it should be avoided at all costs. If your sweet tarts do have xylitol listed as an ingredient and your dog has already ate them then you should monitor your dog for any strange behaviors.

If your dog does start to act strange then you should book an immediate video call with a veterinarian to go over the symptoms with them and to get a treatment plan for moving forward!

Are There Any Nutritional Benefits Of Sweet Tarts For Dogs?

There are no real nutritional benefits of giving your dog sweet tart candies and there are a number of other treats that are much better for your dog to eat.

Other than a quick source of sugar, there really is little to nothing in sweet tarts by means of vitamins and minerals so they do not help to boost your dog’s intake of essential nutrients in any way.

We know that most of our readers will probably be pestered by their dogs for some sweet tart candy simply because they are eating them but there are much better options available for your dog.

In our opinion, some high-quality peanut butter dog treats are the best alternative and your dog won’t know that you are eating something different and will usually just be happy to get a tasty treat.

Not only do most dogs absolutely love peanut butter but it also contains a number of vitamins and minerals with a solid helping of healthy, natural fats.

This is a much better treat food for your dog than letting it eat some sweet tart candies that have little to nothing of value in them.

With so many dogs being nutritionally deficient on so many essential vitamins and minerals, peanut butter treats can be a great way to help top up their essential nutrient intake too.

Is It Bad For Dogs To Eat Sweet Tarts?

Although it may not be bad for dogs to eat sweet tarts, it is more of a question of is there any reason to give your dog sweet tart candies.

We know that most dogs will pester their owners for one if they see you eating anything but there are specific dog treats available that are much better for your dog nutritionally.

As we mentioned earlier in the article, some high-quality peanut butter dog treats are probably the best option for your dog as they offer a solid nutritional profile over something like sweet tart candies with most dogs also loving peanut butter.

As we touched on earlier in the article, too much refined sugar in a dogs diet can easily result in digestive upset too so it’s usually not worth the risk of giving your dog much candy.

You should always check any candy to see if they have xylitol listed as one of their ingredients too.

Like we mentioned above, the current ingredients list of sweet tarts does not contain xylitol at the time of writing but more and more candy brands are starting to switch to using xylitol due to it being so cheap so this may change in the future.


That brings our article going over if dogs can eat sweet tarts to a close. We hope that we have been able to help you better understand why it is generally not a good idea to give your dog too many candies like sweet tarts. There is almost always a better alternative available that your dog will happily eat instead with the doggy treat version usually being much better for your dog.