It’s popular with kids, but can dogs eat fruity pebbles? Be careful with this cereal because of the high sugar content – it’s not good for pups.
As a dog owner, your gut is probably already telling you not to give your furry friend human food that contains empty calories. And you’re right! In this guide you’ll learn all about Fruity Pebbles and whether it’s a good idea for dogs (especially dogs with health problems).
For ultimate pet safety, I recommend consulting with your vet about all the questions you have about your dog eating Fruity Pebbles.
What Are Fruity Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles is a crispy rice cereal that is extremely colorful and has a very sweet and fruity flavor. Just like Lucky Charms, they are popular with kids and kids at heart. They are made by Post and sold at grocery stores like Target, Kroger, and Costco.
According to Post’s website, this is the current ingredients in Fruity Pebbles:
- Canola Oil
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Red 40
- Yellow 6
- Yellow 5
- Turmeric Oleoresin (color)
- Blue 1
- Blue 2
- BHG and BHA (preservatives)
It also contains the following added vitamins and minerals:
- Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C
- Vitamin B3
- Reduced Iron
- Zinc Oxide
- Vitamin A Palmitate
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin B12
Flavors In Fruity Pebbles
They currently feature natural orange and artificial lemon and cherry flavors. You might occasionally see them produce seasonal varieties like Winterfest Fruity Pebbles, Halloween Fruity Pebbles, or Fruity Pebbles Crunch.
Even though the cereal lists different vitamins and minerals on the box, there isn’t much nutritional value to a bowl of this sugary cereal. It’s more of a sugary snack than a nutritious one.
Unfortunately, the amount of sugar makes this a sometimes food. There are 12 grams of sugar in each serving of Fruity Pebbles. To compare, there are 12 grams of sugar in a serving of Fruit Loops. (See also “Can Dogs Eat Fruit Loops“).
Can Dogs Have Fruity Pebbles
No, it’s not a good idea to give your dog a sweet breakfast cereal like Fruity Pebbles, even as an occasional treat. Even though small quantities once in a while might not hurt your dog, it’s best to control how much sugar they eat.
This is not a great treatment option. The added sugar negates any essential nutrients that might be in it.
Sugary cereals – like Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch – are bad for your dog’s health. It’s best to keep anything that’s made with corn syrup away from your dog.
Can You Give A Dog Cereal
Is any type of cereal ok for you to give your dog? It’s okay to give your dog a small amount of unsweetened cereal, like Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Chex Cereal, Kix Cereal, or Oat Bran Cereal.
If your dog has issues digesting gluten, then a gluten-free option – like rice – will be a safe cereal for your pup.
Beware of cereal that has unhealthy ingredients like artificial fruity flavors or hydrogenated vegetable oil.
And remember that cereal should never be considered a healthy treat for dogs. It’s too high in sugar and carbs to be good for them.
Are Fruity Pebbles Bad For Dogs
Fruity Pebbles aren’t toxic, but eating too much sugar could cause your dog to gain too much weight, which puts them at risk for heart disease. Weight gain isn’t the only risk; eating too much sugar can also cause tooth decay and diabetes.
If you let your dog eat cereal with milk or other dairy products, it could give them an upset stomach.
Another thing that’s not so good about Fruit pebbles is that they contain artificial flavor which could give some dogs a stomach upset.
Most dogs won’t have any allergic reactions to it, since it’s a rice-based cereal.
Types Of Fruity Pebbles And Dogs
Always read the labels when you see any of the following types of Fruity Pebbles in the store:
- Ghost Fruity Pebbles
- Organic Fruity Pebbles
- Kit Kat Fruity Pebbles
- Dino Fruity Pebbles
- Vegan Fruity Pebbles
- Cocoa Fruity Pebbles (Also called Cocoa Pebbles)
How much Fruity Pebbles can dogs eat safely?
It’s best if your furry friends don’t eat any Fruity Pebbles – even on rare occasions. This type of cereal has too much sugar to be a good idea. It might be a safe food for dogs, but the sugar makes it unhealthy.
It’s better to give your dog low-sugar food. Keep their daily diet high in protein and nutrients. There aren’t any health benefits of Fruity Pebbles for dogs. It’s better to make them homemade dog treats with food that is good for them.
More Dog Food Resources
Here are even more resources about different types of snack foods dogs can and can’t eat.
- Can Dogs Eat Beef Jerky
- Can Dogs Eat Brazil Nuts
- Can Dogs Eat Cheetos
- Can Dogs Eat Cheez Its
- Can Dogs Eat Funyuns
- Can Dogs Eat Golden Oreos
- Can Dogs Eat Pork Rinds
- Can Dogs Eat Pretzels
Find lots of articles about human food dogs can eat here on Spoiled Hounds!
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