Dog Ate a Muffin or Cupcake Wrapper – What to Do Next
Cupcake and muffin wrappers can pose a threat to a dog’s health if they are eaten as a whole. Muffin wrappers are typically made of materials such as foil and paper. The former is a lot more dangerous to dogs because foil isn’t digestible. Eating muffin wrapper can increase the risk of intestinal blockage and eventually lead to a number of digestive symptoms ranging from mild to severe in terms of severity.
Can a Dog Digest a Muffin Wrapper?
It depends on the type of material used for the muffin wrapper. As we mentioned earlier, cupcake and muffin wrappers are made of various materials including paper, plastic, wax, and foil. None of these materials are easily digestible with the exception of traditional paper wrapper which may safely pass along the dog’s gut without too many issues.
The remaining materials are likely to cause blockage, especially if it was a puppy or small-sized dog that ate the muffin wrapper. If left untreated, intestinal blockage can lead to serious health complications such as extensive discomfort and severe fluid loss. For this reason, we would strongly recommend calling the emergency vet for advice if you believe your dog ate a whole muffin wrapper made of indigestible material.
Danger of Muffin Ingredients
There is also the health risk that could be introduced by the ingredients used for the muffin. The crumbs of the muffin and cupcake typically stick to the wrapper so dogs may ingest some of it as they swallow the wrapper. This is dangerous if the muffin contains ingredients that are known to be toxic to dogs, including chocolate and artificial sweetener.
What to do if your dog ate a muffin wrapper
Call the vet for advice. Until the dog is taken to the vet, make sure he is watched over in case he starts to shown signs of discomfort. It could end up being a false positive and your dog’s gut may pass along the muffin wrapper just fine. Not taking any action, however, is not a risk we feel is worth taking in this instance given the dangers that can be introduced by an intestinal blockage.
Want to know what else aside from muffins (and their wrappers) can be unsafe for dogs to eat? Our human food database covers it all with over 100 food items dogs should or shouldn’t eat.