The following is a guide to realizing the risks your dog has eaten in a cupcake case and when to worry. Remember, it is always best to consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s health.
Are Cupcake Wrappers Bad for Dogs?
There are different types of cupcakes and muffin packaging. The risk depends on the type of packaging your dog is eating. Here is the most common packaging your puppy might eat and if you need to worry.
Silicone cupcake wrapper
Reusable silicone packaging or cupcake cases are becoming increasingly popular, but unfortunately are problematic when eaten from a do. Silicone packaging has a high risk of causing a blockage in your intestines (intestinal obstruction).
Foil cupcake wrapper
Understandably, many owners are concerned about foil packaging that causes aluminum toxicity or poisoning. Fortunately, your dog is extremely unlikely to ingest a toxic dose of aluminum after consuming a foil cupcake liner. The main risk is that the shell can get stuck in the intestine or suffocate. This is especially true for small dogs and puppies.
Paper cupcake wrappers
Traditional paper liners are more likely to pass the intestines safely, especially if chewed into small pieces or eaten by a large breed dog. However, they still present a potential choking hazard and can lead to constipation. This also applies to wax paper or parchment paper that may have been eaten in the process.
Leftover cupcake ingredients
We also need to consider the ingredients the cupcakes are made from, especially if the dog ate the cupcake (or several cupcakes!) In the process. Common ingredients like chocolate, artificial sweeteners that contain xylitol, and raisins are all toxic to dogs. If your canine companion has consumed any of these toxic foods, contact a veterinarian right away.
My dog ate a cupcake wrapper. What now?
If your puppy has decided to quickly work on a cupcake while you’ve turned around in the kitchen, there are a few steps you need to take. As mentioned earlier, if your dog is lethargic or showing signs of intestinal obstruction, see your veterinarian right away.
Step 1: Check your dog
Look for signs of pain or distress. If your puppy is having difficulty breathing (breathing faster than normal, having trouble breathing, having pale or blue-colored gums) or seems to be choking, see an emergency doctor right away. If your dog is light-colored and comfortable, skip to step 2. Watch out for vomiting as this should be reported to a veterinarian.
Step 2: clean up and prevent access
Remove the remaining cupcakes and accompanying parchment paper and equipment from your pets. You don’t want them to swallow any more wrappers! If your furry friend has searched the trash can and there’s a big mess, move your pets to another safe area of the house while you clean up.
Step 3: Gather Your Information
Try to find out what was eaten. How many cupcakes are missing? What were the wrappers made of and how much of the wrapper was eaten? Has the casing been chewed into small pieces? Do the cupcakes contain any toxic ingredients? This can mean walking through the trash can or putting pieces of the wrapper together. The more information the better.
Step 4: call your vet
Assess the risk factors. If you think your dog has just eaten a small amount of paper wrap, it has a good chance of getting through (especially a large breed dog). All you can do is wait and watch. If your puppy is a small breed or a puppy, has eaten a foil or silicone sleeve, Call your vet as soon as possible. If your puppy has eaten any toxic food, is in any way unwell, or you are unsure, then you need to call your veterinarian as well.
Make sure you give them all the information you have including the age, breed, and size of your dog and what signs (if any) they are currently showing. From here your vet will tell you if you need to come to the clinic. They may also advise you to wait at home and closely monitor your pup. Make sure you follow all instructions exactly. You may see bits of packaging getting through the feces in the next 48-72 hours.
What happens next?
When your dog needs to see the vet, they’ll first take an extensive history from you so that they can assess the risk. They will then carefully examine your dog and advise you on the next steps. This may include waiting and monitoring at home if they think the wrapper is likely to go through.
If they’re concerned that the cupcake casing is causing a blockage, they do tests such as x-rays, ultrasounds, and blood tests. If the packaging is causing a blockage, your vet will discuss surgical ways to remove it under general anesthesia.
Here are some of the possible results after your dog has eaten a cupcake case:
Dog passes the cupcake case
In many cases, especially in larger breed dogs, small amounts of paper and even foil from a cupcake box can get through the intestines without major concerns in the next 48-72 hours. It is not uncommon for dogs to experience a small amount of diarrhea and a little upset stomach after consuming something inedible.
However, if your dog shows signs of a blockage such as vomiting, lack of water, lethargy, or loss of appetite, you should see a veterinarian.
Dog vomits wrapper at home
This is also a possibility, but it can be difficult to know if the entire Wrapper has been called (or if more have been left behind!). If you can take it, use gloves and see if you can figure out how much of the wrapper has been pulled up. Based on the information you have, you want to determine if any is missing. If you are not sure or if the vomiting continues, Talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
It is important that your pet never vomits at home. This should only be done by a veterinarian who will assess whether this is appropriate. You will then provide an injection to make the procedure as safe as possible. Parts of the cupcake casing can cause damage!
Toxicity of cupcake ingredients
As mentioned earlier, many of the ingredients we use to bake cupcakes are toxic to dogs. If your cupcake was simply with no main ingredients, most basic bread products can’t do any harm. However, if your cupcakes were made with something toxic, this should be noted for your veterinarian.
Common toxic ingredients include coffee grounds, chocolate, macadamia nuts, artificial sweeteners that contain xylitol (it’s also found in some peanut butter!), Flavoring alcohol, and raisins. Your veterinarian can determine the risk of toxicity from these ingredients based on the amount consumed and the size of your pup.
They will then recommend the appropriate treatment. This could include putting your dog on a drop in the hospital or giving activated charcoal to help eliminate toxins. Fatty foods like butter or coconut oil are also a potential risk as they can cause pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas and related illness).
Clogging and perforation
One of the greatest dangers of a dog swallowing a cupcake case is an intestinal blockage. This is also known as a “bowel obstruction,” which requires your veterinarian to surgically remove the covering from the bowel or stomach. In some cases, foreign material can also be removed with an endoscope (an instrument with a small camera).
If left untreated, an obstacle can lead to its Perforation of the intestine and leakage of intestinal contents into the abdomen. This leads to a life-threatening infection known as septic peritonitis. A true bowel obstruction will never go away on its own and time is of the essence. Early treatment is often much cheaper and safer than delaying it.
frequently asked Questions
Below are some common questions about taking cupcake wrappers on your dog. If you think we missed something, please drop us a message in the comments!
How can I prevent my dog from getting cupcake wrappers?
Prevention is much better than healing and not having to worry about the danger a cupcake case can pose! Make sure all baked goods are out of reach – this includes the kitchen counter, coffee table, and trash can! Pet-safe trash cans are available, or you can remove the trash from areas your dog can access.
If you have guests, make sure you are careful. Do not drop food or keep the packaging in easily accessible places. It is especially important to closely supervise young children while they are eating with dogs. You can even consider keeping your dog in a separate room when you bake or host guests if they’re particularly food-motivated!
Can a dog’s stomach digest a cupcake casing?
While small pieces of paper may get digested in your dog’s stomach, unfortunately, foil and silicone cupcake wrappers won’t. This also applies to larger quantities of waxed paper. This means one of two things. The undigested shell is either safely passed through the intestine or cannot be blocked. As mentioned earlier, blockages require veterinary intervention.
What are the signs of a bowel blockage in dogs?
Common signs of bowel obstruction are vomiting (especially multiple times), loss of appetite, calm behavior, lethargy, and effort to defecate without making feces. If your dog shows any of these signs, urgently seek medical attention.
Can a dog die eating a cupcake case?
It is rare for a dog to die from a cupcake wrapper, but there are times when an intestinal blockage caused by a liner goes untreated. If you suspect an intestinal obstruction you should seek advice from your veterinarian.
Is It Bad For Dogs To Eat Aluminum Foil?
Aluminum foil is not toxic to dogs. In most cases, small amounts will safely pass through the intestines. However, aluminum foil is indigestible and large amounts can cause intestinal blockages.
While a regular paper cupcake or muffin wrap is unlikely to cause any problems except for the smallest dogs, Silicone and foil packaging are more dangerous. You should also consider whether any toxic ingredients were eaten next to the cupcake casing. If your dog decides to eat one when you’re not looking, you should call your veterinarian right away. They can help you decide on the appropriate treatment.