Once maple syrup was just considered as a substitute for sugar, but research has shown that pure maple syrup has many nutritional properties.
This is great news not only for people with a sweet tooth but also for their canine friends. Indeed, both humans and their dogs can benefit from this sweet enjoyment, which is made from the sap that is found in sugar maple trees.
Sugar maple trees grow up to an average height of 45 meters. They require very special conditions to make sweet sap—cold and frosty nights, followed by warm and sunny days.
The maple sap flows gradually and softly, drop by drop. It takes more than 10 liters of sap to produce one bottle of maple syrup. The liquid that results from this is rich in beneficial compounds that promote overall health, gives immunity boost, and can also aid in cancer treatment.
Benefits Of Maple Syrup
Maple syrup has many vital nutrients in it for dogs, such as:
This helps the body to utilize proteins and carbohydrates. Boosts the reproductive system health. It also assists certain enzymes in the production of fatty acids and energy.
It works with manganese to support the immune system and helps in reducing inflammation.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Riboflavin helps in the production of red blood cells, which transport the oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. It is also responsible for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats into energy.
Quality Of The Maple Syrup
Not only does maple syrup have these nutritional perks, but it also contains much lesser calories than other common sweeteners, like honey. However, the important thing to remember is that you should use quality maple syrup. Avoid the imitation, which has xylitol: an additive that is extremely toxic for dogs, and can lead to hypoglycemia and liver failure. You should also avoid the flavored maple syrup, which is made of corn syrup and artificial flavoring and can lead to diabetes in your pet.
How Much Is Too Much
Dogs can eat maple syrup in moderation. If consumption is excessive, it can lead to diabetes and obesity. Pure maple syrup is not toxic for dogs, but it is high in sugars, so it should be given in moderation. A few mini pancakes with maple syrup topping once in a while is ok, but do not overdo it.
Dogs that are given excessive sugar can get obese or even develop diabetes. If you notice any one or more of these following symptoms in your dog, then you must consult your vet immediately:
● Excessive thirst
● Increase in urination
● Weight loss
We just love to treat our canine pals to human food, although we know that it is not the best thing for them. Giving your dog real maple syrup swirled in plain Greek yogurt or as a topping on pancakes, is fine, only if it is given in moderation. Just remember that foods that are labeled sugar free often contain alternatives that are toxic for your dog.