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CAN DOGS EAT
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(by Haley Williams & Guy Crites)

Can Dogs Eat Garlic?

No. What about other spices, condiments, & seasonings?
Humans are obsessed with different spices and flavorings.

We put anything and everything on, in, or around our food.

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Humans have 9,000 taste buds, believe it or not, and we are constantly on the search for the most flavorful foods.

Now let’s take a look at your dog’s sense of taste.

For starters, he only has 1,700 hundred taste buds.

Fun Fact: Humans have 9,900 taste buds, dogs have 1,700. They DON'T NEED the food you want to share! Click To Tweet

They also don’t seek out salty foods like we do.

Here’s another party fact for you:

Your special little ball of sunshine can actually taste water.

Now before you get all high and mighty on me and declare that you can taste water too, let me tell you this:

No you can’t.

Humans are not able to “taste” actual water, and you’re not a special subset of human that can. You’re probably tasting trace minerals or chemicals in your water, not the actual water. Sorry to disappoint you, but only your dog possesses this unique attribute.

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But let’s get back to seasonings. Because they have such a small amount of taste receptors, they’re not really digging that basil you added to their meal.

So my advice is to not feed your dog spices at all. Why bother?

Another thing to consider is that some spices are actually harmful.

Garlic has been well documented as harmful to dogs.

In high enough doses, garlic can cause your dog’s body to basically start rejecting its own blood cells.

It is safe-ish to give them garlic in small amounts, but I wouldn’t take the chance, especially if my dog doesn’t even really taste it.

Nutmeg is also toxic to dogs.

It contains a compound that when ingested can cause hallucinations, disorientation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain, and seizures.

Here’s a more complete list:

Never Feed Your Dog These Spices, Condiments, or Seasonings ☠

  • Can dogs eat garlic salt? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Garlic? Can Dogs Eat Garlic Salt?

    No. Don’t choose to feed your dog garlic or garlic salt.

    In large doses, garlic can cause oxidative damage to red blood cells. This means that the lifespan of your dog’s red blood cells can dramatically decrease, leading to anemia and perhaps even death.

    While some people say a little garlic is OK, why even bother?

    If they get into some garlic accidentally, monitor their condition closely and contact your vet if the exhibit abnormal behaviors.

  • Can dogs eat ketchup? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Ketchup?

    No. Dogs can not eat ketchup.

    The ingredient list in ketchup is long with lots of potentially harmful ones.

    A lot of ketchups use onion powder, and onions are toxic to dogs. Ketchup also contains a lot of sodium, and too much sodium could affect your dog’s kidneys and even lead to permanent damage.

    If your dog gets into some ketchup, keep a close eye on their behavior and call the vet if they’re acting abnormally.

  • Can dogs eat Nutella? No!

    Can Dogs Eat Nutella?

    No. Any way you look at it, you should NEVER feed your dog Nutella.

    Nutella is made from chocolate and macadamia nuts; two, very toxic ingredients to your dog.

    Chocolate contains the toxic compound theobromine that can affect their nervous systems at high enough doses.

    Macadamia nuts can induce paralysis in large amounts as well.

  • Can dogs eat hummus? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Hummus?

    No. Don’t choose to feed your dog garlic hummus.

    Most hummus contains garlic and onion. In large doses, garlic and onion can cause oxidative damage to red blood cells. This means that the lifespan of your dog’s red blood cells can dramatically decrease, leading to anemia and perhaps even death.

    While some people say a little garlic is OK, why even bother?

    If they get into some accidentally, monitor their condition closely and contact your vet if the exhibit abnormal behaviors.

  • Can dogs eat mayonnaise? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Mayonnaise?

    No. Do not feed your dog mayonnaise.

    Mayonnaise it not toxic to dogs, but it’s not recommended. Mayo is 60% saturated fat (bad fats). Too much fat in your dog’s diet can lead to pancreatitis.

    Some mayo contains soybeans, which a lot of dogs are actually allergic to.  If your dog eats some accidentally, they should be fine, but watch for symptoms of an allergic reaction.

  • Can dogs eat vanilla? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Vanilla?

    No. NEVER allow your dog to consume vanilla extract.

    Both imitation and real vanilla extract is essentially alcohol.

    Dogs cannot consume alcohol. Alcohol is toxic to dogs and may even be fatal in high enough doses.

    Contact your vet if they get into it accidentally.

  • Can dogs eat nutmeg? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Nutmeg?

    No. DO NOT feed your dog nutmeg.

    Nutmeg has a toxin known as myristicin. This toxin can cause hallucinations, disorientation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain, and even seizures in large doses.

    Small doses might not affect your pet too much, but large doses can.

Safe Spices, Condiments, and Seasonings for Dogs

  • Can dogs eat ginger? Yes, in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Ginger?

    Yes. Dogs can eat ginger, but only in small amounts.

    Ginger can be used to help calm your dog’s stomach, as in if your dog gets carsick.

    It can also help with blood circulation and can lower cholesterol.

    Too much ginger can cause gastric upset.

  • Can dogs eat turmeric? Yes.

    Can Dogs Eat Turmeric?

    Yes.

    Turmeric is packed with antioxidants and can help ward off arthritis, cancer, and other diseases. It can also help dogs already diagnosed with these conditions.

    We recommend feeding your dog turmeric, as it really has no adverse effects.

    As always, too much a a good thing could lead to a bad thing, so only feed turmeric to them in moderation (perhaps sprinkle of their food).

  • Can dogs eat mint? Yes, in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Mint?

    Yes. Dogs can eat most mint plants, just be weary of the type of mint.

    Mint leaves can be eaten by dogs and are for the most part non-toxic.

    However, pennyroyal (a type of mint) is extremely toxic to dogs. If they consume pennyroyal, they need to go to the vet.

  • Can dogs eat cinnamon? Yes, in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

    Yes, in moderation.

    Cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar and can help diabetic dogs.

    Cinnamon is also anti-fungal and antibacterial.

    There are certain types of cinnamon that contain a compound that could be toxic in high doses, so dogs can eat cinnamon only in moderation.

  • Can dogs eat oregano? Yes, but only in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Oregano?

    Yes. Dogs can eat oregano, but only in moderation.

    Oregano is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. This helps reduce the dangers of bacteria and viruses.

    It’s also good for your dog’s skin and coat.

    Gastrointestinal problems can also be relieved with some oregano.

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