Humans are obsessed with different spices and flavorings.
We put anything and everything on, in, or around our food.
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.
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.
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.
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