It can be quite tempting to share your food with a cute, begging dog. We just love sharing “people food” with dogs — from chicken and rice to a nice, crunchy carrot and lots in between. But not everything you eat can be eaten by a dog. Let’s find out about dogs and spicy foods, as well as what people foods are safe for dogs. Contents
Do I Need to Go to the Vet if My Dog Ate Chili?
As long as your dog remains bright and well, and didn’t eat any toxins, you can trial treatment at home. However, it’s never wrong to call your vet for advice or asked to be seen if you’re worried about your dog.Ask a Vet In Real Time!
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Feed your pup some easy-to-digest food. You may also want to get some probiotic paste from the vet. If your dog becomes lethargic or is vomiting multiple times, they may need an anti-sickness injection to help them settle back down.
Don’t forget, if your dog has eaten spicy food containing onion or garlic, then your veterinarian will want to make your dog sick to prevent the toxins being absorbed from the stomach into the bloodstream. Depending on how long ago your dog ate the onion/garlic, and how much they have eaten, the vet may also give your dog some charcoal to further prevent absorption from the gut into the blood and may want to keep your dog in at the clinic for monitoring, blood tests, and IV fluids.
Check the ingredients for other toxins.
Next, it’s important to check the ingredients in the spicy food, as although chilies themselves are not toxic to your pup, other components of the dish could be. It’s really helpful for your veterinarian if you can tell them exactly what your pup has eaten, as this will help them treat your dog more effectively. If there is onion or garlic in the food, then you need to contact your veterinarian and get your pup checked over at the clinic. Your vet will want to make your dog sick to prevent the toxic food being absorbed from their stomach.
Other Risks of Spicy Food for Dogs
But it’s not just the chili you need to worry about. Most spicy foods contain onion and garlic, both of which are toxic to dogs and can be life threatening if not treated quickly at the vets. Onion contains a toxin that damages red blood cells, causing a potentially life-threatening anemia if not treated fast.
Other ingredients in spicy food may not be directly unpleasant or toxic for your pup, but the veg and sauce could be very rich for them, and our dog’s digestive systems just aren’t able to process this kind of food in the same way we are. Spicy food is likely to give your pup an upset tummy, and it often causes vomiting and diarrhea, which — although not usually serious — can be very unpleasant for both you and your pet. An upset tummy could make your pup feel a rather rubbish for a few days, especially if they already suffer from a sensitive gut.
Generally, although many human foods can make a safe and tasty occasional treat for your pet, it’s really important that you feed your dog a complete and balanced diet designed for dogs. This will make sure that your pup is getting all the right nutrients to stay healthy, as well as being appropriate for their digestive systems. Treats should only make up 10% of their daily calory intake, but spicy food shouldn’t be featuring on their menu any time soon! Dont Miss This Deal