There is nothing more satisfying and enjoyable than chomping into a crisp and delicious pickle, while enjoying our tasty meal, yes we all agree that a crispy and delicious fresh made pickle is the perfect pairing for a sandwich or a greasy meal.
Pickles are a perfect combination of salty, sour, and crunchy. And yes they can be eaten and enjoyed by many different ways, so you can chop them up into your tuna salad, green salad, or Cesar salad as well, you can stuff them into a sandwich or just crunching on them straight from the refrigerator, that’s why pickles are considered to be a perfect snack.
Dogs And Pickles
But the point here whether you are a pet parent or a dog owner, you need to consider that dog may have the ability to eat almost any food, we need to know that, as our responsibility as a dog parents we have to be sure to look into the ingredients of the foods we serve to our your dogs, and this is because a single ingredient or a type of food can be dangerous and toxic to our dogs.
So, back to pickles topic, imagine this situation: if your dog is running after you, after seeing pickle jar in your hand you are wondering, and asking yourself, if is okay to share your snack with your pup, what if your dog managed to ate a bite of your burger sandwich that has some pickles stuffed in it, you may too worry that it may be harmful to your dog.
Well, calm down no worries, it’s time to learn more about pickles and dogs, as in this article, we will focus on to know if is it okay to serve pickles to our dogs, in addition, to know more about pickles health benefits, along with the risks and probable side effects of feeding our furry four-legged friends too many pickles, so keep reading.
Well, let start with our first question on this topic, is it okay to feed our dogs some pickles? or in other words, can dogs eat pickles or not?
Can Dogs Eat pickles?
Well, if you want to read a short and clear answer, well the answer may be little complicated, it is yes and no, well, it is okay dogs can eat pickles, although they are not too much toxic to our dogs, but they have a little health benefits, so it may be eaten and served to your dog as a rare treat in a very small quantities.
So, as it is mentioned above that pickles do have some health benefits, so this will lead us to the next point which is. What are the health benefits of pickles?
Benefits Of Pickles For Dogs
- First of all, pickles provide health benefits, pickles are stuffed with essential vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin A and K, that both help to boost your dog eye’s sights and develop your dog bones and blood system, in addition, pickles are high in fiber which is necessary for a healthy digestive system.
- Moreover, pickles are high source of Potassium which boost your dog kidney and liver health, along with Iron that helps enzymes function, and this happens by carrying oxygen through the blood system, pickles as well contains Magnesium along with Calcium that are crucial to boost heart function, keep bones healthy regulates the nervous system, along with developing teeth and bones, nails and coat.
- Pickles also may include vitamin C, and phosphorous.
On the other hand, and despite the fact that pickles include some essential vitamins, but eating some kinds of pickles and too many pickles can lead to some risks and side effects, so let’s get to know the probable side effects of pickles.
Risks Of Pickles For Dogs
- It is very known that pickles are kept in sour brine that makes pickles more tasty, but too much salt is not good for your dog, and this can lead to high blood pressure, dehydration, and excessive thirst. In addition to urination.
- It can as well lead to o hypernatremia, meaning there is too much sodium in the blood, and this has many symptoms that may include increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, and seizures. So if your dog consumed too many pickles and you noticed anything unusual or one of the following you have to take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- It is important a well to know that too much salt can cause an inflammation of the pancreas, and this case needs IV fluids, antibiotics, and pain medication.
- Eating too many pickles can lead to some serious health issues that may include upset stomachs diarrhea, constipation, loose stool, and vomiting.
You need as well to skip and stay away from pickles products that contain garlic or onion, herbs or any kind of seasonings, as this may be very harmful and toxic to your dog.
So, if you want to serve and introduce some pickles to your dog, you need first to ask your vet in order to know if it is okay or not, and to make sure that your dog doesn’t have any allergic reaction to it, you need as well to use is homemade pickle, as in this case you can control the amount of vinegar, sodium, you have also to cut and chop homemade pickle into small pieces, and of course pickles should be served to your dog in moderation and as a rare treat, also be aware and try to keep your dog on a good and balanced diet with cucumbers and other beneficial veggies
If you believed that your dog ate too many pickles, give your dog too much water, induce vomiting, and on top of that contact your vet as soon as possible.