Picture this; it’s a hot summer day and you’re enjoying a delicious plate of hummus.
But then your furry friend comes begging for a taste.
While you may be hesitant to share your snack, you’re probably wondering if it’s safe for them to eat.
Can dogs eat hummus?
It depends; plain homemade hummus is dog-safe and loaded with nutrients.
On the contrary, commercial hummus contains salts, seasonings, and spices (garlic and lemon); toxic to canines, even in small amounts.
Ingesting hummus in large quantities or frequently leads to severe conditions like pancreatitis, diabetes, and toxicity.
Consult your vet on the exact portion specific to your dog’s nutritional needs.
Hummus is usually served as a dip or spread, and is a great source of protein and fiber, but does it add any nutritional value to your canine’s health?
Read to find that out.
What is hummus?
Hummus is an Arabic word meaning chickpeas, popular in Middle East countries.
It’s a typical dip that can substitute for a spread.
Mainly consumed as an appetizer, for example, dip with crackers, salad dressing, bread spread, or to make juicy burgers.
It’s made from chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and salt.
Combine all these ingredients, blend into a smooth consistency, and garnish with sesame seeds.
Hummus comes in different flavors; some are dog-safe, while others are highly toxic to canines.
Dog-safe flavors include fresh hummus, green, olive pine nut, and pumpkin hummus—but sparingly.
Avoid chocolate, garlic, and red pepper flavors—highly toxic to dogs, even in small amounts.
Is hummus safe for dogs? Nutritional value
A dog-safe hummus consists of blended chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and tahini paste (sesame seeds).
Add dog-friendly veggies like avocado, carrots, or zucchini to elevate the flavor.
Hummus adds some nutritional value to your dogs, thanks to the following ingredients:
Chickpeas have fiber that helps improve your dog’s bowel movement relieving constipation and flatulence.
Fiber also creates a sense of fullness, thus, regulating food portions and leading to weight management.
Similarly, dietary fiber nourishes gut-friendly bacteria, reducing your dog’s risk of digestive issues.
Chickpeas are protein-rich and necessary for defending the body against pathogens and cell development that aids in wound healing.
High-quality protein gives your dog strong bones, great muscles, increased body mass, and improved nerve functioning.
Hummus contains increased antioxidants, which boost your dog’s immunity by averting the oxidative damage to body cells caused by free radicals.
This, in return, helps prevent the prevalence of certain chronic diseases like cancers and heart disease.
Hummus also has calcium that aids in the building and maintaining healthy bones and muscles.
The presence of phosphorus improves your dog’s cognitive functioning.
Cooper in hummus boosts nerve function, while zinc boosts the immune system.
Is hummus bad for dogs? Health risks
Too much of hummus, especially the processed versions is nto advisdabel for your dog.
This is because it contains garlic, salt, and seasonings dangerous for your canine friends.
Alternatively, you can make homemade dog-safe hummus to avoid risking your dogs’ health.
The following are potential risks of hummus on dogs:
Store-bought hummus contains hefty amounts of salt as an added condiment which is highly lethal to dogs leading to sodium poisoning.
Symptoms of sodium poisoning include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased appetite
- Frequent thirst
- Seizures and tremors
Low-fat hummus is ok for your dog’s diet.
However, the increased fat levels in most commercial hummus can lead to obesity and pancreatitis if consumed regularly.
Pancreatitis due to increased inflammation of the pancreas due to high-fat levels can be fatal when left untreated.
Hummus also contains acids that can damage the stomach lining, potentially leading to stomach ulcers.
Citric acid is highly lethal to dogs in large amounts and can lead to toxicity.
Mild symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, or drooling, while severe signs include tremors, loss of coordination, and light sensitivity.
Excessive and prolonged exposure can lead to liver failure or death at worse.
Raw, cooked, dried, or fresh garlic is toxic to dogs, even in small amounts.
Garlic contains a thiosulfate-a compound that destroys your dog’s red blood cells leading to deadly conditions like anemia.
Mild garlic poisoning causes vomiting, diarrhea, organ damage, and anemia in the long run.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of fiber, but they also contain high levels of oxalic acid—a mineral that can harm dogs’ kidneys if they consume it in high quantities.
Hummus contains seasonings and spices that can hurt your canine’s digestive system.
Gastrointestinal issues include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and poor appetite.
Contact your vet if you observe these signs in your furry friend.
How much hummus is enough for my dog?
Remember that hummus isn’t a healthy snack for dogs, and moderation is key in this matter.
How much to feed depends on several factors like age, size, and preexisting health condition of the dog.
The flavor and dog food consumed on that day also matters since too much calorie intake leads to obesity.
A few licks or a scoop is fine for puppies, while for senior dogs, a large scoop is okay.
Avoid feeding dogs with underlying conditions or those prone to weight gain.
Consult your vet before making Italian ice a regular treat for your dog.
What should I do when my dog ingests too much hummus?
First, figure out the flavor and amount of hummus they ate.
If the consumed flavor doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, don’t freak out.
Subtle flavors like pumpkin or pine nuts hummus are okay.
However, your dog may get mild stomach upset and gas, which will fade away after a few potty visits.
It might be a severe problem if the dog ate hummus containing chocolate or citric acid.
Contact your vet immediately to determine the next step of action.
If the symptoms are severe, try first aid tips to eliminate the poison as you head to the vet.
Why not mash up some plain chickpeas and feed your dogs instead of the expensive store-bought hummus?
This will be a nutritious snack and safe for your dog.
Commercial hummus contains increased sodium and toxins that’s deadly to your dog, even in small amounts.
However, you can control the ingredients in your kitchen and make plain dog-safe hummus for your favorite fur friend.