Are Dill Pickles Bad for Dogs to Have?

There is an age-old question that most dog owners have struggled with for years and years.  That question is whether or not dogs are able to eat pickles?  In fact, if you have ever eaten a pickle in front of your dog, you have more than likely noticed that they have been sitting there waiting for you to share that delicious treat with them.  Or maybe you simply dropped a pickle on to the ground and your pup accidently picked it up with their mouth and ate it.  T/he big question here is, since humans are able to eat pickles without having to suffer any type of adverse effects, can your dog also eat pickles? 

If you are looking for a very short answer to this question, the answer is going to be it depends.  What this means, is that you will need to error on the way of extreme caution.  With that being said, it is going to be best for your dog if you do not feed them any pickles, ever.  Keep in mind that many of the pickles that you find in the store are going to be spiced up with different herbs and other spices that can potentially be extremely toxic to your dog.  On top of that, there is the fact that most pickles are going to be very high in sodium, meaning that there is always the chance that your dog’s blood pressure will shoot through the roof, or even worse, cause them to gain an excess amount of weight.  

Now keep in mind that both cucumbers and dill are going to be perfectly fine for your dog to eat.  However, most pickles that you come across are going to contain many more ingredients than that, meaning that it is always going to be a great idea to pose the question to your local vet about feeding your dog pickles before you actually feed them pickles, as well as the best type of pickle to feed them.  

Why Shouldn’t You Feed Your Dog Pickles?

With the one exception being that of plain dill pickles, most of the other types of pickles that include a “kosher” dill pickle, and those butter and bread pickle varieties, are going to contain different types of herbs and spices that can include garlic, which is going to be extremely harmful to pups, no matter what their breed or size may be.  Taking it even further, there are even going to be other types of pickles that include hot and spicy flavors, which can also be extremely troublesome for your dog.

To put these flavored pickles into perspective, even if the pickles are packed with different peppers or spices that are not considered to be toxic to dogs, there is a very good chance that these same pickles are still going to cause your dog to have a upset stomach, as they are not going to be used to ingesting foods that contain that amount of spiciness, which means that your dog is more than likely going to experience some type of gastrointestinal disturbance.

If you know that you dog has eaten any type of pickle that only contains cucumber, brine, dill, and vinegar, you can rest easy as you know that your dog is going ot be fine.  Which, this little bit of pickle may also help your dog to freshen their breath, as well as provide them with a very low calorie snack as well.

But just to be safe, you should always consider the fact that when you feed your dog a pickle, they are always going to have the potential to be at risk for certain health conditions.  That is why instead of a pickle, you may want to consider feeding your dog a cucumber instead.  With that being said, it is important to note that even if you decide that your dog is going to eat a cucumber instead of a pickle, you are going to want to give that cucumber to them in moderation.  This is because the cucumber, while it is a very healthy and refreshing snack for your dog, can still leave them with some very loose stools that you will need to pick up.

So, What Do I Do if My Dog Eats Pickles?

If you find that your dog has accidently eaten some pickles or even just one, there is nothing to really worry about.  Just be sure that you take a second to find out the pickle type it was that they actually ate, and then contact your veterinarian to let them know exactly what has been happening.

Depending upon the type and amount of pickle that your dog ate, your veterinarian may recommend that you bring your dog in so that they can give them a complete checkup.  At the same time, they may also recommend that you keep your dog at home and simply pay attention to them in order to make sure that they are not acting any differently.

With all of that being said, if you do find out that your dog has eaten a larger amount of pickles, it is going to be in your best interest to take your dog in to your veterinarian, so that they can look your dog over and make sure that there are no adverse effects.  

This is going to be especially true if your dog has gotten into pickles that contain any type of onions, garlic, or other types of herbs that are considered to be toxic to your dog (which there are actually many different herbs and spices that are considered to be toxic to most dogs, which means that you are going to want to double check with your veterinarian in advance before even thinking about giving them to your dog), so be sure that you know exactly what it is that your dog is allergic to begore you even think about giving anything to them.  Either way, if your dog does happen to eat pickles that you are unfamiliar with, be sure that you take them to the vet as soon as you can.

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