Can dogs eat hummus.? When thinking about what foods to feed your beautiful canine, hummus isn’t the first food to come to mind. The first thing we think about is various types of dog food. This could be branded tinned food such as Pedigree, dry dog food such as Wagg. If you feel like spoiling your dog, you could go for one of the fresh meat subscription services such as Able. You could of course feed your dog some of whatever meat you cook for yourself, although this could get costly.
As well as giving your dog regular meals, it’s likely (unless you’re told otherwise by a vet), that you will want to give your dog treats or snacks. These again could be branded dog treats. Or if your dog or is anything like mine, they could be much more interested in whatever you are eating. After all, dogs were originally wild and ate whatever food they could find.
When it comes to dog treats, it’s important to consider the quality of what you’re giving to your dog, and more importantly whether the treats you are giving them are dangerous. Some would argue that dog treats with long lists of ingredients are not the right thing to give your dog. As is the case with human snacks, dog likely treats with lots of ingredients are highly processed and therefore not good for your dog.
In addition, the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), has warned that people should be careful when giving their dog leftover bones from meat joints cooked at home. The main reason behind this is that meat bones can splinter easily, and potentially damage a dog’s digestive tract.
Aside from the risks outlined above, there are some foods that dogs definitely shouldn’t eat. According to yourdogadvisor.com, are 31 foods that are deemed to be dangerous for dogs. These include foods (and drinks) such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, alcohol, and chewing gum. Some other common foods dogs should avoid are corn on the cob, macadamia nuts, rhubarb, and avocado.
This website mentioned above also lists foods that are safe to share with your dog. These include fruits such as pineapple, watermelon, and strawberries, as well as peanut butter and cooked eggs.
What happens if my dog eats hummus?
As mentioned, one snack food with a bit of a question mark over it is hummus. Can dogs eat hummus?
Before deciding on an answer, let’s start by looking at what hummus contains. The key ingredients of hummus are chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.
The main component of hummus, chickpeas, is often used in dog food. The only potential issue is if the chickpeas aren’t cooked properly. This is unlikely to be a problem with hummus, cause it is usually made using tinned, cooked chickpeas. Dogs, like humans, can benefit from the nutritional quality of chickpeas.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein and fiber, They are also a source of calcium, B vitamins and folate. Some would argue that chickpeas are an eco-friendly food, which is something to be taken into account if you strive to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Primarily, this is because chickpea plants create their own fertilization by taking nitrogen from the air and into the soil
Olive oil is another major ingredient in hummus. In small quantities, olive oil is fine for a dog. However, if a dog ingests large quantities of olive oil, it might get diarrhea. In addition, if a dog is elderly or overweight, too much olive oil could increase the risk of canine pancreatitis.
Moreover, two of the ingredients used in making hummus stand out as being particularly hazardous to dogs.
Firstly, garlic can be toxic to dogs. Garlic is part of the onion family and contains a substance called thiosulfate. Unfortunately, thiosulfate can damage the red blood cells in dogs.
On this basis, whilst small amounts of garlic are unlikely to cause problems, some dogs might experience an upset stomach, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea. Eating garlic in large quantities can for the reasons mentioned above, be deadly to dogs.
You could argue, how likely is a dog to eat a lot of garlic? Rationally, not very likely. But we all know that a lot of dogs don’t have an “off” switch when it comes to food. If a dog came across a large quantity of hummus, such as a big catering tub that had been left unattended, the chances are they would eat it all. On this basis, some dog owners might argue that feeding your dog hummus isn’t worth the risk.
Another possible risky ingredient in hummus is salt. Like humans, dogs need some salt. Salt is essential for dogs, to regulate blood pressure, nerve and muscle function. A dog needs approximately 100ml of salt per 100 calories of food consumed. This recommended daily amount can easily be met by feeding your dog its usual dry or wet food.
If a dog eats too much salt, it can be very detrimental to health. For instance, if a dog accidentally eats too much salt, by helping themselves to a big bowl of salty crisps, they can usually counteract the effects of this by drinking lots of water. However, if a dog consistently eats too much salt, they are likely to have issues with dehydration and stomach upsets. Some foods are seen as potentially too salty to be suitable for dogs. These foods include crisps, cheese, and processed meat, such as sausages or bacon.
Can dogs eat hummus chips?
For this reason, if you’re snacking on hummus chips, it’s probably better not to share them with your dog. Although for many reasons they are seen as a healthier snack alternative, hummus chips typically contain around 13% of a human’s recommended daily amount (RDA) of salt per 30g serving. When comparing this to how much salt a dog needs, it’s clear that hummus chips are not a dog-friendly snack.
Lemon juice can also cause problems for dogs because it contains citric acid. Citric acid can cause tummy aches and discomfort for dogs. Some would argue that lemon juice is something that a dog wouldn’t naturally eat, so is best avoided.
Furthermore, if a shop-bought pot of hummus is topped with parsley, it could cause issues if your dog is pregnant or has problems with its kidneys.
It’s up to the individual, but I would personally argue that you shouldn’t give your dog shop-bought hummus.
Better treats for dogs
You could of course make your own hummus and change the ingredients radically to ensure that it’s canine-friendly. A suitable recipe would include just tinned chickpeas and tahini whizzed through a blender.
If you decide to leave eating hummus to humans and you are concerned about the nutritional quality of the treats you give your dog, you could look at natural-treats..co.uk. Here, you can order a large selection of meat-based treats, such as beef and vegetable gourmet sticks. Alternatively, if you want to give your dog more plant-based snacks, you could order these vegetarian, sweet potato treats from wildthought.co.uk. Either way, there’s lots to choose from.
Of course, if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen and you have some spare time, you might want to have a go at making your own homemade dog treats. A good starting point would be to invest in The Canine Cookbook. Available on Amazon, this book has lots of recipes to choose from, including sweet and savory, meaty, and non-meaty options.
In addition, there are lots of fun and easy dog treat recipes to be found online. The ukpets.com website blog contains inexpensive dogs treat recipes. For example, the “Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treat”, only requires three ingredients and could just as easily be enjoyed by humans. If you are looking for a more savory-based dog snack, you could try making the “Homemade Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Doggy Treat”. Again, this recipe only uses three ingredients, so is friendly on the purse and shouldn’t take too long to make.
Whatever treats you decide to give your dog (whether or not you decide to give your dog a bowl of dog-friendly homemade hummus), it’s important to be aware of the different nutritional needs that your dog will have during its lifespan. Puppies typically need a diet high in protein, whilst the energy requirements of dogs reduce during their later years. It’s important to avoid your dog getting overweight, as this can contribute to a wide range of health problems.
If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s diet, you should contact your local veterinary practice, which will be able to offer expert advice.
If you believe that your dog has eaten something that could be toxic to them, again you must get them medical attention as soon as possible.
In summary, can dogs eat hummus? As only two of the ingredients are suitable for dogs, I would argue that the answer is no. Let’s leave hummus as a human-only treat. There are plenty of other tasty treats that your pouch can safely enjoy.