My Dog Ate A Burger Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 04/02/21 •  3 min read
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Has your dog eaten a burger? Are you worried the burger may make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at burgers and whether they’re safe for dogs. Then we’ll take a look at what you may need to do if your dog has eaten a burger. Let’s get started!

Hamburgers Are Yummy!

Hamburgers are a very popular meal choice, whether they’re cooked at home at the grill or bought at the local hamburger joint. What makes hamburgers so good?

For one thing, the meat used to make a hamburger can be enticing. Burgers can be made from all types of ground meat, including ground steak. You can imagine that ground steak would taste pretty good no matter what!

But can dogs eat a burger?

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Hamburgers & Dogs

Are burgers safe for dogs? The answer is it depends. When it comes to plain hamburger meat, dogs can safely eat it with no problem. As long as the meat is plain, a hamburger once in a while can be a healthy treat.

However, a hamburger with a bun, condiments, and vegetables could make a dog sick. The reason is that some condiments and vegetables are toxic to dogs. Veggies that dogs should not eat include garlic and onions. Some burgers may also contain cheese, which is high in fat. What’s more, some dogs are lactose intolerant, while others are allergic to dairy.

Another problem with burger meat is that it tends to be high in fat. This is another problem for dogs, as a meal that’s high in fat can lead to a medical problem called pancreatitis.

What Happens if a Dog Eats a Burger?

If a dog eats an entire hamburger, he could become sick. The chances of a problem go up with the hamburger has other toppings and condiments on it.

Your dog may show these symptoms if he gets sick from eating a hamburger:

These symptoms may indicate your dog has developed pancreatitis, which means it’s time to call the vet. Pancreatitis is painful, and if left untreated, can lead to death.

If you’d like to serve your fur baby a hamburger treat once in a while, that’s OK. Just make sure the meat contains no other ingredients and is free of condiments and toppings. Your canine companion can safely have a small part of the hamburger, but not more. And be sure to only make this a treat that’s given to your dog once in a while. This way, your fur baby will stay healthy and happy!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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