Some dogs will eat almost anything, especially if they see their pet parents eating it! Pet parents are leaders of the pack and are obligated to share most foods with the rest of the pack. At least, this is how a dog may see it! So, if a dog sees their pet parent eating agar, they may want to try some, too! A dog can be stealthy and help himself at times! But what happens if a dog eats agar?
Has your dog eaten agar? Are you afraid the agar will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about agar and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Agar?
Agar is a jelly-like substance that comes from red seaweed. This substance is a mix of carbohydrates that is extracted from red seaweed and can be used in many ways. For instance, agar is often used in cooking, as a filling in sizing paper & fabric, used to thicken soup and more.
While agar is considered to be safe for humans (when used as directed), what happens if a dog eats it? Can agar make a dog sick?
Agar & Dogs
Thankfully, agar is not toxic to dogs. It’s sometimes used in dog foods and is considered safe in the right amounts. However, it is possible for a dog to get into a package of agar and eat too much.
In that case, it’s possible the dog could develop vomiting and diarrhea.
Symptoms of Agar Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten agar:
These symptoms may last between 12 to 24 hours. If they last longer, it’s a good idea to call the vet. Persistent diarrhea and vomiting can cause a dog to become dehydrated.
Treatment of Agar Ingestion in Dogs
The vet may treat your dog with medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting. And if your fur baby has become dehydrated, the vet may give him an IV with fluids to rehydrate him.
In case a dog is allergic to agar (rare, but it can happen), the vet may treat your canine companion with antihistamines to control allergy symptoms. In some cases, a dog may need corticosteroids to reduce allergy symptoms. And in rare cases, it is possible that a dog could develop an anaphylactic reaction to agar. The vet would then use epinephrine to stop the reaction.
The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating agar! In the future, it’s a good idea to keep agar out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!