Many pet parents enjoy eating alphabet soup! It’s fun to eat and make words in the soup as you eat it. It is a bit like playing a word game as you eat your soup! If your dog sees you eating soup, he may come over and try to get into your bowl for his fair share. But what happens if your dog eats some alphabet soup? Can alphabet soup make a dog sick?
Has your dog eaten alphabet soup? Are you worried alphabet soup 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 alphabet soup and whether it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Alphabet Soup?
Alphabet soup is a type of soup that contains pasta shaped like letters. This soup can be homemade or store-bought alphabet soup, such as Campbell’s Condensed Vegetable Beef soup, and may include the following ingredients:
- Beef stock
- Seasoned beef
- Green beans
- Toasted barley
- Modified food starch
- Yeast extract
- Tomato paste
- Dehydrated onions
- Caramel color
- Beef flavor
- Hydrolyzed yeast protein
- Hydrolyzed soy protein
- Citric acid
- Beef fat
- Hydrolyzed wheat gluten
- Celery extract
- Garlic extract
That’s a large number of ingredients! But can store-bought or homemade alphabet soup make a dog sick?
Alphabet Soup & Dogs
Unfortunately, canned or homemade alphabet soup is not safe for dogs to eat. The good news is that if your dog eats a small amount of the soup, he should be OK. However, there’s a chance a larger amount of this soup could make your dog sick.
The problem is the ingredients in both homemade and store-bought alphabet soup. Let’s take a look at store-bought canned soup. It contains a large number of ingredients, some of which are not good for dogs. These include onion, garlic, artificial flavors, preservatives, MGS salt, and more.
Homemade soup made with natural ingredients can still make a dog sick. The problem is found in onions and garlic, which are both toxic to dogs.
Dogs that eat alphabet soup could develop digestive issues or even pancreatitis.
Symptoms of Alphabet Soup Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats alphabet soup (store-bought or homemade):
- Lack of appetite
- Abdominal pain
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Alphabet Soup Ingestion in Dogs
Treatment depends on the vet’s diagnosis. The vet may try to induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the toxins from your dog’s body. In this case, your dog should feel better very soon.
If the vet diagnoses your dog with pancreatitis, treatment may include pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and medications to control vomiting and diarrhea. The vet may also prescribe antibiotics if they believe there’s also an infection.
Most dogs will need to be hospitalized until they’re in stable condition.
The prognosis is best for dogs that receive prompt medical treatment after eating alphabet soup. In the future, it’s best not to allow your dog to eat alphabet soup. You’ll both be happier for it!