Do you enjoy arugula? If so, you’re not alone! Many pet parents love the taste of this leafy green! You may have noticed that your dog also begs for arugula. Your dog may even help himself to arugula when you’re not paying attention! But is it safe for a dog to eat this veggie? What happens if a dog eats arugula?
Has your dog eaten arugula? Are you worried the arugula could 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 arugula and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Arugula?
Arugula is a leafy green that’s often included in spring salad mixes. Many people love this veggie for its peppery taste. Arugula is related to the cabbage and mustard greens family. You may sometimes hear arugula referred to as rocket, rucola, or roquette. Like other leafy greens, arugula can be eaten as a salad, used as a pizza topping, and more.
Arugula is a healthy leafy green that contains the following nutrients:
- Vitamins A, C, K
While arugula is safe for humans, what about dogs? Can dogs eat arugula?
Arugula & Dogs
The good news is that dogs can safely eat arugula that has been washed and is plain. That’s the good news.
On the other hand, dogs should not eat too much arugula, as it may cause GI upset. In addition, the leafy green should be plain and not in a salad. The problem here is that salads may contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs, including garlic & onions.
Symptoms of Arugula Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten arugula:
These symptoms may last between 12 and 24 hours. If they last longer, it’s best to call the vet. Persistent diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration in dogs.
In addition, if your dog has eaten arugula in a salad that contained toxic ingredients (such as onion & garlic), we recommend calling the vet for their advice.
Treatment for Arugula Ingestion in Dogs
The vet may treat your dog with medications that stop diarrhea and vomiting. If your dog is dehydrated, they may also give him an IV with fluids to rehydrate your fur baby.
The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating arugula! In the future, it’s best to only feed your canine companion a small amount of arugula to avoid GI upset. You’ll both be happier for it!