Curry powder is a very popular ingredient these days! But did you know that “curry” is really a general term? The fact is that curry is a mix of spices that are sometimes used to make curry powder.
While many people love curry powder, is it safe for dogs? Can curry powder make your dog sick?
What is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is a powder that contains a mix of dried spices. It’s commonly used in Indian cooking but has now become a favorite around the world. Each powder will be different based on the ingredients used.
Some of the most common spices used in curry powder include:
- Ground ginger
- Dry mustard
- Ground black pepper
- Ground cardamom
- Cayenne pepper (or ground chilies)
Some recipes for curry may also include garlic, sugar, salt, and onions. It just depends on the specific recipe.
You and your family may enjoy curry powder, but is it safe for your dog?
Curry Powder & Dogs
Unfortunately, curry powder is not recommended for dogs. This is because some of the ingredients in curry powder are toxic to dogs (including garlic & onions). The other ingredients may be too spicy for a dog’s sensitive digestive tract. Dogs really don’t deal well with spicy foods. Though it’s important to note not all curry is spicy, even savory curry powder could contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
Symptoms Your Dog Has Eaten Curry Powder
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has ingested curry powder:
The severity of these symptoms will depend on how spicy the curry powder is, as well as the ingredients it contains. Be sure to read the recipe or the product packaging to check the ingredient list.
If you find the ingredients include anything toxic to your dog, it’s best to call the vet. Otherwise, diarrhea and vomiting may last about 24 hours. If they last longer, the problem is your dog could become dehydrated. For this reason, it’s best to call the vet and seek their advice on the next steps to help your fur baby.
The good news is that most dogs, after ingesting curry powder, will make a full recovery. Those who need medical treatment will also do well and should make a complete recovery.
Even so, we beat your canine companion may not want to go near curry powder after this experience!