My Dog Ate Hot Sauce What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 02/02/21 •  3 min read
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Do you enjoy putting hot sauce on your food? Then we’re glad you’re here! Hot sauce can be a yummy addition to your food. For one thing, it can add flavor and some spiciness to bland foods.

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But if you have a dog, then you’ll need to read this article on whether or not hot sauce is safe for your fur baby.

What is Hot Sauce?

Hot sauce is a spicy sauce that was first developed in southern Mexico about 7000 BC. So, it’s been around for a long while! Hot sauce is made with chilies, which have medicinal value, as well as being tasty.

Hot sauce ingredients generally include vinegar, citrus juice (lime, lemon, or another fruit), chili peppers, salt, seasonings, and vegetables. One of the hottest sauces around is Sriracha. This hot sauce contains garlic, chili peppers, distilled vinegar, sugar, and salt.

While hot sauce is safe for humans, is it safe for your dog?

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Hot Sauce and Dogs

No, hot sauce is not recommended for dogs. For one thing, most dogs don’t really like spicy flavors. Hot sauce can also cause some digestive issues, which can include vomiting and diarrhea.

In addition, chili peppers (hot peppers) are not good for dogs. This ingredient can cause the digestive problems we just mentioned. And if the hot sauce contains garlic, that’s not good for your dog, either. Garlic is toxic for dogs. Some hot sauces also include onion, which is also a known toxin for dogs.

 What to Do If Your Dog Eats Hot Sauce?

If your fur baby happens to lap up a little drop of hot sauce, in most cases he’ll be just fine. However, if he ingests more of the spicy liquid, then he may experience digestive issues. In that case, you may want to call the vet and get their advice on how to care for your dog.

In most cases, you probably won’t need to head to the vet’s office. But definitely call the vet if you have any concerns, or if your dog develops worsening symptoms. It’s always better to be on the safe side by calling the vet.

In the future, avoid giving your dog any foods that have hot sauce in them. It’s just better for him without the sauce. If he seems keen on what you’re eating, then fix him a small portion that doesn’t contain the sauce. Then you can both enjoy the food together, without your fur baby getting sick!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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