Has your dog eaten some mustard? Are you worried that mustard could make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll take a look at mustard and its ingredients, along with whether or not mustard can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Mustard?
Mustard is a very popular condiment used on a wide variety of foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and so much more! Mustard green and honey mustard are also sometimes used in cooking various dishes. It has a tangy flavor that many people love.
This condiment comes in many varieties, with bright yellow mustard being one of the most commonly used. Mustard may contain the following ingredients (depending on the type):
- Lemon juice
- Garlic powder
- Other liquids
- Mustard seeds
When it comes to dogs, some of these ingredients are problematic. For instance, garlic is toxic to dogs. Horseradish and paprika are also not good for dogs.
Another problem is the mustard seeds, which we will discuss further now
What are the Possible Symptoms if My Dog has Eaten Mustard?
Mustard seeds contain glucosinolates, which are toxic to dogs. These substances can make your dog vomit, have diarrhea, nausea, and other digestive problems such as gastroenteritis.
- Nausea (can be shown by lip smacking and dribbling)
- Tender/sore tummy
Dog’s digestive systems are very sensitive to toxic compounds. The side effects of ingesting mustard may be very serious and potentially fatal. Abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and even death can occur if the dog ingests a large amount of mustard. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog has eaten mustard. Your veterinarian will be able to offer individual advice for your pet.
The primary concern is that mustard can cause ulcers in the dog’s stomach and intestines. Ingesting even small amounts of mustard can cause serious damage to the digestive tract of a dog.
Can Dogs Eat Mustard?
The answer is no. If your dog eats a very small amount of mustard, such as a small amount left on your plate from a sandwich, generally this is not enough to cause toxicity or stomach problems. However, eating larger amounts can cause problems such as those listed above.
There are many types of mustard, including mustard powder. It is recommended that your dog does not get to eat any of them, as they can all cause stomach problems and toxicity in dogs.
What Should I Do – My Dog Ate Some Mustard?
If your furry friend has eaten a large portion of mustard, then it is recommended to contact your veterinarian immediately. They will be able to give you advice and guidance on what to do next for your pet.
Depending on several factors, including your pet’s individual size and how much mustard they have eaten, your vet may recommend an examination in the clinic.
Your veterinarian may recommend a blood test, medications to help protect their stomach, and also possibly a cannula to give your pet intravenous fluids (putting them on a drip) to help them recover from eating the mustard.
Seeking prompt medical attention from your vet will give your pet the best chance of making a good recovery and get them home to you feeling much better!