My Dog Ate Salsa What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 01/06/23 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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Many pet parents love salsa, and what’s not to love? Salsa makes a great side dish, a snack and more. But what happens if a dog eats salsa?

Has your dog eaten salsa? Are you worried the salsa 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 salsa and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Salsa?

Salsa is a type of relish or chutney that originally came from Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Today, salsa is popular all around the world! It can be made at home or commercially. It’s often used as a dip for tortilla chips and can be an ingredient in other dishes.

Salsa usually contains the following ingredients:

These can be the main ingredients; however, they can vary depending on the specific recipe.

While salsa is safe for humans, what about dogs? Can salsa make a dog sick?

Salsa & Dogs

Unfortunately, salsa can make a dog sick. The problem is that salsa contains ingredients that can be toxic for dogs, including onion and garlic. In addition, chilis and jalapeños can cause digestive issues in dogs.

If a dog eats a small amount of salsa, he may be OK. In that case, he may experience nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. But if a dog eats much more, he could become very sick.

Symptoms of Salsa Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats salsa:

If you notice these or other symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Treatment of Salsa Ingestion in Dogs

Treatment depends on your dog’s symptoms and their severity. However, the vet may try to induce vomiting or use activated charcoal to decontaminate your dog’s system. Your fur baby may also require an IV for fluids and to administer medications. And if a dog has breathing difficulties, he may also need supplemental oxygen.

For dogs that primarily have digestive issues, the vet will treat these symptoms with medications to stop these issues, such as diarrhea and vomiting. They will treat other symptoms as they arise.

The prognosis is best for dogs that receive prompt medical treatment after eating salsa. A dog that’s eaten a small bit of salsa should be OK, even if he develops some vomiting and diarrhea. For dogs that eat a large amount of salsa, most will make a full recovery if they receive treatment ASAP.

In the future, it’s best to keep salsa out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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