My Dog Ate Tartar Sauce What Should I Do?

By Kim •  Updated: 01/08/22 •  2 min read
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Dog Ate Tartar Sauce

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Many people love to eat seafood with tartar sauce. The popular condiment can also be enjoyed on others foods, too! However, what happens if a dog eats tartar sauce?

Has your dog eaten tartar sauce? Are you worried the tartar sauce 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 put together information about tartar sauce and whether it can make dogs sick. Let’s get started!

What is Tartar Sauce?

Tartar sauce is a condiment that’s often served with seafood and other dishes. The sauce has a rich, creamy taste and texture. It’s most often made with mayonnaise, pickles, capers, lemon juice, and herbs (may include tarragon & dill).

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The flavor of the sauce can vary, depending on the recipe. However, most people say it has a tangy flavor, which pairs well with their favorite seafood!

While we can safely eat tartar sauce, what about dogs? Can tartar sauce make a dog sick?

Tartar Sauce & Dogs

Unfortunately, tartar sauce is not good for dogs. If your dog has a lick or two of tartar sauce, chances are he will be OK. However, the condiment contains mayonnaise, which is high in fat. Too much fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs, which can lead to death if not treated.

The rich sauce can also cause stomach upset in dogs. And if all of this isn’t enough, tarragon is toxic to dogs.

Symptoms of Tartar Sauce Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten a lot of tartar sauce:

If your dog shows any of these symptoms, he could have pancreatitis. You need to call the vet now. This is an emergency.

Depending on the severity of pancreatitis, it may be necessary for them to be hospitalized for a few days. The goal of treatment is to calm the pancreas down and give the dog anti-inflammatory medication and possibly antibiotics. It’s also possible your dog could have an IV for fluids and make it easier to administer medications.

The good news is that dogs who develop pancreatitis can make a good recovery. The key is to get them treatment as soon as possible. Your dog’s life may depend on it!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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