My Dog Drank Italian Dressing What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 11/05/21 •  3 min read
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Do you enjoy luscious green salads with Italian dressing? Salads are very refreshing, especially when it’s hot outside! A salad can also be very healthy when it includes the right type of ingredients. But what about the Italian dressing? What if your dog eats Italian dressing? Dogs sometimes like to try what we’re having, including a salad with dressing. But can Italian dressing make a sick?

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Has your dog drunk Italian dressing? Are you worried the Italian dressing will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this.

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In this article, we’ve put together some information about Italian dressing and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Italian Dressing?

Italian dressing is a type of salad dressing, which is also sometimes referred to as a vinaigrette. The dressing is very popular in American cuisine and usually contains oil, vinegar (or lemon juice), sugar, herbs (may include oregano, basil, dill, salt, & pepper), along with garlic and onion. If you have cream Italian, then the ingredients can also include milk and stabilizers.

Italian dressing may be made at home from scratch or be prepared commercially. It’s interesting to note that the recipe for this dressing doesn’t really come from Italy!

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Italian dressing may be used in a number of ways, including as a salad dressing, a marinade, in stir-fries, on sandwiches, on pasta, and more.

While it can be a healthy dressing for pet parents, what about for dogs? Is Italian dressing safe for dogs?

Italian Dressing & Dogs

Italian dressing does contain some ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. These ingredients include oil, sugar, onion, and garlic. However, your dog would have to drink quite a bit of salad dressing to get sick. If your dog has one or two licks of Italian dressing, chances are he will be OK.

However, if he drinks an entire bottle of dressing, then he could become very sick.

Symptoms of Italian Dressing Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has drunk Italian dressing:

In most cases, these symptoms should not last longer than 24 hours. If they do, then it’s time to call the vet. Repeated bouts of diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration.

The good news is that your dog should make a fast recovery if he ate too much Italian dressing! As always, prevention is the best medicine. So, be sure to keep Italian dressing away from your dog. Don’t leave salads or other foods left unattended, or your fur baby may try to help himself!

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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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