Hummus has exploded in popularity over recent years. It’s certainly the dip of choice in most households, but can you share it with your pooch?
Hummus’ main ingredient is chickpeas, which are considered safe for a dog to consume in moderated amounts. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that hummus is safe for canines…
Can Dogs Eat Hummus?
No. You shouldn’t feed your dog hummus. And whilst chickpeas aren’t the problem in hummus, the other ingredients in this tasty dip like oil, salt, and garlic flavorings can be a big concern for our hounds.
Lemon juice, salt, and garlic pose a major problem to your dog’s health and are very present in hummus. Garlic can be toxic in large amounts, and can result in gastrointestinal distress or even poison them. Too much salt can desperately dehydrate a dog and pose a threat to their wellbeing and lemon juice can irritate their tummies too.
While a large breed may get away with a lick of hummus spilled on the floor, smaller breeds may not be so fortunate when it comes to hummus.
That said, tahini – the paste made from sesame seeds that’s counted as another primary ingredient in hummus – is OK for dogs to eat as well as oils (like rapeseed and olive) that go into the dip. However, hummus contains heavy amounts of oil, and oil feeding should be strictly moderated in dogs otherwise they’re vulnerable to unnecessary weight gain which, in turn, can be very detrimental to a dog’s overall health.
As for chickpeas, if they’re tinned with water and plain, as long as they’re soaked and cooked thoroughly, they can have a spoonful or so of these in moderation as a treat – just not if they’ve been turned into a dip!
Author Miller, Andrew MRCVS “Can Dogs Eat Hummus?” Pure Pet Food https://www.purepetfood.com/help/can-dogs-eat-hummus