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    Can Dogs Eat Nutmeg?

    December 09, 2022 | 3 min read

    Updated December 09, 2022


    Published: December 8, 2022
    Updated: February 16, 2023

    Summary: Is nutmeg bad or safe for dogs?” In this blog, we’ll learn whether dogs can have nutmeg and if it hosts any benefits for our canine friends too... 


    Can Dogs Have Nutmeg? 

    Unlike the spice cinnamon which is considered a sort of sister spice to nutmeg, nutmeg isn’t recommended for a dog to consume. 

    In very large quantities, nutmeg can actually have a psychotropic effect on humans and lead to hallucinations – and the same can happen to a dog. In canines, large quantities of nutmeg can also lead to abdominal pain and seizures too. This is because nutmeg contains myristicin – a naturally occurring compound that acts as an insecticide (so it repels and wards off insects).  

    If your dog has licked up a little bit of nutmeg from your kitchen floor there shouldn’t be too much to worry about, but it’s best to avoid it altogether and stick to safer, more beneficial spices like moderated amounts of cinnamon or ginger.  

    a metal grater lies to the left of a light wooden surface next to two partially grated whole nutmegs. 7 whole untouched nutmegs sit to the right in a small white bowl

    If your dog has managed to consume a sizeable amount of nutmeg, they may become disorientated, vomit or develop muscle tremors. If you see any of these signs and suspect your dog has consumed nutmeg, they need to see a vet immediately. Home remedies will not suffice.  

    Fall and winter are popular times of year to use spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Why not check out these wintery, festive canine-friendly recipes you can spoil your dog with this season?  

    Further foods that are known to be toxic to dogs can be found in our PetLab Co. Guide below: 

    a blue and white infographic detailing which foods are known to be toxic to dogs


    Author Reisen, Jan “Can Dogs Eat Nutmeg?” American Kennel Club, Oct. 04 2022  

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