Can Dogs Eat Hummus?
The best answer is no, don’t feed your pup that hummus you enjoy so much. But the answer could also be yes — follow along and I’ll explain.
Okay, this one is a bit more complicated than a straight yes or no.
So let’s look at the ingredients of a basic hummus recipe which includes chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, salt, lemon juice and garlic.
There are no weird words and we can pronounce most of them correctly, if not all.
It seems pretty straightforward and healthy — for humans, yes, that’s true.
Hummus is a relative easy-to-make treat that can provide lots of protein and healthy fats to your diet, but is the same thing true for your furry friend?
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Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas?
Chickpeas, also known as garbonzo beans: Yes, chickpeas are a dog-friendly legume packed with lots of great protein.
You’ll find that chickpeas are found in many dog food recipes to add fulfilling protein along with other nutrients your pup needs to be healthy and happy.
Tahini: Here’s another ingredient in hummus that is really good for dogs.
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds that you can feed your dog for an excellent source for vitamins your pooch needs while also providing a protein punch as well.
Olive Oil: Yes, olive oil can be a great superfood for your pup!
Not only will olive oil provide those monounsaturated fats that aid in heart health, but it is also known to aid in creating a healthier immune system.
Some studies even have found that olive oil contributes to brain and joint health which is so important for our senior dogs and any dogs who suffer from hip dysplasia, arthritis and osteoarthritis.
If these reasons alone aren’t enough to believe in the benefit of olive oil, take into account also that olive oil is an ingredient that not only keeps your four-legged friend healthy, but also helps her fur to maintain a natural shine and keeps skin from drying.
BUT… olive oil in excess is not good for pups.
Too much can cause diarrhea, vomiting and weight gain.
Salt: now we’re approaching the iffy territory of the ingredients in hummus.
Of course, salt is an essential ingredient in the health of our fur babies as it helps to maintain healthy cellular functions and aids in digestion.
But just salt intake for us humans, we really need to be careful about the amount of salty foods we are providing our pets.
Too much salt intake will cause dehydration leading to diarrhea and vomiting.
So, of course, if your dog eats a little salt, he’s okay, but we want to minimize the exposure to salt to keep our furballs healthy and happy.
Lemon Juice: is a no for our pups.
You may want to refer to our article on “Can Dogs Eat Limes?” for the full explanation about citrus and our canine friends.
Again, a small amount is not going to cause much problems, especially for a bigger dog, but citric acid in general is no bueno and can cause your pup to be in pretty bad stomach discomfort by disrupting the ability to produce gastric acids.
Garlic: Here is the biggest culprit of all of the hummus ingredients.
Garlic, as well as all other kinds of onions, is poisonous and toxic to dogs.
While a little may not harm your pup, it is hard to determine how much is too much.
Garlic contains thiosulfate which will damage your dogs red blood cells.
What About Hummus WITHOUT Garlic and Lemon Juice?
If you are determined to share hummus with your furry best friend, then by all means, seek out or make your own hummus that contains no garlic and no lemon juice.
Of course, these are two things that really contribute to the tasty flavor of the delicious treat, but if you want your hummus to be dog friendly, then you’ve got to sacrifice some taste.
The treat will still pack with lots of vitamins and nutrients, especially protein and your pup will likely still enjoy.
Wrapping It pUp...
It took us a while to get here, but the bottom line is that we need to avoid garlic and any ingredient in the garlic family as well as acidic foods like lemon juice.
If you can get around those, then enjoy hummus with your furry friend every day.