Hummus is a savory dish made with cooked chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. Are all of the ingredients in this dish safe for dogs? Dogs can’t stop eating that dish because it smells so good. They eat first and then smell. However, this does not imply that food that smells good is also healthy. Have you ever wondered if what your dog eats is healthy? Can dogs consume hummus? Is it safe for the dogs to eat? The answer is both complicated and straightforward. When any food is consumed in moderation, it never causes harm. A small amount of hummus is also safe for dogs. Make sure your dog only eats it once in a blue moon and in small amounts.
Why Aren’t Dogs Allowed To Eat Hummus?
As previously stated, eating a small amount will not cause any problems, but if your dog consumes the entire bowl of hummus, it may pose a serious threat. Not all of the ingredients are harmful; in fact, some are necessary for their bodies. The ingredients are as follows:
- Chickpeas: Chickpeas contain a variety of nutrients, including protein, fibre, iron, and zinc, which aid in the prevention of chronic diseases in humans. It protects humans from diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and gut flora. Chickpeas in a can will not harm your pet in any way. That is why most people prefer to feed their dogs plain hummus, which contains only a trace of olive oil and a trace of salt. Chickpeas are also beneficial to dogs because they provide protein, fibre, folate, magnesium, and other nutrients. This does not imply that you feed him only chickpeas all day.
- Tahini: Tahini is a sesame seed oil. It will also cause no harm to your dog. It actually aids in the reduction of cholesterol and blood pressure in dogs. It meets their bodies’ requirements for fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It’s not a bad idea to sprinkle some tahini on their food now and then.
- Lemon Juice: This is the ingredient that can be harmful to dogs and cause a variety of problems. Chickpeas are a great source of fibre and protein, making them healthy, but they are dipped in lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Lemon juice is not good for dogs because it contains citric acid, which destroys the red blood cells in their bodies. It can cause a variety of issues, ranging from organ damage to toxicity throughout the body, and in extreme cases, it can result in death. Lemon juice, for example, is not good for dogs. So, keep in mind that you can include this in any of your dog’s diets. If your pet accidentally consumes lemon juice, go to your vet or a nearby hospital right away.
- Garlic: The main ingredient in dog-toxic hummus is garlic. Just say the word “garlic” as soon as you hear it. You don’t even need to consider giving garlic to your pet. Garlic is difficult for dogs to metabolise, and they cannot do so in the same way that humans can. It is a nightmare for the dogs trying to metabolise the sulphate, which humans have no trouble with working through their bodies with the help of red blood cells. Anemia develops quickly in their bodies. Symptoms may include: v Significant weakness and lethargy v Rapid breathing and difficulty moving v Yellowing around the eyes v Really dark, almost black coloured urine.
Have you ever found your dog vomiting and having diarrhoea after just a small bite of garlic? You’ll be surprised to learn that only about 15-30 g of garlic is required to cause these kinds of health problems in your dog.
What Happens If A Dog Eats Hummus?
If your dog consumes a large amount of hummus, it is extremely harmful to his health. If your dog consumes an excessive amount of hummus, a number of things will occur. First and foremost, there will be an overflow. As you’ve probably noticed, when you pour more water into a glass than it can hold, it overflows, right? Similarly, if your dog consumes too much hummus, his stomach will expel it from his body. It is not uncommon for dogs to vomit after consuming unnecessary and undesirable food. Obviously, the lemon juice and garlic in hummus will work their magic, and it won’t be a big deal if your dog also suffers from diarrhoea. It all depends on your dog’s sensitivity level, as all dogs and their bodies are unique. Some dogs will be able to eat a lot of hummus without it negatively affecting their health. Others can’t even stand the smell of garlic, so eating them is a big deal for them. It may also result in garlic poisoning. At the end of the day, expect your dog to struggle as the hummus works its way through their digestive system. If you don’t want your dog to go through such ordeals, steer clear of this type of food.
In short, chickpeas and tahini may not cause many issues, but lemon juice and garlic in hummus are toxic to dogs. Anything should not be done in excess so that it causes future harm. If your dog consumes too much hummus, look out for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, yellowing eyes, loss of appetite, and so on. Consult your veterinarian right away, or go to a nearby hospital. Why go through all that trouble when you can simply avoid this type of food that contains harmful ingredients?
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I am a pet lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. Currently, I have two budgies Kiwi & Koko as pets, and planning to adopt a pup soon. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.