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Can Dogs Eat Mustard?

Can Dogs Eat Mustard

Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant. The benefits of eating mustard to humans are many, like it contains Vitamin K, which plays a vital role in keeping your heart healthy. It also helps keep your bones healthy and helps your body clot blood for the proper functioning of the heart. The deficiency of vitamin K can lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis. Therefore, there is a certain quantity of mustard that needs to be consumed by humans. But is it similarly important for dogs also? The answer is obviously no. 

Mustard contains mustard seeds that are not toxic but can harm your pet if given above a certain limit. Be a savvy owner and avoid feeding these harmful food items that can cause problems related to stomach upset to your dog.

Mustard seeds can cause gastric problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, and gas leading to dehydration. If your dog happens to consume just a tiny bite of the condiment mustard, it won’t create any problem. Your rowdy pet may not eat mustard naturally, but if accidentally mustard or mustard seeds fall from your hands on the floor, then he will lick it. Also, if he is given mixed with his favorite food, he will eat it even if he doesn’t like the taste of mustard. However, you should still keep a watch on your pet if he has ingested any amount of mustard seeds, mainly if he has any digestive issues or other health-related issues.

Can Mustard Kill Your Dog?

The answer depends on the amount of mustard ingested by your pet. If your canine has eaten just a little bit of mustard, then there is no need to worry. If still, you are concerned about the severity, it’s recommended to check him regularly for 48 hours on a safer side. You should prevent your dog from dehydrating by fulfilling his water needs at a regular interval. If your pet has ingested more than a certain limit, you should immediately rush to the local vet. Any carelessness or delay can snatch your dog from you forever. Mustard can even kill your dog if consumed in a considerable amount and that too regularly.

What are the symptoms that you need to watch for?

After ingesting mustard, your dog will experience specific side effects related to the gastrointestinal system, which are as follows:

  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

See, if you notice any of the above signs, it’s recommended to consult your vet or rush to the nearby hospital immediately. Or you can also call on the Pet Poison Helpline number, which is readily available on google, and Pet poison controllers are available 24 hours for all the 7 days of the week.


Let’s sum up everything. Mustard and even mustard seeds necessary for good human health can create a risk of being sick for the dogs. But there is something good about it also that you don’t have to worry if your dog licks some condiment mustard off the floor. Still on the safer side, do not forget to monitor him closely in case of any side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas, or any other. There is good news also, have you heard the name of a delicious dish called mustard greens made from the leaves of the mustard plant. This is okay for your dog to have these as long as you cook them first. So, you can enjoy this delicious dish with your pet by sharing the leaves as long as they are not coated in something that could harm him or make this delicious dish an unfit dish for him

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Anuja Saxena

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.