Every dog owner has been there: this nauseating moment that they realize that their dog has eaten something that they probably should not have eaten. Although this awareness can be traumatic, it does not end horribly. A food that can put this reaction off is pickles. Can dogs have pickles? Are gherkins safe for a dog to eat, or if food is avoided as much as possible?
There are a couple of things to look out for when your dog gets into the pickles. One is that they have been cooked with – if they have been cooked at all – and sodium.
My dog ate a pickle. What are the big dangers?
Let’s start with cooking. Pickles by themselves are not necessarily the best thing for a dog to eat.
However, if the gherkins you are concerned about have been cooked with onions, do not give them the dog. Onions – and all cooked with onions for this matter – can give Heinz anemia body dog. This causes the bodies of Heinz – a part of the red blood cells – to break because the walls are thin if your dog has problems because of the unions, their urine will be dark in color.
Now that the big warning has been given, sodium makes gherkins usually a delicate food for dogs. They do not really need the extra sodium that marinades contain. While an occasional slice will not hurt, it is best not to give them to the dog on purpose.
Pickles in the dill also raised questions for this reason. In response to that, it would be best to skip the pickle and just give your dog dill – it helps with stomach aches – on an occasional basis.
If you are wondering why sodium makes pickles a food to avoid for your dog, watch for sodium on dog food. It will most likely be at or near one hundred percent of a necessary daily amount of sodium for the dog. Although the extra sodium will accidentally not hurt if it is occasional, sodium is not something the dog needs more than the recommended amount of.
If you really need to feed your dog a Pickle…
If you really want to give your dog a pickle, choose a sweet pickle. Some brands are spicier than others and the dog does not need all that extra spice. Remember the aneth, however, agrees from time to time as a spice alone.
Keeping the amount of pickle served small will keep damage to a minimum. Cutting it up is also recommended, but seriously – it’s not a daily food for a dog. However, it will not hurt them if they happen to take one or two slices of a picnic.
The best reason to limit Pickles
Reason for not giving pickles, other than sodium, to your dog is that they need a good balance of protein and calories. With the right balance – and that will change for every dog - your dog will be more energetic and have a coat that looks better than before.
Originally a dentist, Anna Strout has written for three years for pet and animal publications. Anna is also a historian who studies dog breed progression throughout the world, dabbles in animal law issues, and collects dog tales while traveling across the country with her husband and German Shepherd Dog, Luna. Anna kicks dust up dancing with Luna at home in Houston, Texas, where she teaches her obedience and tricks.