Can I Give My Dog Curry?

Can I Give My Dog Curry?Curry has a wonderful flavor to it and many people enjoy this type of food. There’s even a healthy aspect, but its suitability for dogs is questionable at best. Should this Indian seasoning be off limits for canines?

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Spicy foods are generally inappropriate for dogs. Curry is basically flavorful seasoning which may not sit well in the stomach. You may enjoy such a meal, but your pet could have gastrointestinal problems later on.

Lots of owners give their dogs spicy foods, including curry, without incident. But make no mistake, vomiting and diarrhea aren’t out of the ordinary. Too spicy and puke ends up on your floor. Mild enough and you may notice loose stools.

Can I Give My Dog Curry? Answer: Not Recommended

A good rule of thumb when trying to decide whether a certain food is good for your dog or not is to compare it to dog food.

Dogs generally digest and process dog food pretty well, and you’ll notice right away that it isn’t the least bit spicy, or seasoned. It’s rather bland and has a uniform consistency. This is what your dog is used to if you feed them their daily diet of dog food. When you give them a food like curry it’s like throwing a wrench into a finely tuned machine.

We Say Withhold Curry

Most dogs will eat just about anything, especially a nice savory curry, and especially if it’s a meat-based curry, like chicken, lamb, or beef. You really have to be the gatekeeper and keep spicy foods away from your dog.

This is not to say that curry poses a serious health risk for dogs, the way chocolate can. Yet, it’s still not worth giving this food to Fido

Different Cultures & Curries

Depending on where you are in the world you’ll have different style of curries, so the spiciness will range from being very hot and spicy, to being more mild. Regardless of the intensity level of the spices used, you’ll want to avoid giving this to your dog because these spices can trigger digestive issues in both humans and canines if they’re not used to eating them.

Just Too Many Ingredients

There are many ingredients used in most curry recipes in addition to the spices. This means that there is a chance the curry could include other foods that aren’t good for your dog to consume.

If you do end up giving your dog people food, it’s best to give them simple foods where you know exactly what it is they’re getting. Most peppers are off limits but bell peppers are actually fine.

Certain fruits and vegetables are okay for dogs, but still aren’t necessary as long as they’re getting a quality dog food every day. At least when you feed them whole, simple foods you are

Accidental Ingestion

Sometimes it happens that your dog will eat a lot of curry accidentally, like if you leave a plate unattended, or they get into the pot. In these instances you should be aware that they will probably have a pretty big reaction to it, either in the form of puking most of it back up, or in the form of explosive diarrhea depending on how much they ate.

Other factors include how spicy it was, and what sort of additional ingredients were used including what type of vegetables it contained.

Conclusion on Curry

So even though there may be plenty of stories from dog owners that say they gave their dog curry and nothing happened, the general rule we like to follow is that if it isn’t doing your dog any good, why feed it to them? Dogs aren’t going to savor the robust flavors in the curry, and their stomach might get upset by it, so it’s best to just avoid it entirely.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.

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