Ketchup is a condiment in many foods. Questioning its suitability for pets makes sense. It’s likely your dog sees this tomatoey sauce quite often. Let’s address it!
What’s odd about ketchup is we don’t question what’s actually in it. This popular food component is a recipe in itself. Learn more about it for your dog’s sake.
Ketchup is obviously mostly made from tomatoes. That’s not the top concern here. There are other ingredients in this condiment that are inappropriate for dogs.
Can I Give My Dog Ketchup? Answer: Best avoided, but unlikely dangerous
It’s not harmful, but avoid making a habit out of it.
Take time to find out exactly what’s in your ketchup. These supermarket products often contain a surprising amount of chemicals. Many of these ingredients are questionable for dogs.
Check the label and you make up your own mind regarding ketchup for your precious pet dog.
Ingredients in Ketchup
Besides tomatoes, commercial ketchup typically has cinnamon, onions, garlic, extra sugar and salt. Some of these ingredients are potentially harmful for dogs.
It gets worse. Most ketchups have other chemicals. Among them is xanthan gum which acts as a stabilizer, thickening the paste. You don’t want your dog eating that.
Weighing the Risks
In truth, it’s unlikely that a bit of ketchup will harm a dog. Too much, however, carries some risk. Certain ingredients may cause allergic reactions or even a condition known as hemolytic anemia.
You can’t know until a dog actually consumes some ketchup. So avoid sharing it, also known as catsup, with pets. At the very least, it’s a bad feeding habit.
Tomato Sauce Instead
We’ve covered tomatoes and consider pure tomato sauce a better choice for dogs. The reasons are obvious. It’s best to consume foods that are as natural as possible.
People view ketchup, Heinz for example, as just tomato sauce. This isn’t so. It may not matter much to a human stomach, but there are ingredients in ketchup that dogs shouldn’t eat.
Ketchup Packets Danger
Fast food ketchup packets have artificial ingredients and preservatives, not to mention unknown spices. What’s even more dangerous for dogs is the temptation to eat an entire packet, plastic and all!
Some people leave these ketchup packs laying around. When the family dog gets hungry, it shouldn’t be surprising when they try to wolf down a packet.
If that happens, get a vet’s help as soon as possible. In the meantime, watch over your dog for vomiting and/or signs of straining during defecation.
Mineral oil mixed into food may help to lubricate the bowels. It’s concerning if you don’t see ketchup packet(s) pass after several days.
Other Popular Condiments
Most condiments aren’t great for dogs, not only ketchup. The popular ones are mustard, mayonnaise, relish and salsa. These aren’t necessarily dangerous for dogs, but they aren’t healthy either.
Just like with ketchup, they’re loaded with spices. Being high in calories, very fatty they have no place in a dog’s diet.
Conclusion on Ketchup
Avoid feeding your dog commercial ketchup or foods containing it such as french fries, hot dogs or hamburgers. Be selective when sharing with your dog. Avoid chemicals and additives. Many ketchups contain bad ingredients. This condiment tends to go hand-in-hand with unhealthy foods. We don’t recommend this type of tomato sauce for dogs.