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It can be hard for people to realize that food they consider safe and healthy isn’t healthy for their dogs. However, this is the case since the digestive systems of dogs and humans are very different. Ingredients we consider safe and healthy can be toxic and deadly to our furry friends. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know what your dog can and can’t eat. In this article, we will talk about hummus. Can dogs have hummus? Is hummus safe for dogs? What are the alternatives for hummus?
Keep reading to find answers to these questions.
What Is Hummus?
Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip that became popular across the globe. A typical hummus is a mix of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Hummus is extremely healthy for human beings since it contains most of the nutrients, minerals, fiber, and vitamins our bodies need. It’s an excellent option for people on a vegan diet and those who want to lose weight.
Can Dogs Have Hummus?
No, dogs shouldn’t eat hummus since it contains ingredients that can be toxic to them or make them sick if ingested in larger quantities. Let’s check the individual ingredients to better understand why typical hummus is not a great option for our furry friends.
Dogs can eat chickpeas without any issue. Chickpeas offer many benefits to dogs. They are rich in fiber, protein, Vitamin A, B, C, minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and folate.
Garlic is the biggest reason why hummus is not safe for dogs to eat. Dogs’ digestive system works differently than ours. For example, dogs have difficulty metabolizing thiosulfate. Therefore, thiosulfate is toxic to dogs. It damages and destroys red blood cells in dogs causing hemolytic anemia. Unfortunately, garlic and other members of the allium family contain thiosulfate.
Therefore, garlic is not safe for dogs nor should dog ever eat it. However, studies have shown that the dog would need to eat 15 to 30 grams (0.529 oz to 1.05 oz) of garlic per kilogram of bodyweight to feel the negative impact and experience symptoms of poisoning and hemolytic anemia.
If we take into account that an average clove of garlic weighs between 3 and 7 (0.1 oz and 0.25 oz)grams, it becomes clear that your dog would need to eat a lot of garlic to become ill. However, some dogs are more sensitive than others, so it’s best not to take any chances.
Tahini is a popular paste made from ground, toasted sesame seeds. It’s mostly used as a dip or as a condiment in a variety of dishes. Dogs can safely eat tahini in moderation. It’s not toxic to our furry friends. In fact, tahini is rich in many nutrients that are beneficial to dogs such as protein, fatty acids, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, manganese, sesamin, and sesamolin.
However, dogs may have some issues digesting tahini since their digestive system is not suited to digest seeds.
We know how healthy lemon juice is for humans. It’s rich in Vitamin C, supports the digestive system, immune system, heart health, and helps with weight loss. However, lemon juice is not good for our dogs. Lemon juice is not toxic to dogs, but it’s extremely acidic which can upset a dog’s stomach.
A dog may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness in response to highly acidic lemon juice.
Olive oil is very healthy for both humans and dogs. It reduces inflammation, prevents diabetes and cardiovascular disease, improves the health of the coat and skin, and boosts the immune system. However, you need to be careful how much olive oil you give to your dog. The recommended dose is one teaspoon of olive oil per 20 pounds of body weight per meal. Too much olive oil can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and weight gain. Also, it’s very rare, but some dogs may be allergic to olive oil.
What To Do If My Dog Accidentally Consumed Hummus?
If your dog ate some of the hummus left on the plate, don’t worry. Generally, a small portion of hummus won’t cause serious health issues. However, if you notice your dog is vomiting, nauseating, experiencing abdominal pain, or drooling, it’s time to visit the vet.
Is There A Dog-Friendly Hummus?
Yes, you can buy or make hummus without lemon juice and garlic. This would be a healthy snack for your dog. However, you still need to follow the 10% rule. Hummus is a tasty treat, and treats shouldn’t make more than 10% of the dog’s daily diet.
How to make hummus for your dog?
Basically, you need to add all the basic ingredients that go into making the traditional hummus, except lemon juice and garlic.
These are the ingredients you need:
- 4 tabelspoons of tahini
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of cold water
- 1 tablespoon of cumin powder
When you have all the ingredients ready, simply blend them in the blender, and you have your dog-friendly hummus.