Can Dogs Eat Butter? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

Butter isn’t toxic to dogs but that doesn’t mean it’s safe for dogs to eat. A small amount of butter is unlikely to make a dog sick but making butter a regular part of a dog’s diet isn’t a good idea due to its high fat content.

How much butter is bad for dogs?

This will depend on a number of factors such as the dog’s body weight. For example, a medium to large-sized adult dog is likely to be okay after eating a teaspoon of butter but the same can’t be said for a puppy or a dog of a smaller-sized breed.

Generally speaking, there is little-to-no health benefits in feeding butter to dogs so we would just keep it out of your dog’s meal plan altogether. Dogs that eat too much butter may end up with a mild stomach upset. Dogs that eat butter frequently may end up with long-term health risks such as pancreatitis and obesity.

Can butter give dogs diarrhea?

Yes, it’s possible for butter to give dogs diarrhea and other digestive-related problems like an upset stomach or vomiting. This, in particular, can happen with dogs that have sensitive stomachs. If your dog accidentally ate a large amount of butter, we would watch over the dog carefully for the next few days and make sure the dog is getting access to plenty of clean water. Generally speaking, a trip to the vet for these kinds of cases is unnecessary unless your dog is starting to show serious symptoms.

Additional dangers with butter

The above guidance is under the assumption that your dog ate plain butter. These days, butter is sold in a lot of different varieties. For example, you have salted butter, unsalted butter, and butters that are mixed with ingredients like garlic. Some of these varieties can be extra dangerous for dogs. Salted butter, for example, is not healthy for dogs as there is only so much sodium a dog’s body can handle.

Want to know what else is not healthy for dogs? View our human food for dogs list to see what human food is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat in moderation.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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