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

As a general rule of thumb, we wouldn’t let your dog eat fortune cookies and other similar snacks. The fortune cookies you buy from the store or get from Chinese takeaways may not be considered “toxic” to dogs but that doesn’t mean these cookies are healthy for them either.

Why fortune cookies are bad for dogs

Fortune cookies are really simple to make. The main ingredients include flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil. In moderation, these ingredients aren’t that dangerous to dogs but they also don’t offer any great health benefits. You could consider fortune cookies empty calories.

Feeding your dog too many fortune cookies may reduce your dog’s urge to eat his regular dog food which would be where the dog would get all the important nutrients. In some cases, the sugar content of fortune cookies may also cause mild digestion problems in dogs, especially those with a sensitive stomach.

It’s also important to note that some fortune cookies may contain an ingredient toxic to dogs, such as xylitol. The packaging of fortune cookies doesn’t always make that explicitly clear so we would err on the side of caution and not let your dog have a bite. This also applies to other popular cookies including oreos and sugar cookies.

What to do if your dog ate a fortune cookie

A trip to the emergency vet is usually not necessary unless your dog somehow ate a whole bag of fortune cookies or is showing immediate signs of poor health. You may, however, want to watch over your dog a bit more carefully if this is the first time your dog ate processed snacks.

In addition to fortune cookies, there are other types of human foods you should avoid giving to pets. Check out our human food for dogs database for an extensive list of what dogs should or shouldn’t eat.

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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