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

It’s not safe for dogs to eat anything pickled or fermented including sauerkraut and dill pickles. The simplest recipes of sauerkraut usually don’t contain ingredients that are considered toxic to dogs but may still be unhealthy to your pooch in other ways.

The basic ingredients of sauerkraut typically include cabbage and salt. Other recipes may include more ingredients and seasonings depending on how people like their food flavored. For dogs, the main problem with sauerkraut is the salt. A decent amount of sodium can be used to make this dish and dogs are susceptible to sodium poisoning if they have too much of it.

Dogs and other household animals that are fed a salt-heavy diet will start to exhibit symptoms ranging from mild to serious, including vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Most dogs will probably be fine if they accidentally eat a small amount of sauerkraut but anything more may require a trip to the vet.

Please keep in mind that the above warning is only based on the most basic version of cabbage sauerkraut. Some recipes may actually be dangerous as they may include ingredients that are toxic to dogs like garlic and onion.

For other food tips, please do check out our database of human foods that are safe for dogs to consume. We offer recommendations for other fermented or pickled dishes such as kimchi and pickles.

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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