Why Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Condiments Like Ketchup and Mustard

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Dogs shouldn’t eat condiments like ketchup and mustard or any foods that may contain them such as hot dogs. These condiments contain ingredients that are either toxic or unsafe for dogs to consume.

Why ketchup is bad for dogs

Regular ketchup isn’t considered to be toxic to dogs but does contain ingredients that can be harmful to a dog’s health if too much of it is consumed. The harmful ingredients include preservatives and the high sodium content. A lick or two is unlikely to cause much harm but it can definitely get dangerous if a dog was to somehow eat a whole jar of ketchup.

Why mustard is bad for dogs

Condiments like mustard are a definite no-no because they contain naturally-occurring compounds, such as glucosinolates, that are toxic to dogs. These compounds can make your dog really sick and make them suffer from conditions like gastroenteritis.

These days, ketchup and mustard comes in all sorts of variety. Some of them may contain additional ingredients that are toxic to pets, such as onion and garlic powder.

Aside from these condiments, there are many other foods that dog owners should be cautious of. Check out our full list for more information on what is and isn’t safe for pets.


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