As a dog owner you may have wondered to yourself from time to time if its okay to give your dog a pickle to eat. After all can pickles really be that harmful to your dog? Find out the answer to ‘can dogs eat pickles’ in this article by reading below.
Can Dogs Eat Pickles?
The short answer to the question is YES!
However you should read the longer answer below as well.
Pickles can be spicy and do contain a lot of salt and therefore can upset your dogs stomach so it isn’t the ideal treat to give to your dog.
A better alternative to give to your dog is a cucumber instead.
Normally you wouldn’t give your dog fermented foods and therefore giving your dog pickles is questionable at best.
You can give your dog a pickle without incident but at the same time they could possibly choke on it and it could upset their stomach and cause diarrhea.
Per 100 Grams
Total Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 1,208 mg
Potassium: 23 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 2.3 g
Protein: 0.3 g
Vitamin A: 3%
Vitamin C: 1%
Vitamin D: 0%
Vitamin B-6: 0%
Vitamin B-12: 0%
Are Pickles Good For Your Dog?
As you can see from the nutritional chart above pickles provide little to no nutritional value for yourself or your dog for that matter.
Pickles come from cucumbers that have been soaked in a briny solution of vinegar, assorted spices and salt.
A lot of people would rather eat a pickle over a raw cucumber because of the taste and flavor. Luckily dogs are not as fussy. And as such it would probably be better to give the cucumber to your dog instead of the pickle.
Having that said you should not have to worry too much if your dog snatches a pickle off the table as they will be fine. They may get an upset stomach but will be fine and should not require a visit to the veterinarian.
Preparing Your Dog For Pickles
If you are the type of dog owner who is not to strict and would like to have your dog try new treats and food then here are a few steps to prepare your dog first.
Make sure that you slice the pickles up into smaller bite sizes so that you can avoid having your dog choke on the pickle.
If you can rinse the pickle so the extra vinegar and spices come off the pickle.
Only give your dog a small portion of a pickle as you don’t want to over indulge your dog and give them a stomach ache with all the extra sodium and spice in their diet.
Can Dogs Drink Pickle Juice
You most likely wouldn’t drink the pickle juice from the jar so why would you consider feeding it to your dog?
This spicy, oily, and vinegary liquid would not bring any benefits to your dog so its best to throw it away and avoid this idea all together.
In general no matter how pickles are made they aren’t a good idea to feed to your dog on a regular basis.
Maybe as a once off you can feed your dog a pickle but there are no benefits besides the calories.
There are many other foods you can feed your dog that are a lot more healthy and wouldn’t have any side effects if eaten by your dog.
Can dogs eat pickles? Yes. But I would not recommend giving your dog pickles as it isn’t good for them.
There are so many other options to give to your dog to eat including cucumbers that would be way better for your dog in the long run.
Therefore maybe as a once off give your dog a pickle and see how they like it but make sure you do not give pickles to them on a regular basis.