Can Dogs Eat Mustard?

With summer on the horizon, we’re all gearing up for our favorite feasting pastime:  barbecuing! With nearly 75% of American adults owning a grill, it’s guaranteed your pooch is going to come across some tasty outdoors grilling at some point this season, like hot dogs and hot dog buns.  With condiments of all types in easy reach, do you need to be concerned if your dog gets their paws on some tangy mustard?

Is it safe to give my dog food with mustard?

Mustard is simply made in terms of ingredients, with most mustards only containing things like vinegar and a variety of seasonings like paprika, turmeric, and garlic powder.  With the exception of Garlic Powder, there are no ingredients in mustard that are toxic to dogs. Garlic Powder however, is used in such a small amounts that your dog would need to eat multiple bottles to experience garlic toxicity.

Isn’t garlic, an ingredient of Mustard bad for dogs?

Garlic in its whole form is bad for dogs, but garlic powder has low risk of danger to dogs in small amounts (and mustard has very small amounts).  Even if your dog decides to indulge in a bottle of mustard, they’re unlikely to experience any side effects other than some mild stomach upset–and maybe some yellow paws!

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