Is Ketchup Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Did you know that the average American consumes 71 pounds of ketchup every year?  While it’s certainly a popular condiment among Americans (particularly children), our canine counterparts love this tasty treat as well.

Is ketchup dangerous to dogs?

In most popular brands of ketchup, there aren’t any ingredients that can be toxic to dogs.  The average ketchup simply has tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and a variety of seasonings, including onion powder.

But I thought onions were bad for dogs!

The amount of onion powder found in ketchup isn’t anywhere high enough to be cause for concern, even if they eat large amounts.

What can I expect if my dog eats ketchup?

If your dog happens to consume ketchup, you likely won’t notice anything other than a newfound penchant for being interested in your food!  However, if your dog eats a large amount of ketchup or even depending what the ketchup was on, you can expect some potential stomach upset.  This should resolve on its own without any intervention necessary.

A note about natural ketchup:

A lot of ketchups boasting “sugar free” ingredients are often sweetened with a sugar-replacement like xylitol.  It’s important to note that xylitol is highly toxic to dogs, with consumption potentially leading to kidney damage.  If you have any “natural” ketchup, ensure your bottles and any foods covered in this ketchup are stored away from dogs–especially if your pup is sneaky and likes to steal food from the table.


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