While you shouldn’t need to rush your dog to the vet if they eat a single hush puppy, that doesn’t mean dogs should eat hush puppies. There are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t give your dog Hush Puppies, which is a deep-fried treat high in fat and calories. We’ll go over some of those reasons for you here.
Not only that, but we’ve also come up with a list of treats that are perfectly safe for your pup that you can give them the next time they’re begging for table scraps!
The 6 Reasons Why Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat Hush Puppies
While a single hush puppy or two likely won’t kill your dog, there are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t give your dog any at all. With that in mind, you shouldn’t need to rush them to the vet unless they get into a massive tray or bowl of hush puppies and eat them all!
1. High in Calories and Fat
A 100g serving of hush puppy can contain 337 calories and have 13.5 grams of fat, which is far too much for your dog. These high fat and calorie content can lead to all kinds of problems for your dog, which is one reason you shouldn’t give your dog any hush puppies.
2. Oil and Sodium
To make a hush puppy, you need to deep fry it in oil. Oil leads to digestive problems for your dog since their bodies can’t process it. Not only that, but to make a hush puppy, there’s a lot of salt in the dough itself, and sometimes, people season them with even more salt! It’s all too much for your dog to handle safely.
3. Digestive Problems
This is by far the most common problematic thing that can happen if your dog eats hush puppies. These digestive problems can be small, but they can also be severe digestive problems that lead to lots of discomfort for your dog.
Pancreatitis is a problem your pup might experience if they continue to eat hush puppies and other human food over an extended period of time. They won’t develop pancreatitis if they just eat hush puppies once, but it can happen if it becomes a regular part of their diet!
5. Weight Gain
Even if you’re only giving your dog one hush puppy every once in a while, something you’re going to notice if they keep getting into them is weight gain. It’s a lot of calories in a condensed form, so your dog will overeat and pack on the pounds if they keep eating them.
6. Dangerous Ingredients
One of the most important things to consider when feeding your dog any kind of food at all is the ingredients. More often than not, hush puppies contain dangerous ingredients like onions and garlic. Both of these are toxic to dogs, so it is best to just avoid feeding them to your dog.
Safe Treat Options for Your Dog
Just because you shouldn’t feed your dog hush puppies doesn’t mean there aren’t any great treats you can’t give them when they come over begging for a snack. We’ve highlighted five great treat options you can give your dog here:
Both cooked and raw carrots have tons of carotene and other vitamins that are great for your dog. However, if you’re feeding your pup raw carrots, ensure you cut them up small enough so they don’t present a choking hazard for your dog.
Watermelon is a sweet treat your dog might enjoy on a hot day. Remove the seeds before feeding it to your dog, and don’t overdo it because of the higher sugar content. Still, dogs love it, and it’s mostly water, so it’s extremely hydrating for your pup.
You can give your dog either cooked or raw broccoli, but cooked broccoli is a little easier for your dog to digest. It’s high in fiber and has tons of vitamins. Just don’t add any seasonings, as these aren’t always good for your pet to eat.
Bananas are another sweet treat that your dogs can enjoy in moderation. They have tons of beneficial ingredients, but because they’re high in sugar, you don’t want to overdo it.
Strawberries have tons of vitamin C, which is a key nutrient for your dog. However, just like bananas and watermelon, it’s high in sugar, so you should only give your dog strawberries in moderation. Additionally, always ensure you completely remove the stem before feeding it to your dog.
Other Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog
As a general rule, you shouldn’t give your dog human food. But there are some foods that are worse than others for your dog, and we’ve highlighted five of them for you here. Keep these foods far away from your pet to keep them safe.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that you can find in many foods and toothpaste. While it’s fine for people, it can be extremely toxic for dogs, even in smaller quantities.
2. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts might not be the most well-known toxic food for dogs, but even a handful can make them extremely sick. It doesn’t matter if they’re raw or roasted, they’re all toxic for dogs.
Chocolate is probably the most well-known toxic food for dogs and for good reason. There’s theobromine, caffeine, and tons of sugar, all of which are extremely bad for dogs. Theobromine is in all types of chocolate, including white chocolate, so never give your dog any type of chocolate.
You see it all the time in cartoons: a dog chewing on a bone. But while it might be a common sight in tv shows and movies, it’s not something you should give your dog in real life. Bones can splinter, which creates a choking hazard, or it can cut or block parts of your dog’s digestive tract.
5. Milk & Dairy
Dogs are lactose intolerant, which means you should keep all milk and dairy products away from them. A little bit shouldn’t kill them, but it can make them extremely uncomfortable and leads to all sorts of digestive issues.
If your dog happens to eat a hush puppy or two, don’t panic but don’t make them a regular part of their diet either. They’re not toxic for dogs unless they have onions and garlic—and most probably do—but they’re far from good for them. Your dog relies on you to only give them foods they can handle, and you don’t want to betray this trust by intentionally giving them food like hush puppies!
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