A favorite condiment for humans, horseradish gives everything from steak to deviled eggs an extra kick and boasts some potential benefits for people. The root vegetable may protect against cancer, improve respiratory health and possess antibacterial properties.
We want our pups to live long and healthy lives, so it’s only natural to wonder if giving them a bit of horseradish with their regular diet could help them.
Can dogs eat horseradish?
Technically, yes, dogs can have horseradish, but you’ll want to file giving it to them under, “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
“I do not recommend giving your dog horseradish,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack, DVM, CVA, CVCH of Animal Acupuncture. “Most dogs don’t enjoy spicy foods, and it can cause gastrointestinal upset and irritation of the mouth, nose, throat and digestive system.”
Vets don’t use horseradish to treat anything either, but if you want a second opinion on whether or not it’s OK to intentionally give your pup any, consult with them first.
What happens if my dog eats horseradish?
If you accidentally drop a piece of steak with horseradish on it on the floor, chances are, your dog will be fine. It’s not toxic like other foods that dogs might help themselves to, such as chocolate or grapes. But lookout for signs of gastrointestinal discomforts, such as diarrhea, as well as allergic reactions.
“Keep an eye on your pet after they consume horseradish,” Dr. Barrack warns. Stomach issues and allergic reactions could happen shortly after consumption. “Allergic reaction signs could include diarrhea, vomiting, hives, itchiness, swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids or earflaps and sneezing.”
If you think something is wrong, call your veterinarian to schedule a check-up to rule anything out. Should you want to feed your dog some of your favorite foods, opt for something like pumpkin, avocado or oranges instead.
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