So you are a relishing Hummus ( the Arabian dish ) with great delight and you see that the dog is looking at you. But wait? Are you sure that your dog can consume Hummus? Did you manage to look at the ingredients? You probably have an idea that the main ingredient of Hummus is garlic and yet you’ll feel it okay to give hummus to your dog? Stop right there.
Hummus is mainly made with Chickpeas, Garlic, Tahini, and Olive oil as its main ingredients. All these ingredients are toxic to dogs and therefore dogs can’t consume Hummus.
Hummus would make a pretty healthy and nutritious meal for dogs if it did not have any garlic or lemon juice. Garlic and lemon juice are the main reasons hummus is dangerous for dogs and needs to be avoided to keep your dog in a healthy and happy condition.
On a general note – dogs cannot consume hummus.
The Killer Ingredients of Hummus – Garlic
Garlic can be extremely harmful to a dog. Some dog breeds can be more sensitive to garlic than the other species and can get severe diseases and more intense side effects.
Japanese Dogs are less tolerant of garlic consumption. For instance! If you have an Akita or Shiba Inu, then you should be extra careful with garlic.
The Threat of Garlic
Garlic induces long-term damage to your dog that can shorten their lifespan. Some of the major dangers of garlic in hummus are:
Garlic contains Thiosulfate, a chemical that can be life-threatening to dogs as it is one of the main chemicals that causes Anemia.
Hemolytic anemia is a disease that causes your dog’s immune system to malfunction, leading it to attack the red blood cells in the system.
The condition causes quick depletion of red blood cells in your dog, which gives rise to several other health problems. Such as loss of appetite and exhaustion. This is because it also affects the liver; anemia causes an excess of hemoglobin in the liver, which then needs to be broken down by the liver.
Anemia will make your dog feel very disoriented because of the low oxygen levels that their brain receives due to a lack of red blood cells needed to deliver it. Anemic dogs will find difficulty breathing at a normal rate and may also face severe weakness in their body.
Anemia is not the only health problem caused by garlic toxicity. Hummus also causes gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, which can be very irritating and exhausting for your dog and cause an overall lower level of nutrients and energy left in them.
GI disorders can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration, which will generally put a constraint on how many nutrients and energy your dog can retain in their body.
Can dogs get hemolytic anemia and GI Disorders with even a small amount of hummus?
Hemolytic anemia and GI upset are severe cases and will only occur if your dog consumes a significant amount of hummus with a lot of garlic in it. This means that hummus cannot be fed to dogs as it has a significant concentration of garlic in it.
If you can prepare or purchase hummus that is free of garlic or has only a small amount of it, it may be safe to give it to your dog. But it would help if you were still careful about the consumption.
As a Simple Guide, How Much Garlic is Safe in Hummus Depends on:
Your Dog’s Body Weight
You will only face harmful damage to your dog’s immune system if you feed them anything near or above 15-30 grams per kg body weight. However, this amount is only derived from a small-scale study done on only a few dogs. Many other experts say that only a single garlic clove is enough to intoxicate your dog. Because the effects and intensity are highly dependent on the body weight, you should completely avoid giving any amount of hummus made with garlic to small dogs.
The concentration of garlic
If your hummus is nearly garlic-free or only contains a small amount, it may be safe to consume for a big or mid-sized dog. However, it would help if you only gave garlic and lemon juice-free hummus to small dogs.
Period of Consumption
If your dog is eating hummus in very small amounts (with really low garlic concentrations) and only once in two or three months, it might not pose any serious threat to their health. It would help if you did not purposely start feeding hummus to your dog. It’s still best to avoid it completely to be on the safe side.
Why Lemon juice in Hummus is threatening to Dogs?
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can cause stomach pain. A dog’s abdomen is not as tolerant of lemon juice as of humans. Because it is extremely acidic, it can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. Lemon juice is also infamous for causing an imbalance in PH levels in dogs.
Are all ingredients in hummus harmful for dogs?
Other than Garlic and Lemon juice, other ingredients are not so great or even beneficial for your dogs, such as Olive oil or Coriander. But that does not mean that hummus in itself is an evil to be avoided. The majority of the contents of hummus are pretty harmless (and even nutritious for a dog).
The Good in Hummus – Chickpeas
Chickpeas make up most of the contents of Hummus, which makes 80-90% of the Hummus dog-friendly. But of course, that’s not how foods work, and because the garlic is combined somewhere and sticking to the chickpeas, it makes the whole dish harmful and toxic for a dog.
You can mash and soften some chickpeas separately and prepare it for your dog. The pure chickpeas will look identical to the hummus that you are having and will trick your dog into thinking that you’re both having the same meal!
Can I give hummus to my dog without anygarlic and lemon juice?
Yes, but! Hummus also has many other ingredients in small amounts that can be too heavy for a dog. And also, the absence of garlic and lemon juice will not be as appealing to your dog because of the absence of any taste or distinctive flavor. To make the perfect hummus for your dog, consider trying the recipe below.
A Dog-friendly Hummus for a Yummy Treat
You can always prepare hummus that is completely safe for a dog to consume. The majority of this depends on eliminating the problematic garlic and lemon juice.
You can use a simple recipe to make a dog-friendly hummus that is not only harmless but also nutritiously valuable and a tasty treat for your dog.
To get started, put 1 can of chickpeas, 2 tablespoons of cold water, 4 tablespoons of tahini, one tablespoon, cumin powder, and only a small splash of olive oil in a blender together and blend it to the level of consistency that your dog loves.
What if My Dog Accidentally Consumes Hummus?
It all depends on the amount consumed. If they accidentally ate a little bit of hummus, it should not be very concerning. You especially don’t need to worry about it if the amounts of garlic and lemon juice were really small.
However, if you accidentally left a full plate of hummus on the table and it is ALL gone now. Whether any symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or an excessive drooling surface or not, you should still consult a vet immediately. They should be able to examine any hidden damage and to control it promptly.
Don’t focus on the symptoms
You might be relieved to find that there were no reactions to the hummus, but that does not ensure anything. Your dog can show absolutely no symptoms of the damage, but they might still retain long-term, internal, and hidden damage to their blood cells or their liver.
No symptoms can also mean that the reaction is more covert and needs to be properly examined. It would help if you considered getting your dog tested for Hemolytic Anemia or Heinz Bodies (which is what causes Hemolytic Anemia).
Treatments for any Reactions
After consumption, keep some mild medications at home in case any mild reactions do occur. For example, any electrolyte fluid replacement can be given to your dog to help them replenish their lost minerals in case they become dehydrated or have diarrhea.
Go to the vet for the appropriate medication for any gastrointestinal disorders or stomach pain that your dog is facing.
In severe damage cases, where the chemicals in garlic have caused the red blood cells to deplete quickly, your vet may also start oxygen therapy.
What can I give to my Dog instead of Hummus
If your dog loves to eat hummus, and it’s hard for you to keep them away from it, you can always try similar meals that are identical to hummus in both the taste and texture. One alternative that you can try is mashed chickpeas and carrots.
Carrots are a great way to enhance the flavor and texture of a simple meal. Chickpeas have already been discussed above as a harmless and nutritious ingredient in hummus.
Chickpeas are also highly protein-packed, which makes them a healthy meal for your dog. Moreover, they are high in vitamin A, which is good for your dog’s eye health, Vitamin B, and C, which boost the immune system.
Hummus is not potentially beneficial for the dog because of the inclusion of garlic and lemon juice. However, there are harmless ingredients as well that include chickpeas and vitamins.
There is a way to make a healthy snack of hummus for your dog without the addition of garlic and lemon. But most of all, it is imperative not to feed hummus to your dogs.