Can Dogs Eat Hummus? The Risks and Dangers

Can dogs eat hummus? Find out in this comprehensive article that discusses the potential risks and dangers of feeding hummus to your furry friend.
Can Dogs Eat hummus?

No, dogs should not eat hummus that contains garlic as it can be harmful to their health. While hummus is a popular and healthy dip enjoyed by humans, it is not suitable for dogs due to ingredients like garlic, onions, and other seasonings that can be toxic to them.

Risks of Feeding Dogs Hummus

Feeding your dog hummus containing harmful ingredients can lead to various health issues, including:

Garlic Toxicity

  • Anemia
  • Weakness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Onion Toxicity

  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Gastrointestinal irritation
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Other Potential Risks

  • High salt content leading to excessive thirst, dehydration, and sodium ion poisoning
  • Gastrointestinal upset due to spices and seasonings

Signs of Toxicity in Dogs

If your dog has consumed hummus containing harmful ingredients, watch for the following signs of toxicity and consult your veterinarian immediately:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite

Safe Alternatives to Hummus for Dogs

Instead of hummus, you can offer your dog other healthy treats that are safe for canine consumption, such as:

  • Plain, cooked vegetables (e.g., carrots, green beans, or sweet potatoes)
  • Fresh fruit (e.g., apples, bananas, or blueberries)
  • Plain, cooked lean meats (e.g., chicken, turkey, or beef)
  • Dog-safe nut butters (e.g., peanut butter without xylitol)

Making Dog-Friendly Hummus

While it is not recommended to feed your dog traditional hummus, it is possible to make a dog-friendly version at home. To do so, start by mashing up cooked chickpeas and mixing them with tahini paste. You can also add in some mashed avocado or other dog-friendly fruit puree for added flavor and nutrition. Just be sure to skip the garlic and any other seasonings that may be harmful to your dog.

Portion Size

It is important to keep portion size in mind when feeding your dog any type of human food. A small amount of dog-friendly hummus can be a tasty and healthy treat, but it should not make up a significant portion of your dog's diet. Stick to a small spoonful as an occasional treat, rather than a regular part of their meals.


While hummus is a nutritious and delicious snack for humans, it should not be fed to dogs due to the high risk of toxicity from garlic and other potentially harmful ingredients. Instead, consider offering your dog safe and healthy alternatives, or make a dog-friendly version of hummus without the harmful ingredients. Always consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog's diet.

Medically Reviewed by Saba Afzal, DVM, RVMP

Saba is a clinical veterinarian dedicated to delivering accurate and updated knowledge to pet owners. Her expertise is in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pets Animal Management and handling, and training.

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