Can dogs eat gravy?

This dog blog will answer the major question, “Can dogs eat gravy?” We will also talk about the health hazards of consuming gravy, the different types of gravy, and how to manage your dog when he eats a lot of gravy. 

Can dogs eat gravy?

No, dogs cannot eat gravy. Gravy is high in fats, salt, and seasonings like onion and garlic which is not healthy for your dog to consume. There are different types of gravy that your dog may or may not consume. 

What are the potential risks of consuming gravy for your dog? 

Following are the potential risks of consuming gravy for your dog:

High salt

The first is the high amount of salt content, which can lead to dehydration, sodium ion poisoning, and high blood pressure problems in your dog. It can also cause kidney problems in your dog.

High-fat content

The next problem is the high amount of fat content in it which can upset the stomach of your dog if consumed in large amounts. Consuming large amounts of fat for a longer period of time can lead to obesity, heart diseases, and pancreatitis in your dog. 

Seasonings

The next problem is the seasonings like onion and garlic which are toxic for your dog. Onion and garlic can cause red blood cell lysis leading to a shortage of oxygen in the body. Severe anemia can lead to organ failure and the death of your dog.

Xylitol

Some commercially available gravy has artificial sweeteners in it such as xylitol. Xylitol is safe for you to consume and control unhealthy weight gain in humans but is not safe for your dog. Xylitol can lower the blood sugar level below the threshold and can cause a collapse of your dog due to hypoglycemia. 

Wheat

Some gravy has wheat in it which can prove unhealthy for your dog. Wheat has gluten and some dogs are sensitive to gluten. They are not able to digest gluten or can only partially digest gluten. Make sure you do not give this gravy to your sensitive dog. 

What are the different types of gravy? 

Following are the different types of gravy:

KFC gravy

Dogs cannot eat KFC gravy. KFC gravy has a high amount of salt content which is not healthy for your dog. They add all kinds of chicken scrap into the gravy which makes it high in fat and unfit for your dog. 

Bisto gravy

Bisto gravy is low in sugar, fat, and salt but is still unfit for your dog because it has seasonings like onion and garlic in it which is toxic to your dog. We have already discussed why seasonings are toxic for your dog. 

Gravy granules 

Gravy granules are not safe for your dog to consume. They have low fat and high salt content. You can give a small amount of gravy granules to your dog if you dilute it so that it doesn’t have a high amount of salt content relative to water content. 

Marmite gravy

Marmite gravy is also not safe to offer to dogs because it has a high amount of salt content in it. High sodium content can cause sodium ion poisoning which can cause nervous signs like tremors, coordination, and imbalance in your dog. 

What steps should you take if your dog consumes too much gravy? 

The first thing is to check what ingredients your commercially bought gravy has. If it has toxic ingredients such as xylitol and onion garlic you should immediately take your dog to the vet. 

If it doesn’t have any toxic ingredients and only has ingredients like salt and wheat, then you should give plenty of water to your dog so that the body can tolerate and excrete the extra amount of salt from the body. 

After that, you should look for the clinical signs or any abnormal behavior in your dog. If you do see some clinical signs, visit your vet and get your dog checked by the vet. 

How can you make a dog-friendly gravy at home for your dog? 

You can make a dog-friendly gravy at home for your dog by using broth and meat such as chicken or beef. 

You can take chicken broth or beef broth and use a thickener in it. The thickener should be safe and shouldn’t have any unhealthy ingredients in it. 

It is better to boil chicken in the broth and serve your dog without any added salt, seasonings, or preservatives. 

Preservatives are not healthy for your dog to consume because they are toxic and are not properly processed by the body. 

Conclusion

In this brief discussion, we answered our important question, “Can dogs eat gravy?” we also talked about the health hazards of consuming gravy, the different types of gravy, and how to manage your dog when he eats a lot of gravy. 

References

https://www.wikihow.com/Thicken-Broth

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/can-dogs-eat-gravy

https://www.purepetfood.com/help/can-dogs-eat-gravy

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