Can Dogs Eat Pickles?

Posted by Christy Caplan
Dogs Eating Pickles

A few pickles may be harmless but pickles are not a great snack for your dog. Pickles really shouldn't be given at all as the ingredients for the pickling solution are comprised of vinegar, salt and assorted spices.

So, it's actually the ingredients like salt that can cause issues.

The Dogs Health Blog also confirms that even though some styles of pickling include fermentation, which results in probiotic growth, there is no benefit for your dog.

What are pickles?

Pickles are cucumbers that have been preserved in a salt-water brine along with vinegar and other spices, which is where the high sodium content comes from. 

Go with cucumbers instead.

Are pickles safe for my dogs to eat?

Onion and garlic can cause your dog to become very ill. Many pickling enthusiasts will use these types of ingredients that will send your pup right to the vet.

The American Kennel Club explains that in addition to the spices, the high sodium content can be especially problematic for dogs with an underlying medical condition, possibly leading to bigger problems down the line.

"Dr. Fox adds that consuming a large amount of sodium in a short amount of time can also cause side effects such as excessive drinking, vomiting, diarrhea, ataxia (loss of balance), and seizures."

Symptoms of salt poisoning

If you feed your dog numerous pickles and are concerned about possible GI upset you should look for the following symptoms.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors
  • ​Seizures
  • Stumbling or lack of coordination
  • ​Abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body
  • Excessive thirst and urination

What about pickle juice?

Dog's Health Blog confirms what we already know! Pickle juice is even worse than a few pickles.

"It has everything in it that your dog shouldn't be having, that means all the spices, juices, salt content, and oils that could cause the adverse reaction. Never give pickle juice to your dog. Pour it down the drain if you want to get rid of leftover pickle juice."

There are plenty of alternatives to pickles!


Try kale! Our doxie loves his veggie mash and you can make a topper in your blender or just find something at the local pet store like Green JuJu.

Your dog's diet should never consist of sweet pickles, dill pickles, pickle slices or even pickled cucumbers. Pickles for dogs just shouldn't be on the menu.

The sodium levels could skyrocket if they got into a jar of pickle juice.

Human food can be just fine to give your dog but try a cucumber instead or veggies that have some health benefits. You don't want to create an upset stomach, or worse, hemolytic anemia. Low-calories snacks are the best way to go. Look for food like apples (skip the core) or blueberries which won't result in health issues.

What snacks do you feed your dogs? Please leave a comment below!

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