Is Ketchup Bad for Dogs?

As boring as it may be, there are tons of posts on this site about human foods that dogs can eat.  Of all the different foods on here, nothing has a greater chance of being paired with something else.  Ketchup is everywhere, that’s why it’s important to know whether or not it’s bad for dogs.


So, can dogs eat ketchup?

No, dogs should not eat ketchup.  It’s full of sodium, onion, garlic, sugar, and preservatives.  This should in itself be enough to discourage you from actively giving your dog ketchup on purpose.


What if your dog already ate ketchup?

If your dog already ate ketchup, it’s by no means the end of the world.  A little bit is not going to bother them at all.  If they ate a lot you may wish to monitor them for a few hours.  Of course, if you for any reason feel like your dog is in pain or having a negative reaction to anything, it’s a good idea to go ahead and call the vet.

Any time that a dog eats something that goes against their normal dietary routine there is a high likelihood that they may become irregular.  As a precautionary measure, you should take them out more frequently than you currently are.



Don’t feed your dog ketchup.  Ketchup is typically found on a lot of other foods that are bad for dogs such as onion rings, fries, brats, and all sorts of other bad food.  It’s full of spices and preservatives that aren’t good for a dog.