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Can Dogs Eat Cookies? Are Cookies Safe for Dogs?

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By Emma Stenhouse

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Some of our dear dogs think it’s their sole responsibility to watch us like a hawk as we bake up a batch of cookies. And if your back is turned and they happen to snatch a freshly baked cookie off the counter top, or your helpful toddler decides to grant your dog’s wish by dropping a chunk of cookie on the floor, should you be worried?

If you’re trying to figure out if cookies are safe for dogs, the short answer is, it depends on the type of cookie. While no cookie actually contains anything beneficial for your dog, some may contain ingredients that could be toxic in large quantities.

Here’s what you need to know about cookies and dogs.

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Cookie Ingredients

Most cookies contain ingredients like butter, sugar, and flour. While none of these are dangerous or toxic for your dog to eat, they’re not exactly healthy for them either.

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Some Cookie Ingredients That Can be Toxic to Dogs

While some cookies don’t contain any ingredients that are inherently harmful to dogs, others do. Some of the most popular cookie ingredients can be poisonous to your dog.

Toxic ingredients to look out for include:

  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Nutmeg
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Xylitol (in peanut butter)

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and if your dog has eaten a cookie containing other ingredients, you can check to see if it’s toxic using the Pet Poison Helpline’s list of poisons.

What to Look Out for If Your Dog Has Eaten a Cookie

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Our dogs are usually pretty resilient when it comes to digesting something they shouldn’t have. If your dog has only eaten a small piece of plain cookie, then their digestive system will probably process it just fine. But you should keep a very close eye on your dog and call your vet if they show any of the symptoms below:

  • Diarrhea
  • Increased body temperature
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Seizures
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Increased urination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting

If your dog has eaten a cookie containing any of the toxic ingredients we’ve listed above, then call your vet immediately.

Cookies and Diabetic Dogs

If your diabetic dog has snatched a sugary cookie off the counter or been fed one by an unsuspecting guest, it’s best to call your vet and ask their advice about the additional sugar your dog has eaten.

How to Stop Your Dog Eating Cookies

If your dog is on a mission to get their paws on those tasty cookies, you may need to take some action to make sure that your cookies stay as far away from your canine’s mouth as possible!

If you’re cooling cookies on the counter, try to keep the door closed, or make sure your dog is in another part of the house. Never leave cookies on the counter unattended if there’s any chance that your dog might dash in there when you’re not looking.

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Keep cooled cookies in an airtight container, far away from your dog’s reach. High shelves in the pantry, on top of the refrigerator, or in a cupboard that your dog can’t access are all safer places than leaving cookies on the counter under a napkin or tea towel.

Dog-safe Cookies

If your dog gives you those puppy-dog eyes when you’re baking or eating a cookie, the good news is that you can bake them a dog-safe alternative that they can eat at the same time!

You can make easy cookies for your dog using the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural (xylitol free) peanut butter, canned pumpkin, or sweet potato puree
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all the ingredients well before rolling out the dough to a thickness of around ½ inch. Cut the dough into strips, or use shaped cookie cutters.

Place the strips or shapes on a baking tray, and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

Once cooled, let your dog try one and see what they think! You can keep these in an airtight container for around a week or pop some into the freezer and defrost as needed.

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Wrapping It Up

Sadly for dogs, cookies don’t contain any beneficial ingredients for them. You should never intentionally feed your dog any type of cookie. Some cookies do contain ingredients that can be toxic for dogs, like chocolate, raisins, and macadamia nuts. If your dog eats a cookie containing a toxic ingredient, we recommend calling your vet and asking for their advice.

Depending on how much or many cookies your dog ate, your vet may ask you to monitor them at home or bring them into the veterinary surgery for treatment.

It’s always best to keep cookies well out of reach of your dog, as well as warning kids and visitors that your dog shouldn’t be fed cookies, no matter how cute they look!

The good news for dogs that love cookies is that you can make them their very own, dog-friendly cookies using some easy to buy ingredients.

That way, you can all enjoy sitting down to eat some cookies together, without worrying that your dog is eating something they shouldn’t!

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