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Can Dogs Eat Curry? Is Curry Safe for Dogs?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Curry is one of the most wonderful dishes out there. It’s jam-packed with flavor and gives off the most tempting aroma. However, should your dog eat curry?

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Absolutely not.

While curry is a wonderful cultural staple for many humans around the globe, this is one dish your doggy should steer clear of. Curries are filled with so many different herbs and spices, not to mention they range from quite mild to exceptionally hot. It’s these ingredients that can make them very dangerous for your dog to eat.

Some of the most common ingredients in curry include garlic, onions, chilies, salt, sugar, and turmeric — most of which are very unsafe for your dog to consume. However, one of them can have some pretty neat benefits. Read on for all the details.

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Dangerous Ingredients in Curry for Dogs

Curries often have a meat base and are supplemented with different healthy root vegetables or leafy greens. And it’s not those ingredients that have too much of an effect on your dog. It’s the seasoning agents that do real damage.

Garlic & Onions

Both garlic and onion belong to the family allium which, while rich and flavorful for humans, are very toxic to dogs. That’s because they contain a compound known as thiosulfate. Thiosulfate is harmless to people; however, it can cause severe oxidative damage to the red blood cells of your canine.

Ultimately, thiosulfate damage can result in hemolytic anemia. If your pup begins to suffer from this anemia, you may see them having difficulty breathing or experiencing general weakness and lethargy. Minor symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and dehydration.


Chilies are a very adventurous ingredient for humans. However, they can be an absolute nightmare for your pooch. They aren’t blatantly toxic for them like onions and garlic, but the punch they pack acts doubly when it comes to discomfort.

The chemical that makes chilies spicy is called capsaicin. And it can be an extreme irritant—especially in some of the spicier curries. After consuming, your dog may experience a roller coaster ride of emotions and physical feelings. They may become scared and chase down their water bowls looking to put out the fire in their mouth. Others will simply whimper and whine at the pain they are feeling. Either way, you should keep chilies away from your pup’s mouth.

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Dogs (and humans too!) need sodium as part of a healthy lifestyle. However, they don’t need too much. In fact, our salty snacks—such as chips and pretzels—can overdo it for your pup. And curry often contains much more salt than those examples.

Eating excessive amounts of salt can lead to some pretty scary side effects in your pooch. The first sign they’ll exhibit is that they’re overly thirsty. You’ll see them drinking everything they can as they start to dehydrate. They may begin to grow weak and start vomiting. Finally, your pup may go into seizures. It’s best to just keep them away from salty foods altogether.


Sugar is another commonly added ingredient in curry which can be damaging to your dog. Although it isn’t as immediately dangerous as the others we’ve mentioned here, it can have powerful long-term effects.

Consuming too much sugar can lead to your dog developing diabetes or becoming obese.

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Is There a Healthy Curry for Dogs?

With all that’s bad with curry for your dog, there is one saving grace — and that’s turmeric. Turmeric is a major ingredient in most curries, and it’s one of the most power-packed components on the planet.

It’s full of healthy antioxidants that help keep your dog’s immune system in tip-top shape, minimize heart disease, and offer tons of anti-inflammatory benefits.

So, if you’re looking to give your pup a special “curry” treat, give them a sprinkling or two of turmeric now and then. It won’t hurt them in the slightest and will give them a nice healthy boost.

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Keep Curry Out of Reach

As you can see, it’s too risky to let your pup eat curry. Even the health benefits provided by the turmeric are quickly superseded by all the other ingredients. It’s best that you just keep this delicious dish all to yourself.

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