Is toast and Vegemite or Marmite good for dogs?
Vegemite on toast can be tasty but is not safe for dogs. This type of spread contains a high level of sodium which may result in severe health conditions if used as a treat to canines. Although one or two teaspoons couldn’t endanger your furry pet, it is still not recommended to make this a part of your dog’s diet.
What is Vegemite and Marmite?
Vegemite is an Australian food spread that has thick and brown characteristics. It is mainly made from leftovers brewer’s yeast extract with additives. This spread is slightly bitter, malty, and extremely salty hence not advisable to become part of a dog’s diet since dogs only need a small amount of sodium so they cannot tolerate a lot and may result in kidney failure. Vegemite is more intensely astounding than Marmite.
Why is Vegemite not good for dogs?
You may have heard that Vegemite is very nutritious as it contains B vitamins and folate, but it actually provides harmful effects to dogs because it is incredibly salty. One teaspoon or 5 grams of Vegemite already has 165 milligrams of sodium i.e., 65 milligrams more than the suggested daily sodium allowance for a medium-sized dog. However, this spread is not toxic to dogs unlike vegetables or herbs under the Allium genus but it isn’t good for your dogs either.
Can I give a portion of my Vegemite sandwich to my dogs?
A thin layer of vegemite in your toast is not toxic to dogs. Yet it is still best if you avoid feeding your dogs with this type of spread as it contains a high sodium level. Your pet already has enough sodium from his regular diet so feeding him/her with vegemite may lead to sodium ion poisoning that will put extra stress on your dog’s kidney.
What would happen if my dog ate Vegemite accidentally?
Accidents may happen especially that dogs would likely to eat anything he/she came across the floor. But what if he ingested a sandwich filled with vegemite? Well, a small amount of vegemite isn’t really toxic for dogs thus there’s no need for immediate panic. However, if your dog accidentally consumed a large quantity of this spread, he/she may suffer from excessive thirst, frequent urination, kidney issues, and worst, sodium ion poisoning. His/her body cells will start to release water in order to even out the sodium level which will create a very dangerous imbalance. It will cause the muscles to unpredictably react to excessive water loss, jerking, convulsion, coma, and severe neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and seizures. In worst-case scenarios, some dogs may even face death that is why it is important to properly monitor your dog’s diet as frequently as possible.
What should I do if my dog consumed vegemite?
The best thing to do once your dog consumed a large amount of vegemite is to go directly to your veterinarian for appropriate treatment. But if you want to take some first aid then it is advisable to provide plenty of water to your canine pup.
Is Marmite a better treat to dogs than Vegemite?
Neither spread is good for dogs. Both are extremely harmful if consumed regularly or in large quantities. Dog food is designed to provide enough levels of sodium and electrolytes to a canine’s body thus excessive ingestion of salty food such as Marmite and Vegemite will only cause severe health conditions especially with complications that can directly affect their kidney. That is why you cannot make Marmite or Vegemite a treat to your pooch and should be avoided at all costs because it will only give them fatal conditions that may lead to their death.