My shetland sheepdog loves salad with dressing.

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Can dogs eat a salad with any dressing?

No, dogs cannot eat salad with dressing because dressing contains harmful ingredients like vegetable oil, lemon juice and spices which are dangerous for your dog’s health.

How is the salad dressing harmful for my dog?

The ingredients vegetable oil, lemon juice and spices are not good for your dog’s health. The vegetable oil may be indigestible for your dog, they contain soybean and corn content to which your dog may be allergic to, also vegetable oils can cause problems like obesity or pancreatitis.

The lemon juice is citric and acidic in nature, which can lead to acidity in your dog’s stomach. The acidity can cause vomiting, diarrhea or any other digestive disorders. Lemon juice can also make your dog sensitive to light due to its photosensitive nature.

As for the spices, all spices are not harmful but certainly, there may be some spices in salad dressing like onion, garlic, salt etc which all are harmful to your dog in their way.

How are the spices in salad dressing harmful for my dog?

Commonly found spices in salad dressing are onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. The onion powder contains sulfoxides and disulfides which can easily cause digestive problems in your dog’s stomach like an upset stomach, diarrhea or vomiting. The serious effects include damage to red blood cells which can lead to anemia in your dog over a long period of time.

The garlic powder isn’t as bad as onion, it doesn’t cause much damage but still it is better to avoid it.

The salt isn’t also as bad as onion powder but it depends on quantity. If salad dressing has high amounts of salt it can lead to dehydration, increased urination and thirst in your dog which isn’t a good situation. Furthermore it can also cause nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.

shetland sheepdog loves to eat salad with any dressing
My shetland sheepdog loves to eat salad with any dressing, Is it OK?

What is a safe salad for my dog?

A safe salad is one which has non harmful and nutritious ingredients for your dog. Some of the ingredients you can use to make salads for your dog are potatoes, carrots, cleaned sardines, sticks of celery, brown rice, lettuce, spinach, apples, papaya, watermelon, melon, banana etc. If you’re using oil, make sure to use oils that aren’t harmful to your dog like olive oil, flaxseed oil etc.

What should I do if my dog consumed salad with dressing?

If your dog consumed salad with dressing then your dog may be having some symptoms like vomiting, lethargy, dripping saliva, diarrhea, or any other unusual behavior in which case you should take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible. If the vet option isn’t available then you may stop the dog feeding for some time like 5-6 hours and then give bland foods like boiled brown rice or chicken to let your dog’s stomach recover. But taking your dog to the vet is the recommended option.


If you’re giving salad with dressing to your dog be sure to read the ingredients list at the back. Chances are you’ll find one or more harmful ingredients in the form of raw vegetables, preservatives, or other additives. Salad with dressing is not good for your dog. The dressing contains various harmful ingredients like salt, onion powder, garlic powder etc which cause various problems like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, excessive urination, thirst, or any stomach disorder. After which you’d have to take your dog to the vet to make him better again. So it’s safer to avoid dressings at all. There are various ways to prepare salad without dressing and your dog would enjoy it as much as you enjoy your salad with dressing.

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