It’s a common topping on nachos and other foods, but can dogs eat sour cream? Read this guide to find out if sour cream is safe for dogs.
You might have heard that dogs should not eat dairy, but is sour cream ok for dogs? This guide will answer that question and more!
For ultimate pet safety, I recommend consulting with your vet about all the questions you have about your dog eating sour cream.
Can Dogs Eat Sour Cream
Yes, dogs can safely eat sour cream. It isn’t toxic for dogs, but you should still be cautious with how much your dog eats – especially if you don’t know if they are lactose intolerant yet.
The best kind of sour cream to allow your dog to eat is low-fat and plain. If your dog is not lactose intolerant, he can probably handle plain, low-fat sour cream in small amounts.
Is Sour Cream Bad For Dogs
There are two main ways that sour cream can be bad for dogs – if they are lactose intolerant or if the dog is overweight.
If you don’t know if your dog is lactose intolerant, only give it a very small amount at a time. Signs of lactose intolerance are the same as other digestion issues – gas, bloating, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Traditional sour cream is also high in fat. Any dog that is overweight should not eat high-fat foods like sour cream.
In 1 tablespoon of sour cream, there are:
- 2.4 grams fat
- 23 calories
- 6 mg of cholesterol
- 1.4 grams of saturated fat
There are trace amounts of protein and other nutrients, but not enough to justify the risk of giving them digestion issues.
Can Dogs Eat Sour Cream and Onion Chips
The real danger for dogs is when you give them sour cream that has additional foods that are bad for them.
Sour cream and onion chips are unhealthy and dangerous for dogs to eat. Dogs should never eat onions – even onion powder. All parts of the onion plant are toxic for dogs.
Even sour cream and cheddar chips are not good for dogs. Dogs should not eat chips at all because they are high in calories and fat and could lead to unhealthy weight gain.
Can Dogs Eat Sour Cream and Chives
Chives are another name for onions. Since onions are toxic to dogs, dogs should not eat sour cream and chives in any form.
Can Dogs Eat Sour Cream and Onion Dip
No, dogs should never eat any kind of sour cream and onion dip. The onions in the dip are toxic for dogs and could poison your pet easily.
My Dog Ate Sour Cream – What Do I Do?
The first thing you need to do is assess the situation. How much sour cream did your dog eat? What else did they eat with it? This second question is especially important just in case they ate garlic or onion with the dip.
Next, watch for signs of indigestion. Contact your veterinarian if you notice you dog acting really sick – lethargic, unresponsive, or unable to keep anything down.
More than likely, your dog will probably just have a bit of gas and diarrhea and be just fine.
Sour cream in really small amounts once in a while is safe to share with your pet. Always give them plain, low-fat sour cream. If you don’t know if they are lactose intolerant, give them a small amount first and see how they handle it.
More Dog Food Resources
Here are some more articles about other cheesy snacks and whether they are safe for your dog to eat.
- Can Dogs Eat Cheetos
- Can Dogs Eat Cottage Cheese
- Can Dogs Eat Cream Cheese
- Can Dogs Eat Feta Cheese
- Can Dogs Eat Cheez Its
- Can Dogs Eat Popsicles
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