It’s a really yummy condiment, but can dogs eat tahini? Yes, it’s safe for dogs but only in moderation.
Let’s look closer at tahini and discover what it’s made of and why you should be careful with how much your dog eats. I’ll also share how to make your own homemade tahini that you can share with your dog.
For ultimate pet safety, I recommend consulting with your vet about all the questions you have about your dog eating any condiments like tahini.
Can Dogs Eat Tahini
If you like the flavor of sesame seeds, then you might enjoy tahini. It’s an ingredient in hummus and used in lots of middle eastern recipes. This sauce or paste is made from toasted and hulled sesame seeds.
So is it safe for dogs? Yes, it’s non-toxic and actually good for your dogs, but in moderation. There are quite a few health benefits of sesame seeds. But since dogs cannot digest seeds, they will get more nutritional benefit from tahini paste than the seeds.
Let’s look closely at all the different forms of tahini and how good it is for your dog (and why you need to be careful about how much they eat).
Can Dogs Eat Tahini Paste?
Tahini paste is a lot like peanut butter. This paste is made by toasting sesame seeds and making a thick paste. It’s safe and actually really healthy for your dogs to eat this – but in moderation.
Sesame seeds are packed with protein and healthy fatty acids. But they also have calcium, vitamin B1, manganese and copper. They also have sesamin and sesamolin which have been proven to help lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
Be careful with how much you give your dog, especially if they are a lazy pooch. This is a very calorie-dense food. There are 190 calories in 2 tablespoons.
And just like us humans, if dogs eat more calories than they burn off, they will gain weight. So if your dog struggles with their weight, watch how much tahini they eat.
Can Dogs Eat Sesame Paste?
It’s far better to put a little drizzle of sesame paste on your dog’s food than to try and give them sesame seeds. They will probably just poop out the seeds, undigested.
Some people might argue that if you purchase healthy dog food and nutrient-dense dog treats that you don’t need to add anything else to it. This is true. And be careful when you are adding more calories to the diet of an overweight dog. Weight problems can increase the risk of heart problems in dogs too.
Sesame paste is safe for dogs. You can add it on top of their food for a little treat once in a while.
Can Dogs Eat Sesame Seed Butter?
Sesame seed butter tastes a little more bitter than tahini because it is made from unhulled sesame seeds. But since it grinds up the hull and everything, it is also more nutrient (and calorie) dense.
Yes, dogs can eat sesame seed butter. In fact, this is a really good alternative to peanut butter. Just be careful with how much they eat since it has so many calories.
How To Make Homemade Tahini You Can Share With Your Dog
There are literally two ingredients in homemade tahini. After you make it, you can drizzle it on their dog food.
This recipe is really easy to follow. You just need hulled sesame seeds, olive oil, and a high-powered blender. The better the blender, the smoother the tahini sauce will be.
Sesame seeds are naturally nutty and salty, so you don’t need to add any salt. Which is good, because dogs don’t need any extra salt.
You can also use avocado oil instead.
Then, save some in the refrigerator for your dog and use the rest for homemade hummus. Can dogs eat hummus? No, they should not eat hummus. Not only can the chickpeas give them gas, but most hummus has garlic which is bad for dogs.
More Dog Food Resources
Here are more resources about what dogs can and cannot eat.
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