Is Hummus Bad For Dogs?

If you enjoy Arabian cuisine, particularly hummus, you should avoid leaving it within reach of your pet. It has quite a few potentially severe side effects if eaten by dogs.

Your dog will very unquestionably arrive in the kitchen or at the table when you are making a meal or eating dinner. 

Some foods are good for them, but others, such as hummus, should be avoided. It contains several ingredients that could be hazardous to a dog’s health, such as lemon and garlic.

To better understand why it can be dangerous to dogs, I have listed what exactly causes these effects, found in hummus itself.


Is Hummus Bad for Dogs?

Garlic and Problem Ingredients found in Hummus

If you’re wondering whether hummus is good for dogs, the short answer is “No.” Hummus should not be fed to your dog because it can be harmful to his health. 

Hummus is a healthy and nutritious snack for humans, but it is not suitable for dogs. Hummus is made with garlic, chickpeas, olive oils, lemon, salt, and cumin. 

Dogs can eat chickpeas, but garlic and lemon can be harmful to their health. Garlic, for example, is toxic to your dog’s system. 

It will not harm your dog’s gut, but it may cause serious damage to his red blood cells. No responsible dog owner would knowingly jeopardize their dog’s health in such a way. 

According to Merck, a prominent veterinarian who produced a veterinary manual, garlic and other members of the plant allium family are harmful to your dog.

Consumption of these foods can result in hemolytic anemia, which is potentially fatal.


Another ingredient in hummus that may be harmful to your dog is lemon juice. Citric acid, which is present in lemon juice, may be too acidic for dogs.

Because of the citric acid, your dog may experience gastrointestinal discomfort and distress. According to veterinarians, lemons are not a natural part of your dog’s diet. 

Excessive lemon consumption can result in diarrhea, dehydration, and exhaustion. 

On the other hand, some people use lemon as a puppy deterrent to keep their puppies from chewing on things they shouldn’t. It discourages them from misbehaving. 

However, the citric acid in lemon frequently causes more harm than good. As a result, do not feed hummus to your dog because, like garlic, hummus contains a toxin. 

Lemon, in addition to being bad for the stomach, causes light sensitivity in dogs.

The Negative Effects of Hummus for your dog

Individually, the ingredients of hummus are beneficial. When they’re all mixed, however, it’s dangerous for your dog to consume. 

As dog parents, we all know that it is nearly impossible to keep your dog from eating whatever he finds in the kitchen. 

As a result, if your dog consumes hummus made with garlic and other potentially toxic ingredients, he or she may become ill. 

Of course, the severity is determined by the amount of food consumed. A minimal amount may not have any negative consequences. 

However, if consumed in large quantities, your dog will suffer adverse effects. Likewise, one dog may be more sensitive than the other. 

Vomiting, drooling, fatigue, abdominal pain, and diarrhea are the most apparent symptoms. If your dog consumes hummus, monitor them for at least 24 to 48 hours.

What To Do If Your Dog Eats Hummus

Monitor The Symptoms

Because we’ve already discussed how much dogs love food and how you can’t keep any food leftovers from your dog, you should know what to do if an accident does happen.

First, keep an eye on the symptoms. Do not leave your dog alone for the next 24 to 48 hours. If you must leave, make arrangements for someone to keep an eye on them. 

Hummus is not suitable for dogs. Any dog who has a history of health problems may be more sensitive to canine toxins such as lemon and garlic. 

Furthermore, do not take your dog to physical activities such as hiking or running. If your dog is already under the weather, physical exertion will make it worse. 

Because of this, stay at home, and keep checking on your dog. Any sign of fatigue, drooling, or abdominal cramps can indicate that your dog is not doing well. 

Even if the dog’s poop seems fine, keep on checking it for the next few days.

Take To The Vet 

The veterinarian is the best expert to consult with if you have a problem with your dog. If the dog has eaten hummus, this is a cause for concern.

If you find your dog lying on the floor, uninterested in everyday play activities, or complaining of abdominal pain, please take him to the vet as soon as possible. 

The veterinarian will have a better understanding of the dog’s condition. If the meal is still in your dog’s stomach, the vet may force him to vomit to clear his stomach of any harmful toxins. 

He may give your dog a vomiting drug or force him to vomit in the clinic. If he does not select the first option, he may administer a different diarrhea-causing medication. 

Diarrhea aids in the removal of undigested food from the digestive tract. He might also give you a few prescriptions for the next few days.

Stay Vigilant 

Your dog will feel better after your vet visit. Whatever method is used to remove the undigested food from your dog’s body, he must be monitored for the next two days. 

This is because your dog may be experiencing emotional distress as a result of his ordeal. So, give your dog some love and spend some time with him. Keep the dog hydrated as well. 

As a result, provide him with plenty of water to meet his body’s hydration requirements. 

Feed him soft food for the next 3 to 4 days, as soft food is easier to digest and does not irritate the digestive tract. 

Finally, stay in touch with your veterinarian, administer any prescribed medications on time, and monitor the symptoms.


Ingredients like lemon juice and garlic are harmful to your dog. Keep hummus out of reach of your dog, whether you make it at home, buy it at a store, or order it at a restaurant, 

It can harm his digestive tract and red blood cells. If your dog eats it by mistake, look for any health issues and take him to the vet for a thorough examination.

If your dog is attracted to the smell of hummus, perhaps take them into another room while you’re preparing, cooking, and eating the hummus. 

Written by Brian Rucker

Brian Rucker has been a dog lover since childhood. He has had his Lab Mix with Hound for over 10+ years now! They enjoy playing outdoors together. Brian loves sharing his knowledge about all things dog on this website. Read more of Brian's articles.