We answer a very important question: Is mayonnaise bad for dogs?
There’s a big mayonnaise controversy happening in the BuzzFarmers office, and somehow I got stuck in the middle of it. Two of my coworkers can give or take mayonnaise, one coworker is totally grossed out by mayo, and the fourth coworker would love to slather it on everything she eats. These humans constantly bicker about mayonnaise. Me? Well, I agree with my first two coworkers. If I can get my paws on a sandwich that has mayonnaise in it, I certainly won’t turn it away, but at the same time I’m not going to order anything with extra mayo.
We had a team meeting this week and let’s just say I got my paws on some mayo covered bread. My pal Erin – the one with the serious mayonnaise aversion – asked a very important question. Is mayonnaise bad for dogs?
She was wondering because while it’s a popular condiment, she knows it isn’t the greatest food for humans. She was worried that it would make me sick. Should I even be eating this stuff? Since we care a lot about dog health in the office we were a bit worried. So we took to the Internet, and while we did find this funny video of a dog licking a mayo jar clean, we didn’t find too many answers.
I knew right away that this is something I should write about, so we did a bit more extensive research for you and here is what we found out.
Is Mayonnaise Bad For Dogs?
If you love mayonnaise, and so does your dog, here is the good news – mayonnaise is not toxic to dogs. What does that mean? Well, unlike certain human foods, your dog should not get extremely sick immediately after eating some of it. So if you’re content with sharing your condiments with your pet, you technically can continue to do so.
Before you get too excited, we should probably discuss why mayonnaise isn’t good for dogs.
Yes, it’s not toxic, but there is nothing healthy that dogs will benefit from. In fact, over time, it might even do damage. Do you know what the fat content of mayo is? It is 60% saturated fat. Yikes! That’s so much. Remember, saturated fat is considered a “bad” fat.
No veterinarian would recommend giving your dog a food with such a high fat content.
Also, many store-bought mayonnaise brands are made with soybeans. There are many dogs who are allergic or sensitive to soy products. If soy products don’t sit well with your dog, never feed him mayonnaise.
With the extremely high fat content, you may want to rethink allowing your four-legged friend the occasional taste of mayonnaise, but that’s up to you!
Is mayonnaise bad for dogs? Do you allow your dog to eat mayo from time to time? After reading this, will you continue to allow your dog to snack on some mayonnaise? With all these questions, I hope you’ll take a second to answer them in the comments section below.
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