Can Dogs Eat Hummus?

It is advised not to offer Hummus to your dog. It is full of plenty of ingredients that can severely harm your dog‘s health. But with a few modulation, you can make a perfect hummus treat for your dog. Let’s see why is hummus dangerous for your furry friend, and how can it be made safe?


The thick delicious, all-time middle-eastern classic dip Hummus is gaining massive popularity in the entire world. It helps in lowering the cholesterol level and is an excellent snack for weight loss. Hummus is rich in

  • Fibers
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Anything being your favorite will undoubtedly lure your dog, they will surely come to you while you are munching in your favorite snack, but everything safe for us is not safe for our dog; the same goes with Hummus. Sadly, hummus is not very safe for your furry pet to consume.

How is Hummus unsafe for dogs?

Though the vital ingredient used in Hummus is not dangerous, the ingredients used in giving it hummus signature flavor is toxic to your poor pet. Hummus is made up of:

  • Chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil

Most salty food is not recommended for dogs, and this dish is just all about that sour taste.


Garlic especially is very hazardous to your pet’s health. Garlic is one of the most dangerous things; in a large portion, it can be lethal to your dog. It damages the red blood cells, and damaged RBCs are unable to carry oxygen. It can cause anemia, which, if left untreated, can cause severe damage to the internal organs of a dog.

Garlic poisoning in dogs will cause diarrhea, an increase in heart rate, vomiting, brow/red urine, excess salivation, nausea, etc. Therefore Hummus, especially the once consisting of garlic, is a big no for your dog.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another dangerous key ingredient in Hummus. Lemon is citric fruit juice, which is way too much acid for your dog to intake. It can cause intense abdominal pain in your pet.

No vet will ever advise to let your dog have anything having extensive use of lemon juice, as it is not part of their natural diet in the wild.

What is your dog already ate some?

Don’t worry; a small amount of hummus will not harm your dog; it should be just fine. But in case it shows any of the symptoms as mentioned above, you should take it to the vet as soon as possible.

What about Hummus without lemon juice and garlic?

You surely can make Hummus, especially for your dog, skipping all the hazardous ingredients like garlic, lemon juice, and excess salt. And it will be entirely safe for your dog’s consumption, as mashed Chickpeas is the crucial ingredient of Hummus.

Below is the recipe you can follow to make the perfect Hummus snack for your dog. Here you will have to use roasted beets in place of garlic:

Step 1: Combine the following ingredients in a blender:

  • Chickpeas: 1 full can
  • Tahini: 4 tablespoon
  • Cumin Powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Paprika: only a pinch
  • Olive oil: half a tablespoon
  • Cols Water: 1-2 tablespoon (for desired consistency)

Step 2: Blend all ingredients until you get the proper consistency and the perfect hummus for your dog is ready. You can also store it in the refrigerator for the future, but not for more than three days.


You can always serve chickpeas to your dog, as it is an excellent and healthy alternative to hummus for them. It is cheap and is available almost everywhere. It is far better for your dog’s digestive system than hummus.

Chickpeas are rich in Potassium, Lecithin, and vitamins, which is undoubtedly good for your dog. You will have to cook and blend the chickpeas into a thick paste, and your dog will love it.

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