No, dogs cannot eat mustard because of harmful compounds.
Ranging from bright yellow to dark brown, mustard is a condiment that can come in whole, ground, powder, and paste forms. It is used as a flavouring (for meats, sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs) or mixed into dressings, sauces, and glazes. The condiment is made from the seeds of a mustard plant, which comes from the Brassicaceae family. To produce the mustard sauce, the seeds are mixed with water, vinegar, salt, and other seasonings.
Dogs should not be given mustard because the seeds found in them are harmful for canines. These toxic compounds can cause gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach or the intestinal tract. Vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are some of the effects of eating mustard.
What to do if your dog accidentally eats mustard: Review the nutrition facts label to find out all the ingredients used to make the mustard. If it contains seasonings such as salt, cinnamon, and other potentially toxic flavourings, contact your veterinarian immediately. A lick of mustard may not harm him, but observe him closely over the next 24 hours for unusual symptoms.
In summary: Mustard is a tasty condiment that should not be given to dogs even if it contains carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Because of its low nutritional value, it is best not to let your dog get used to eating mustard. Store all forms of mustard properly so your dog doesn’t have access to them.
Instead of giving him food seasoned with mustard, learn which human foods you can safely feed to your canine pet through our “can dogs eat” blog category.