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Check For These Signs
Your dog will give you a few signs that they ate wasabi. While it isn’t toxic for them, it is spicy. Dogs aren’t used to eating spicy foods. Their body may have a reaction to it.
One sign to look for is if they drop their ears. This is a sign that they’re not enjoying the taste or heat of wasabi. If your dog has floppy ears, then this sign may be difficult to notice. A better sign to look for is if they pull ears back slightly.
Another sign to check for is pacing. Dogs do this when they’re anxious. If they didn’t enjoy the wasabi, then they may pace as a way to get it through their system. The spicy flavor may cause them to receive an adrenaline rush, too, since their body isn’t used to it.
Sniffing is another sign that your dog doesn’t like wasabi. Due to its flavor, their nose may be having a reaction. Just like in humans, their sinuses may be cleared as a result of the heat. The dog may sniff in an attempt to further clear their nasal passages.
An alternative to sniffing is sneezing. If some of the wasabi ended up in their nose, or if the sensitive hairs in their nose are interacting with the wasabi, then they may end up sneezing a lot. As a result, their body may be forced to try and sneeze some of it out.
Lip licking is another sign to watch out for. This isn’t a sign that your dog enjoyed the wasabi. It means they’re trying to clean off their mouths because they didn’t like it. It may also cause burning to their lips. Their tongue may be attempting to ease the sensation.
This is coupled with drooling. The hot flavor of wasabi may cause this on its own. Just like our mouths produce more saliva to deal with spicy foods, a dog does as well. To cool their mouths, they may drool to ease the burn along their lips.
If the wasabi is burning their tongues, then they may also leave their tongue hanging out. They may even be panting in an attempt to cool their tongue and mouth down.
A tense jaw is often a sign that your dog didn’t enjoy the wasabi. It’s a sign of anxiety and sometimes of aggression.
You may also notice that their tail is tucked below them or stiff. This is another sign of experiencing anxiety. They likely don’t understand why their mouth or stomach suddenly feels the way that it does. They may think something is wrong.
A few other signs that you may notice are running to their bowl to drink water, rubbing their snout or face against the floor or furniture, and running around.
When they rub their face against the floor or furniture, it’s a sign that they’re trying to remove the taste or burning sensation. The same goes for if they’re drinking a lot of water.
Here are a few potential problems that you may encounter with your dog if they eat wasabi:
- Stomach cramps
- Stomach ache
- Anxious dog
- Burning sensation in nose
What To Do
If your dog eats wasabi, then the best thing you can do is help remove the wasabi flavor from their mouths. You’ll want to remove any leftover wasabi that may be inside of their mouth.
Then you’ll want to take some water and rinse out their mouths. You’ll also want to take a cloth and wipe off their snout. Run the cloth over their lips as well.
They should also have plenty of access to water. They’re going to need to drink a good amount in order to negate the spicy effects of wasabi.
You’ll then want to monitor your dog. If they ate a lot, then they may vomit on the floor or have a case of diarrhea. You may want to isolate them for a time in a place where newspapers are put down or puppy pads to prevent accidents. Otherwise, you can let them outside frequently to ensure they have plenty of opportunities to use the bathroom if they need to.
If it does seem like your dog is having an allergic or bad reaction to wasabi, then you should take them to the vet.
Do I Need To See The Vet Or Go To The Emergency Animal Hospital?
In most cases, you only need to visit the vet if your dog is showing extreme signs of distress from eating wasabi. A vet can give you instructions on how to further soothe your dog. They may also have some vitamins or pills that can help ease your dog’s stomach ache.
Because wasabi isn’t toxic to dogs, your dog’s life isn’t threatened. There isn’t a need to take them to the animal hospital.
If your dog happened to consume a lot of wasabi, then you’ll want to call your vet immediately. They can tell you if it’s necessary to bring your dog to the animal hospital.
Safe Alternatives To Eat
There are no alternatives to eat. Even something like wasabi peas or almonds could give your dog gastric problems. It’s better to avoid the ingredient entirely. This is true if your dog has allergies to other ingredients found in the wasabi-coated food. Wasabi, itself, sometimes has certain dyes or horseradish added to it. It’s possible for your dog to be allergic to one of these ingredients and have a direr reaction.
You should stay away from spicy foods for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Wasabi?
Wasabi is not toxic to dogs. They will not die if they consume it. However, they may have an allergic reaction that could cause them serious harm. Dogs who are not allergic to wasabi may still experience gastrointestinal distress.
This can result in stomach aches, cramps, and may even lead to vomiting or diarrhea.
It can also make their tongues, mouths, and noses feel as though they’re burning.
Dogs should not be fed wasabi.