Can Dogs Eat Poppy Seeds?

If you are eating a muffin with poppy seeds, then your dog might start to beg for a piece as well, but can dogs eat poppy seeds? The short answer would be no, it’s not okay for dogs to have poppy seeds or anything containing poppy seeds. The problem is that poppy seeds are toxic to dogs.

Poppy Seeds Are Not Safe for Dogs to Eat

According to the Pet Poison Helpline any part of the poppy plant (seeds included) are dangerous for dogs because they contain opioids. The ingestion of poppy seeds (or anything else containing opioids) can lead to opioid poisoning  in dogs.

Opioid poising is very serious conditions, which can even cause your dog to fall into a coma. That’s why it’s not safe for dogs to eat poppy seeds.

What to Do if Your Dog Already Ate Poppy Seeds?

Eating a small amount of poppy seeds is not likely to cause any ill effects for your dog, but do observe your dog for any signs of opioid poisoning (listed below). If your dog shows any symptoms, then it’s best to take her to a veterinarian. If that’s not possible, it might be a good idea to try to get your dog to vomit. However, before doing that, it’s advised to call your veterinarian for a consultation on how to safely induce vomiting in dogs.

Opioid Poisoning Signs in Dogs:

  • lack of appetite
  • slowed breathing and heart rate
  • pinpoint pupils
  • sedation
  • walking drunk

In Conclusion

As poppy seeds contain opioids, which are toxic to dogs, the answer to the question “can dogs eat poppy seeds” is definitely no.

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