Can Dogs Eat Cloves or It’s Toxic? What About Clove Oil?

Let’s talk about cloves. 

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Many spices and herbs, peppermint, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, ginger, are not only beneficial to humans. Some of them also have numerous health benefits for our pets. So, for any dog owner, it can be a fun thing to learn which ones are good (or not).  

What are cloves? 

Cloves are the fragrant buds of Syzygium aromaticum tree. Harvest season for those spices can vary in different countries, so it is usually available throughout the year. Cloves are also commonly used as a spice. And there has been a lot of uncertainty on whether its dog-appropriate or not.

Cloves can indeed make some desserts more delicious by adding extra flavors to them, such as pumpkin bread or teas. But despite the unique and appealing taste, they are not entirely safe for your pet.

Can Dogs Have Cloves?

No, as cloves could be potentially harmful to dogs. So you should not give cloves or any clove-flavored food to your four-legged buddy. 

Cloves include eugenol. This compound is known to be toxic for some animals, e.g., cats. And even though the effect of eugenol is thought to be less severe in dogs, it still has the potential to put dogs’ health at risk too. So it is always better and often recommended that dog owners avoid exposing their dogs to cloves altogether. 

Are Cloves Safe For Dogs? 

If only the tiniest amount of cloves was consumed, your pup still might be on the safe side. Cloves’ Compounds such as eugenol, kaempferol, and rhamnetin, are known to have antibacterial properties that can help cure and prevent infections in dogs. 

However, pet owners should avoid giving cloves in large quantities to their pets to minimize any potential side effects and toxicity in your pet. 

Can Cloves Be Bad For Dogs?

Like already discussed, cloves can be very dangerous for dogs when offered in an excessive dose.

 That could lead to some side effects like liver toxicity, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and it could also irritate the gastrointestinal tract. 

In some extreme cases of clove overdosing, it could cause liver dysfunction, dyspnea, and unconsciousness. So, even though cloves can be safe for dogs, you should only give them in tiny quantities or avoid the spice altogether. 

Clove Oil and Dogs

Many people use clove oil for treating and preventing respiratory issues. And there are even some studies investigating its positive effect on humans and even anti-inflammatory post-surgery properties in dogs.

So some pet parents might be curious if this remedy can work for dogs too? But just like with the spice, using this essential oil could actually be putting the dog at serious risk, since pets are way more sensitive to essential oils than humans.

So If your dog was somehow exposed to clove oil or ingests it, you should immediately consult your vet. And follow all the guidelines to rule out every form of adverse side effects that might occur.

Cloves and Dogs. Summary

Cloves are not completely bad for dogs as they can also have some beneficial effects on your dogs. However, there could be some side effects that could come with giving cloves to your dog, especially when it is in excessive doses.

Also, some breeds of dogs could be allergic or sensitive to certain spices, including cloves.

So, to stay safe, avoid feeding your dogs with powdered or crushed cloves. And always speak with a professional veterinary doctor before introducing a new food or ingredient to your canine diet.

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