Vet Explains - Can Dogs Have Nutmeg?

Vet Explains - Can Dogs Have Nutmeg?

Author WDF Staff


Nutmeg has a lot of health benefits for humans, and we love to use it for baking our favorite cakes and cookies. Since nutmeg benefits us, we may think it will also create some benefits for our beloved dogs. But not so fast. If you were wondering: "can dogs eat nutmeg?" you will be surprised to learn that nutmeg is extremly toxic for dogs, and you should never allow your dog near it. Here is why that is so.

Can dogs eat nutmeg?

In nutmeg, we can find one compound called myristicin, which is highly toxic to dogs, and because of that, dogs should never eat nutmeg, not even in small amounts. In general, if a dog eats a small amount of nutmeg, he will most probably be alright, but that will depend on many factors. To be safe, you should never allow your dog to come near the nutmeg.

Is nutmeg toxic to dogs?

As we said earlier, if ingested in large amounts, nutmeg is extremely toxic to dogs. It is thought that nutmeg toxicity will happen if your dog ingests a lot of this component, but note that toxicity can also occur if your dog eats a smaller amount.

With nutmeg ingestion, your dog could experience some health problems that can indicate nutmeg toxicity, and they are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Disorientation
  • Dehydration
  • Increased heart rate
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations


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What to do if your dog ingests nutmeg?

Firstly, you need to remain calm to help your dog. If you start to panic, you will only create more problems for your dog. Secondly, call your vet and tell him what happen. Your vet will instruct you on your next moves depending on the amount your dog ingested, the symptoms shown, etc.

In this scenario, every minute is essential, and if you act fast, there is a higher probability that your pet will get well quicker without any consequences.


For the most part, treatment will include supportive care. Depending on the amount of nutmeg your dog has ingested, your vet could also initiate flushing the dog's stomach to remove as much of the nutmeg as he can.

In general, vets prescribe activated charcoal to help with toxins already released into the dog's bloodstream.

In case of significant toxicity, your vet will want to monitor your dog, and he will need to stay in the clinics for at least the next two days.


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Best prevention

The best prevention when it comes to things that are toxic to dogs is to keep them away from the dog. We know that sometimes it can be hard to always look at your dog and keep him safe, but it is your responsibility as a pet owner.

The best thing you can do is to learn all the things, including human food, spices, etc., that are toxic to dogs, and remember to be extra careful and not allow your dog to come near them when you are in contact with any of them.

Believe us when we say that no owner will want to go through dog poisoning in their life.

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