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Can Dogs Eat Chives? Vet Reviewed Facts & FAQs

Written by: Elizabeth Gray

Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Dogster Team

Can Dogs Eat Chives

Can Dogs Eat Chives? Vet Reviewed Facts & FAQs


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Dr. Lauren Demos

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If you love to cook, chances are your kitchen is stocked with many of the basic ingredients you need for your favorite recipes. Vegetables and herbs from the Allium (onion) family, including chives, are among the most common seasonings used in cooking, but are they safe for dogs? Unfortunately no, you’ll need to resist your pup’s begging in this case because dogs can’t eat chives.

Keep reading to learn why chives aren’t safe for dogs to eat and the typical signs of chive poisoning. We’ll also let you know what to do if you suspect your dog has eaten chives and how to protect your pet from this tasty but dangerous ingredient.


Why Chives Aren’t Safe for Dogs to Eat

As we mentioned, chives are a member of the Allium scientific family, along with leeks, onions, and garlic. All the vegetables and herbs in this family are toxic to dogs and cats, including dried and powdered forms.

Chives contain substances that may irritate your dog’s mouth, stomach, and digestive tract.

These substances may also damage and destroy red blood cells in the dog’s body. Low red blood cell levels, or anemia, can be life-threatening to your pet.

All dogs are vulnerable to chive poisoning, but breeds originating from Japan, like Akitas, are believed to be at higher risk. The toxic effects of chives vary depending on the size of your dog, the type of product they eat, and the quantity consumed.

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Signs of Chive Poisoning

If your dog eats chives or products containing chives, you may notice the signs immediately or not for several days.

Signs you may notice more quickly include:

  • Irritated mouth
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Belly pain

Signs that your dog may be suffering more severe consequences from eating chives may include:

  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Faster breathing
  • Faster heart rate
  • Pale gums
  • Collapse
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Anemic dogs may also suffer kidney damage. You may notice increased drinking, decreased appetite, and more frequent urination if your dog’s kidneys are impacted.

If you know or suspect your dog has eaten chives, contact your veterinarian immediately. In cases of toxicity, the sooner treatment can begin, the better for your dog. Your dog may need blood tests, medications to protect the digestive tract, or possibly hospitalization and even blood transfusions if they’re anemic.

Keeping Your Dog Safe

Never feed your dog any food or product that contains chives in any form. Keep in mind that dried products are more concentrated, and it may take smaller quantities to produce a toxic effect. If you cook with chives, onions or leeks, store them out of your dog’s reach.

Ensure your dog can’t get into the trash if you throw away leftover chives or food containing them. If any chives are spilled on the floor, keep your dog away until you can clean them up completely.

If you grow chives in your garden, ensure it is fenced off to prevent your dog from chewing on the plants. Various human supplements often contain chives, so make sure these products are kept out of reach of your dog.

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Summing Up

Chives and other members of the onion family might make your food taste delicious, but they also pose a serious risk to your dog’s health. Never feed your dog chives, and follow our safety tips to make sure your pup can’t sneak a taste of this ingredient. Before providing any human food to your dog, it’s vital that you make sure it’s safe. If you aren’t sure whether a food is okay for your dog to eat, check with your veterinarian.

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