Can Dogs Eat Curry?

Many people enjoy eating curry and Indian food because of all of the amazing flavors that come together in one dish. But if you’re at the dinner table with your canine nearby, you might wonder if dogs can eat curry too. As a general rule, spicy foods like curry are bad for dogs and shouldn’t be included in their diets. However, not all Indian food or spices in curry are harmful and some may actually be good for dogs. Below, we will discuss some of the common ingredients in curry and whether your dog can have them.

Can Dogs Eat Curry

Dogs and Curry

One of the main reasons you should avoid giving your dog curry is that it can cause them to have digestive issues. Curry is loaded with ingredients that aren’t safe for dogs to eat, and their digestive systems aren’t designed to handle spicy foods. After eating curry, dogs can end up with abdominal pains, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Some of the unsafe ingredients commonly found in curry include:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Certain peppers including cayenne peppers and ground chilies (bell peppers are safe for dogs, but not spicy peppers)
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Sugar

Unfortunately, dogs shouldn’t have any foods that have these ingredients in high proportions.

Make A Curry That Is Healthy For Your Dog

Although dogs shouldn’t eat the regular curry that humans eat, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make your own dog friendly version with ingredients that are healthy for them. Today, we are going to give you a recipe for Doggy Curry that is healthy for dogs and is loaded with the types of nutrients that dogs need on a regular-basis.

This Doggy Curry recipe uses turmeric as the main seasoning, which is not only safe for dogs but is also loaded with many health benefits. Some of turmeric’s health benefits include being an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, a natural antibacterial, and a natural detox. Turmeric also helps to promote good heart health, liver health, and digestive health. See our page on Turmeric for further details.

Doggy Curry

Here’s a tasty recipe for dogs that owners may want to make as a treat.


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup mixed frozen vegetables, thawed
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth


Cook the chicken and rice, without any seasonings, and allow them to cool. Shred the chicken, and mix with rice, vegetables, broth and turmeric.

You can serve it like this, or puree it in a blender for older dogs that have trouble chewing and digesting certain food. This treat can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, or frozen for up to a couple of months.

No, Dogs Can’t Eat Curry

It’s always best to consult with your veterinarian first before giving any human foods to your dog. They can recommend safe and healthy foods that your dog can eat that won’t cause any adverse reactions. Unfortunately, curry isn’t one of them and it’s unsafe for dogs to consume. It has many ingredients that are not only unhealthy for them but also toxic!

If you want to give your dogs curry, please use our dog friendly recipe above which is safe for them to eat and is a treat that your dogs will love! Be sure to give them a small amount first to make sure that they aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. Once you’re confident that it’s OK for your dog, you can give them some doggy curry in moderation.