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No, dogs shouldn’t be fed sour cream. Well, they can eat sour cream, but it is not good for their health, and it’s better to avoid it. Ingredients in sour cream can harm your dog, but if they have consumed a small amount, there is nothing to worry about.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety unsafe, can be harmful in large quantity
Nutritional Issues dairy, sugar, and artificial sweeteners
Potential Risk obesity, lactose intolerance, and poisoning
Poisoning Symptoms vomiting, diarrhea, increased weight
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Ingredients in Sour Cream

  • Sugar in dairy products, especially sour cream, can cause lactose intolerance in dogs and cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Fat-sour creams are high in fat that can give digs heart problems as well as make them obese.
  • Artificial sweeteners – sweeteners like xylitol are bad for dogs’ health and can cause poisoning, which can be extremely dangerous.

How Much Sour Cream is Bad for Dogs?

Large amounts of sour cream can be bad for dogs as it contains harmful ingredients. However, if your dog has only a small amount of sour cream and some food, it won’t be too dangerous. It’s best to avoid giving your dog a spoonful of sour cream to make sure their gut remains healthy.

Signs that Your Dog Ate Too Much Sour Cream

If our dog was found eating too much sour cream, then they will show symptoms like:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Some severe and long-term symptoms can be:

  • Pancreas
  • Heart problems
  • Weight gain

Frequently Asked Questions

  • While sour cream is unsafe for dogs, onion dip is extremely dangerous. Dogs must not consume onions because they can cause anemia and long-term digestive problems.

  • Sour cream contains large amounts of fats, including saturated fats and cholesterol that can contribute to weight gain in dogs.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.