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No dogs, should not eat couscous since it does not provide any significant nutritional value to them. Couscous is not toxic to dogs and can be eaten in moderate amounts, however, due to its rough texture it needs plenty of preparation to be suitable for dogs. Couscous also contains selenium and large amounts of it are toxic to dogs.

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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 Not toxic but should be avoided.
Nutritional Issues Contains selenium and large amounts of it are toxic to dogs. High in carbohydrates, therefore can lead to nutritional imbalance.
Potential Risks Couscous that is not cooked properly can pose a choking hazard for dogs. It can also be rough on the digestive system and can lead to abdominal discomfort. Eating too much couscous can lead to conditions like obesity and pancreatitis.
Symptoms  Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Couscous is Bad for Dogs?

Since couscous is not a necessary part of a dog’s diet, there is no specific amount that is considered bad for them. However, giving a large amount of couscous to your dog can cause digestive upset, including diarrhoea and vomiting.

If you choose to give your furry friend couscous, it’s best to keep the portion small and infrequent. Make sure it is not more than 10% of his daily calorie intake.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Much Couscous

If your dog has eaten too much couscous, keep an eye out for these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite

Frequently Asked Questions

  • It is best to avoid giving dogs any food that is made for humans. The seasoning in the couscous can be toxic to dogs, therefore, only give your dog plain couscous.

  • Couscous cannot be classified as toxic to dogs, however, it contains selenium and in large portions, it can be harmful to 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.