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No, baked beans are not safe for dogs to eat. In addition to toxic components (such as garlic and onion), baked beans generally contain unhealthy levels of sugar, fat, salt, and preservatives. Your dog’s digestive system may have problems from eating them.

Baked Beans
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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 Exercise caution, avoid feeding
Nutritional Issues High calories, sodium, sugar, and fat
Potential Risks Pancreatitis, heart disease, xylitol poisoning, hemolytic anemia
Poisoning Symptoms Diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, excessive thirst
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Baked Beans are Unsafe for Dogs?

While the beans themselves are not dangerous for your dog, the same is not the case for the sauce they come with. It’s okay for dogs to eat beans without the sauce. Typically, this sauce contains artificial sweeteners such as xylitol and other ingredients like garlic and onions, which can be toxic for dogs.

What Makes Baked Beans Unsafe for Dogs?

Plain baked beans are safe for dogs to eat in moderation. However, the baked beans’ sauce might contain toxic ingredients such as xylitol, onions, garlic, etc. All of these are dangerous for your dog.

What to do if Your Dog Eats Too Many Baked Beans

Unless your dog is allergic to one of the ingredients found in baked beans, a tiny amount of baked beans is unlikely to result in any problems. However, if your dog somehow gets a hold of an entire can of baked beans, keep an eye on them for twenty-four hours. If you spot negative symptoms, take your dog to the vet immediately.

Common Baked Beans Ingredients

  • Beans-Beans are a good source of protein and are safe for dogs as long as it’s in moderation.
  • Onions-Onions are extremely poisonous for dogs and can lead to various health issues.
  • Garlic-Like onions, garlic also belongs to the allium family of vegetables and is extremely toxic for dogs.
  • Salt-feeding your dog food with high amounts of salt can lead to heart disease, especially in older dogs.
  • Sugar-Like salt, feeding your dog large amounts of sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health problems.
  • Xylitol-The artificial xylitol is extremely toxic for dogs and can cause organ failure and death in worse cases if overfed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs can safely eat lima beans, butter beans, green beans, garbanzo beans, soybeans, kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.

  • Beans can add healthy protein to your dog’s diet. However, it’s best to avoid feeding your dog canned beans because they might contain toxic ingredients.

  • Yes, dogs can eat baked beans as long as they contain no sauce that a can of baked beans usually comes with. Homemade baked beans are a better alternative, as you can add dog-safe ingredients to your recipe.

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.