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No, dogs should not eat McDonald’s. It is fast food and adds no nutritional value to your canine baby’s diet. Even though most of McDonald’s menu is non-fatal for dogs, it does contain ingredients such as high content of salt and deep fried potatoes and sauces that can cause digestive problems and be dangerous for your dog’s health.

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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  caution, avoid feeding
Nutritional Issues  sodium from salt and sauces, fat from oil
Potential Risks inflammation of the intestinal tract, obesity, salt toxicity
Symptoms  vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, tremors
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 McDonald’s is Unsafe for Dogs?

We all know how our dogs just want to eat what their owners are having, so there is a high chance when you are having McDonald’s, your pup wants a bite or two of it, too – but we suggest you do not give in to their innocent face as it is harmful. However, if your pup manages to sneak a bite of your biggest hamburger, there is no need to worry. But anything more than a few bites or feeding them McDonald’s regularly can be potentially dangerous for your dog’s digestive system and overall health.

What Makes McDonald’s Unsafe for Dogs?

McDonald’s is a fast food brand with a range of burgers, meat, and potatoes. While all of these ingredients sound suitable for dogs, they are not because they are made for human consumption and hence contain high amounts of salt. Salt and sauces like ketchup contain high sodium levels, which can cause dehydration, tremors, and sometimes potentially fatal toxicity in your pup.

Moreover, most of the items on their menu are deep fried, and high content of fats from oils can cause obesity and digestive problems in your fur baby. Lastly, onion toppings can be potentially toxic for your canine friend and should be avoided.

TIP: If your dogs love McDonald’s and want to share with you, we suggest you give them homemade, un-fried nuggets made from their meat during your meal time to make them feel included.

Common McDonalds Ingredients

  • Buns:buns are essentially just bread which is full of empty calories. It doesn’t add nutritional value to your pup’s diet, and an increased intake of buns will only contribute to obesity.
  • Onions:Onions are potentially the worst burger topping concerning your pup’s health. Onions can be toxic for dogs and must be avoided.
  • Ketchup and Mustard:Both are common sauces used in McDonald’s burgers that can be harmful or your dog. High sodium content in ketchup is potentially toxic for dogs, and high intake f mustard can lead to intestinal inflammation in canines.
  • French Fries:one of the most popular items on the McDonald’s menu, French fries are harmful to dogs because they are deep fried, and their high content of fat from the oil can cause obesity.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • McDonald’s is a fast food restaurant with food items designed for humans; hence almost everything on their menu is high in sugar and fat. Therefore it’s best to avoid feeding anything from their menu to your canine friend.

  • No, it’s better not to feed your dog McDonald’s nuggets because they are deep-fried and have a high content of salt. However, you don’t need to worry if they sneak one or two nuggets from you.

  • No, ice cream is a dairy product with high content of sugar hence potentially dangerous for dogs. It’s better not to feed your dog any ice cream.

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.