Can Dogs Eat Gravy?

correct answerThe Short Answer is:

It is not good for dogs to eat gravy. There are no toxic ingredients in gravy but it contains a significant amount of sodium. Large amounts of sodium are not good for your pup to eat.

In this research you will know the answer to the query “Can Dogs Eat Gravy?”.

It makes their food more tasty and palatable to add gravy to it since dogs love gravy.

It can be tempting to let your pet have some leftover roast dinner after a delicious roast dinner.

Although some ingredients in gravy may be detrimental to your dogs’ health this may not be the best choice.

The gravy you add to your dogs dry kibble will enhance its flavor meaning it will be more appealing to him.

No matter if you want to encourage your pet to eat by adding some gravy to their meal or if you want to allow them to enjoy a tasty roast dinner.

You should know a few things about dogs and gravies before you go ahead.

Can Dogs Eat Gravy? Can you put gravy on dog food?

Gravys type will determine whether its thick or thin. The majority of gravies contain a high amount of salt and fat which makes them unhealthy for dogs.

Excessive salt intake can cause sodium poisoning whereas obesity and a cute pancreatitis can result from excessive fat consumption.

In addition to granny smith apples a dogs diet usually includes onions and garlic. These spices contain a substance known to cause anemia in healthy dogs.

What kind of gravy can I give my dog?

Adding warm gravy to any type of food your dog eats whether dry kibble canned wet food or homemade meals will make it tasty and will have them slurping up their food licking their plate

Make sure you keep your pets gravy options in mind. Not all gravies are good for them. 

What you need to know about commercial dog gravy store-bought dog gravy granules and homemade dog gravy. 

Can dogs eat gravy granules (commercial)?

It is not a good idea to feed commercial gravy granules to your dog. They contain high amounts of onions garlic salt and fat.

Furthermore they contain many other ingredients your dogs digestive system may be unable to digest which can lead to serious diarrhea.

Can dogs eat bisto gravy?

A majority of commercial gravy granules including Bisto contain unhealthy or toxic ingredients for dogs. 

Listed below are the common ingredients found in most commercial gravy granules;

Whole wheat flour

It is okay for dogs to consume unprocessed whole wheat flour but refined wheat flour is high in calories and carbs. The consumption of refined flour can cause stomach discomfort in dogs such as bloating and inflammation of the bowels. 


Commercial gravies often contain sugar and too much sugar in your dogs diet can lead to obesity diabetes and dental problems. 

Skimmed milk powder

Most dogs do not have a problem digesting milk but some dogs have lactose intolerance and will have difficulty digesting milk-containing foods.

Palm oil

Dogs are not poisoned by palm oil but it has some side effects such as pancreatitis and heart problems.

Potato starch

is a starch obtained from potatoes; its used as a thickening agent for instant gravies. It mostly consists of empty carbohydrates and only adds calories without any nutrients.

Onion and Garlic

Can dogs eat gravy with onion powder? Onion powder and garlic powder both contain the toxic compound n-propyl disulfide. In the body of dogs n-propyl disulfide can cause serious damage. disulfide bonds to the red blood cells replacing oxygen. When the red blood cells are unable to transport oxygen the dogs body attacks them identifying them as invaders and destroying them resulting in anemia.

The ingredients listed above such as salt fat and some preservatives are key foods that should not be fed to your dog.

To ensure your pets safety do not feed your pet store-bought gravies very often. In this case you would be doing them a favor.   

What are the ingredients in dog gravy?

Cans of dog-specific gravy or bone broth would be a good choice if you do not want to cook but want something quick and easy for your canine.

In addition they do not contain any ingredients that could be harmful to dogs because they are made for them. 

The best alternative to store-bought gravy for humans is commercial dog gravy granules. A good one can be purchased for less than $10 but some are much more expensive than that. 

Typically these products contain dehydrated bone broth dehydrated vegetables potato starch and natural flavors.

There are often no refined flours onions garlic palm oil dairy products sugar or palm oil in them. In addition they contain a very low amount of sodium and calories.  

Homemade dog gravy

It is without a doubt the gravy you make especially for your dog that is the best.

The food you make yourself is better for your dog than the ones found in stores because you take his interests and needs into account.

The healthiest gravy for your dog is homemade gravy made from fresh ingredients.

Moreover making them takes only a few minutes.

Fresh meat is all that is needed whether boneless chicken turkey beef or some vegetables.

There are no fillers nor are there additives preservatives or unhealthy spices in this product. 

How do you make homemade dog gravy?

Below is a quick and simple recipe for making your own dog gravy.


  • You will need about 1 tablespoon. Oil from coconut (optional).
  • Turkey minced or ground to 1 lb
  • Weighs 4 ounces. Using boneless chicken is also an option (as is using the liver or gizzard of the chicken).
  • chopped carrots ¼ cup 
  • chopped green beans ¼ cup 
  • Water 3 cups

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Put the turkey and chicken in a pot cover with water and cook thoroughly
  2. Cover and simmer the carrots green beans and coconut oil for 30 minutes
  3. Allow it to cool completely after being removed from heat
  4. Mix the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Served with dry or wet kibble it is now ready for your dog to enjoy. When the gravy is too thick you can add water to soften it and get the consistency you desire.

If there is any leftover it should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You should consume it within three days.

Can dogs eat human gravy?

Having examined both the good and the bad of human gravy I now would like to consider a closely related issue.

Many dog owners start thinking about feeding their dogs gravy when they are looking for ways to make a boring bowl of kibble more interesting.

Within the following sections I discover how to accomplish this very goal. 

What are the best ways of making dog kibble (dry food) more tasty or attractive to a dog?

You may have a pet who finds dry kibble too plain and boring and sniffs it without eating it. In that case perhaps you are wondering how you can make the food more appealing and attractive to your dog. These are a few suggestions:

Top with canned wet dog food: Dry dog food can become more appetizing when topped with canned wet food. In order to accomplish this you need to reduce the dry kibble intake and replace it with wet food. This is to ensure that you maintain the same quality of food you serve your dog so your dog doesn’t get too much food.

Add some bone broth: Adding a little bone broth is another option. Bone broth for dogs can be either commercially prepared or prepared specially for your dog without adding unhealthy spices herbs or seasonings.

Top with vegetable smoothies: dogs love vegetables and a smoothie containing spinach carrots pumpkin green beans sprouts chard and kale will attract their attention. Several minutes of steaming the vegetables followed by blending will yield a smoothie that is high in health benefits. It isnot necessary to use all the vegetables at once; if there are certain vegetables that your dog prefers then use those. 

Add some tasty toppings: Commercial dog food toppers are tasty treats and food additives made from dehydrated bone broth gravies dried fruits meat treats etc. The addition of these to dry kibble makes it taste better and more appealing to dogs. Adding a dog food topper will improve the taste of your pets food and it will encourage him to consume more of it.

You have all had more than enough food for thought with my suggestions regarding jazzing up kibble…

Wouldnot you rather spruce up a bowl of dry food if that was all your woes were about?

In this case its not merely a case of your dog not being enthusiastic about eating but rather full-blown picky eating.

How can you deal with this?

Hints to help make a picky eater less fussy

Generally the pickiest eaters are those dogs who are offered a variety of different treats or foods.

The food can be kibble chicken chunks or even a hefty dog chew.

Unfortunately these dogs have learned not to depend on whatever is on the table since they will be offered something else soon enough.

This is exactly what happens because their resolve is stronger than yours.

Suddenly your dog isnot eating anything (or taking no interest in anything) in the cupboard or the fridge. 

Dogs need consistency when it comes to feeding. 

Actually you could almost say that about every aspect of your dogs life- or mine for that matter. 

Humans need to eat a variety of foods each day or week in order to maintain a balanced diet. Dogs do not require this. 

When a dog eats dry food or wet food that is labeled as a complete diet they can get all the nutrients they need in one package.

The more food options your dog is given the pickier it will become resulting in digestive problems like diarrhea or vomiting. Food is rarely rejected by dogs and a healthy dog will only refuse food if it believes that something better is available. 

Here are some tips on how to discourage pickiness if you already have a picky eater;

  1. Always make certain that your dog does not get table scraps nor should it share your food. Not only will this lead to pickiness but it is also unhealthy for your dog since their nutritional needs differ from humans.
  2. Do not leave your dogs regular meal out for more than 30 minutes. Taking the food away if they do not eat within that timeframe is a good idea.
  3. If you serve them fresh food at the next mealtime they still do not eat for more than 30 minutes. If they do not eat at mealtime remove it and repeat the same thing at every mealtime. This works because dogs do not starve themselves they eat if they’re hungry. 

Find out if your dog is being fed somewhere else. If your dog is eating elsewhere or raiding the bin for discarded leftovers this may be why they ignore their food.

How long will a picky dog go without eating?

Dogs can survive without food for up to 24 hours in adults but puppies can only survive for five to ten hours. It is possible for an adult dog to go without food for 3 to 5 days. In other words do not be concerned if your dog ignores their food and pretends not to like it because he will eat if he is hungry. Nevertheless a dog who does not eat could be suffering from a hidden medical condition. Take your dog to the veterinarian if he refuses food for more than 2 days to ensure any underlying health problems are ruled out.  


Some gravies are unhealthy for dogs so they cannot be eaten by all dogs. It is not recommended to feed dogs store-bought gravy granules because they contain unhealthy ingredients. The ingredients in commercial dog gravy are specifically chosen for dogs so they are not harmful. 

It is still the healthiest and least dangerous option for dogs to consume homemade dog gravy. To make their food more appealing and tastier you can make homemade dog gravy and add it to their food if they are a picky eater. Additionally bone broth veggie smoothies our toppers can be added to your dogs food to encourage him to eat.

If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.

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