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Can Dogs Eat Grits? | Read Before You Feed!

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Grits are a common side dish for dinners and even breakfasts, especially in the southern United States.  With their rich, creamy texture and delicious flavor it’s only natural for dog owners to wonder if our pups would like them just as much as we do.

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So, can dogs eat grits? Grits are safe for dogs to eat on occasion, although they’re essentially empty calories.  The key to feeding your dog grits is that there must no added ingredients at all.  This means no butter, salt, pepper, etc.

It’s important to remember, that even with the best of intentions, accidents happen and dogs can easily eat things they shouldn’t.  Unfortunately, even if those accidents aren’t fatal, they can result in huge, unexpected veterinary expenses.  That’s why we recommend all responsible dog owners get a free, online pet insurance quote from Healthy Paws.

Are Grits Good For Dogs?

No, grits are not particularly good for dogs.  With very limited nutritional value, they are essentially “filler” and just empty calories.  Grits are just a form of corn which acts as a filler material  in many brands of commercial dog food.

This is why if you are going to feed your dog grits, only do it on the rarest of occasions.  Like humans, the more “junk food” you feed your dog, the  more they will continuously want it, potentially leading to weight gain and other related health issues down the road.

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Are Grits Bad for Dogs?

Grits are not toxic to dogs.  Served by themselves, completely plain they are safe for dogs to consume, but simply empty calories.  What makes grits dangerous for dogs is when additional ingredients are added.  Typically, grits are served with added seasonings, salt, pepper, onion, cheese, butter, etc.  None of these are safe for dogs.  If you are going to share grits with your dogs, they should be made separate without all those extra ingredients.

Even so, keep in mind that portions should be very limited and only served as a special occasion treat.  Too often or too much can result in weight management issues and other health concerns for your pup. 

Remember that corn is a common allergy amongst dogs.  If this is your dog’s first time eating a corn product, make sure to monitor them closely for symptoms.

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Other Varieties & Related Foods:

Corn Grits

Yes, corn grits are safe for dogs as long as there are no added ingredients.  This means no butter, oils, salt, pepper, seasonings, cheese, etc.  Obviously, if your dog is allergic to corn don’t feed them grits.

Grits and Eggs

Yes!  As long as you keep in mind the previous instructions of how to cook grits safely for dogs, grits can be served with eggs.  Read this article about can dogs eat eggs to learn how to safely prepare eggs as well.

Instant Grits

Instant grits often come with added ingredients that aren’t safe for dogs.  So before serving to your dog, make sure you read the full nutrition label and ingredients list.  If no forbidden ingredients have been added, you are safe to share in moderation.

In Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Grits?

What is the final verdict—can dogs eat grits? Yes, but only every once in awhile and a super small serving at a time.  Grits are safe for dogs, but that doesn’t mean they’re healthy!  Make sure to prepare them plain with no added ingredients to ensure they are dog-friendly.

Want to Learn More?

Check out these related articles from our “Read Before You Feed” series for more advice on safe foods for dogs!

Disclaimer: We are not veterinarians and this article should not be taken as medical or veterinary advice.  If you have any questions about your pet’s health or dietary needs, please contact your local veterinarian.