So you're enjoying a bowl of classic Southern-style grits, and your dog is eyeing you with that "Can I try?" look. Hold on, dog parents—while grits themselves can be a dog-friendly snack, the Southern-style preparation loaded with fats is a no-go for your pup. Let's focus on "plain and small bites."
Grits are made from corn, which has some perks like carbs for energy and essential fatty acids for a shiny coat. Plus, they're easy on the tummy when cooked. But before you start serving up a grits buffet, remember: moderation is the name of the game. Dogs need protein-packed meals, and too many grits can throw that balance off.
And let's talk about the extras—butter, seasonings, you name it. Keep those on your plate, not theirs. Added flavors mean added sodium and fats, which are a no-go for your dog's health.
So, if you're thinking of sharing some grits, make sure they're plain and served in small amounts. And as always, keep an eye out for any signs of allergies or tummy troubles the first time around.
If your dog eats grits and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, dog insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.