Can Dogs Eat Pesto?

As a classic sauce used in a variety of recipes, you may wonder if dogs can eat pesto.

But because pesto is a compilation of ingredients, the answer isn't always straightforward.

The main ingredient in pesto is fresh basil leaves.

Which are safe for dogs to eat.

Other common ingredients include parmesan cheese, olive oil & pine nuts.

None of those are toxic to dogs, although care should be taken with portion sizes.

The one troublesome ingredient in pesto for dogs is: garlic.

Classic pesto recipes and almost all store-bought varieties include garlic which is unsafe for dogs to consume.

If omitted, however, pesto can be safe for your dog to eat.

The best way to do this is to make your own and control the ingredients.

Swipe up to learn our tips for making the best dog-friendly pesto!