Pâté and a dog

Can Dogs Eat Pâté?

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Pâté is a spread made from processed meat. Pâté is a kind of food often served on bread or crackers. It can be hot or cold. Some Pâté has added vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, and alcohol. Let’s find out if your dog can have some Pâté? 

Dogs should not eat Pâté because it’s too rich for them. Pâté is high in fat and very salty. It also often contains garlic and onion powder which is toxic to dogs. It would be best to avoid giving your dog Pâté.

We now know that dogs shouldn’t eat Pâté. Let’s break down the harmful ingredients that are commonly found in Pâté. It will help you understand why Pâté is unhealthy for dogs, and I have included other options to treat your dog with instead.

Harmful Ingredients In Pâté

  • High In Fat: Dogs can’t handle high bursts of really high-fatty foods. Unlike cats and humans, our digestive system is built differently from dogs, allowing us to eat high-fat foods. When a dog eats high in fat foods, it can cause problems in the pancreas and give them pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can be acute or can happen over time. It’s very uncomfortable for a dog. My dog had pancreatitis and could no longer have a regular diet, so he had to be put on a very low-fat diet.
  • Onion Powder: Onion is of the allium family and is highly toxic to dogs.
  • Salt: Salt can be dangerous to a dog if eaten in high doses. Salt can dehydrate a dog, and enough consumption can lead to sodium ion poisoning. Roughly there is 697 mg in 100 grams of Pâté. 
  • Garlic: Is a member of the allium family and is highly toxic to dogs.

Allium Family Food List (Avoid)

  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Scallions
  • Shallots

Dangerous Amount Of Salt

Dogs need salt in their diet, but too much can be harmful. Anything over 1.5 grams of salt per one pound of body weight is dangerous and needs medical attention.


You can put a little extra for your dog on top of their food. The below is perfect for this, and it’s healthy and delicious!

Recommended Read: How Much Protein Should A Dog Have Daily?

My dog just ate Pâté. What should I do?

It depends on the size of your dog, and how much they have consumed will depend on what action you will need to take. For instance, if you have a small dog that has eaten a whole tub of Pâté, you should probably call a veterinarian as little dogs can’t handle a lot of rich food, but if you have a larger breed and they have eaten the same size, they will more than likely be okay. Watch out for any signs of illness, such as sickness, diarrhoea, increased thirst, and generally feeling lethargic.

Where does the word Pâté come from?

The word Pâté comes from the French language, meaning paste—a mixture of meat and fat.


Making good decisions for your pet is essential. I never give my dog Pâté. Instead, give them leaner plain meat such as chicken. Here is one article I wrote about cooking and serving chicken to my dog.

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