My Dog Ate Sunflower Seeds- Now What?

Your dog got into your bird feeder or you were planting sunflowers and your dog ate some? Now you are worried about your pooch and don’t know if sunflower seeds are appropriate for dogs to eat?

Can Dogs Eat Sunflower Seeds?

If your dog ate sunflower seeds but is behaving normal, he is most likely fine and there is nothing to worry about. There will probably be gas and perhaps some loose stool.

Dogs often throw up things that are unknown to them or have eaten too fast so if he throws the seeds back up that could be fine. If your dog gets a swollen stomach though, doesn’t eat or drink anymore or seems as though he’s in pain or uncomfortable, I would advise you to go see your vet. Better be safe than sorry!

My Dog Ate Sunflower Seeds WITH The Shell

Dogs shouldn’t eat sunflower seeds with the shell. The shell is not toxic to dogs but are not digestible and therefore unnecessary to feed them. As they are not digestible they could cause your dog to get a stomach ache.

Feeding Your Dog Sunflower Seeds + Benefits

You can feed your dog sunflower seeds as a snack throughout the day. Just make sure that they are not salted and without the shell. Feeding your dog too much salt can lead to dehydration. Also, don’t feed them seeds that are meant for human consumption and therefore contain flavors.

Sunflower seeds have a high-fat content so be sure to keep the number of seeds that you give your pooch minimal. You surely don’t want your dog to get fat so feed sparsely and don’t give them too many other treats but focus on one kind each day.

Your dog can have a few benefits from the fat from the sunflower seeds which could give them a better coat and skin.


If your dog has eaten sunflower seeds, they will most likely throw them back up and be fine or they will pass on their own with a bit of gas as a side product. Be sure to take your dog to the vet if he is having other symptoms.

You can feed your dog peeled sunflower seeds without salt and flavor to improve their skin and coat but be sure to feed in moderation as they contain a lot of fat.

If your dog is eating absolutely everything read my article where I talk about the training methods to stop dogs munching down on everything that gets in their way.


I'm Lisa. I grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier, recently got an Aussiedoodle puppy and have learned a lot of things over the many years. I created this website to help you with your puppy and dog-related troubles and share the information I learned about my dogs Fluffy and Teddy.

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