My Dog Ate Butter- Now What?

You were cooking and your dog got hold of some of your ingredients? Your butter went missing and now you’re wondering if your dog is in trouble? If your dog also ate some of your flour, have a look here.

Can Dogs Eat Butter?

Dogs can eat butter although they shouldn’t, especially not in large amounts. Some dogs are lactose intolerant and will show symptoms if eaten too much butter. These could include vomiting, diarrhea, an upset stomach, stomach pains, watery stool but most commonly bloating and flatulence. After eating a large amount of fat, dogs can develop pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis In Dogs

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas caused by diet (processed foods and foods that are high in fats) or stress (results in high levels of cortisol in their body). Symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs can be vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite (resulting in weight loss), dehydration, abdominal pain and fatigue. You should lookout for a general change in behavior because any of the symptoms listed above will be easy to spot.

Acute Pancreatitis

This is a sudden attack of pancreatitis and often occurs during the holidays. During the holidays the dog can be exposed to higher amounts of stress through increased visiting family members and friends, changes in the routine as well as prolonged traveling. Visiting family members can feed the dog table scraps and more unhealthy food can be around and accessible for the dog.

Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis develops over time and can be difficult to diagnose as your dog may not even show any symptoms at all. The Chronic kind can be a result of multiple acute attacks. Obviously, you should consult with your vet after repeated attacks.

Could My Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?

Every dog drinks their mother’s milk when they’re puppies but it becomes unnecessary as soon as they grow up. Dogs can be lactose intolerant because they aren’t meant to drink milk from cows or goats in the first place. Most dogs can handle the lactose in milk and butter in small amounts, the same way that lactose-intolerant humans can as well. You would know that your dog is lactose intolerant by looking at their reaction after eating a lot of butter or milk (by mistake).

Can I Feed My Dog Lactose Products?

Yes, lactose products are not toxic to dogs. Most dog foods will cover the calcium requirements for dogs meaning that feeding them milk products is not necessary. If you’ve tried giving your dog milk products and they have taken it well, you can continue to feed them milk products but be sure to stay with natural flavors which don’t include for dogs harmful substances like chocolate, nuts or raisins.

My Dog Ate The Butter Wrapper

Depending on the size of the dog it can cause clogging in the intestines, especially in smaller dogs.

Wax and Paper Wrapper

Generally, it should pass on its own BUT watch the stool to make sure that it does pass. Monitor your dog closely in case your dogs display stomach pains or cramps. If your dog does show pain or other symptoms and the wrapper hasn’t passed on its own, consult with your vet. There were most likely be messy stool with the passing of the butter regardless.


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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