Can Dogs Eat Vanilla?

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Vanilla is safe for dogs

Vanilla itself is not toxic to dogs. If you get vanilla straight from the pod, it is safe for your dog. Vanilla extract is dangerous because it has a high alcohol content (35%). Both pure and many imitation vanilla extracts contain alcohol. Alcohol is rapidly absorbed in a dog’s stomach and is toxic. If your dog is eating vanilla flavored foods, such as ice cream, yogurt, and cake, the vanilla will not cause problems but other ingredients in the food may.