Can a Dog Eat Bread?
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By Hungry Bark | November 11, 2021
Popular among us humans, bread is a staple household item that pet parents often wonder if they can share with their dog. We're here to share if bread is in fact safe to share with your dog, in addition to benefits and possible risks in doing so. Keep reading to find out more about if dogs can safely consume bread or if it's best to keep to yourself.
Is Bread Safe for Dogs to Eat?
The short answer is, yes! Dogs can eat bread in moderation. Sharing a bite or two of bread with your dog will not have any negative impacts, so long as you're giving your dog a well-balanced nutritious food during their main mealtime. If you're looking for a high-quality, superfood-packed option for your dog, check out Hungry Bark's Super Premium Dry Food. Not only is it packed with delicious ingredients such as real meat proteins, it's also made in small batches in the USA! If you're unsure about which recipe your dog would thrive on, we suggest taking a few minutes to complete the Custom Meal Planner. There, you'll tell us a bit about your dog including their age, breed, weight, activity level and health goals and our team will create the best meal plan for their unique needs.
In addition to a well-balanced diet, your dog should also be receiving the appropriate amount of daily exercise based on their age and breed in order to eat a few pieces of bread without any negative effects. Similarly to us humans, dogs who consume too many carbohydrates, such as those found in bread, without a proper amount of exercise may become overweight and develop additional health concerns.
Will Bread Give My Dog An Upset Stomach?
If your dog is allergic to grains or has celiac disease, it's best to not share bread with them. Additionally, if you share a few pieces of bread with your dog and notice anything out of the ordinary, stop feeding them bread and call your veterinarian for further guidance. As always, introducing your dog to a new food that they aren't used to can cause stomach upset and loose stool.
Benefits of Bread for Dogs
If your pup's stomach can handle bread without any stomach upset, this ingredient can help provide additional fiber, which can help them with any digestion issues.
Bread is also a source of sodium and potassium. These electrolytes are essential and aid in proper hydration in dogs.
Risks of Feeding Bread to Your Dog
The biggest risk in sharing bread with your dog are the preservatives that are put into bread to prolong its shelf life and prevent mold from growing on it. These additives can be toxic to our furry friends, especially those with weaker immune systems such as puppies or older dogs who have a harder time fighting off illness compared to younger healthy pups!
Bread dough can also pose a risk depending on how much your dog eats – if too much goes undigested in their stomachs then this will cause bloating which could lead to health problems down the road.
Additionally, yeast rises inside bread dough which creates alcohol content when left out long enough; even trace amounts of alcohol can kill an animal so pay attention to expiration dates before you feed bread to your pup!
How Much Bread Can Dogs Eat?
Bread is an okay treat to share on occasion, but you shouldn't overfeed it. An average slice can be used as an occasional snack when training, so try not to give more than this per day in most cases.
Although bread can be shared safely with your dog, there are many other superfoods available that have a higher nutritional value that we'd suggest. For a list of superfoods that are safe and beneficial to share with your dog, check out our list on Superfoods You Can and Can't Share with Your Dog.
Types of Bread You Shouldn't Share With Your Dog
You should absolutely stay away from sharing any raw dough or breads with onions, raisins, grapes, chocolate chips – anything toxic which could cause serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and more depending on the amount consumed.
Can Dogs Eat Bagels?
Dogs can eat bread, including bagels. However, it's important to apply the same rules and limitations with bagels as listed above with bread. Bagels should only be used as an occasional snack in addition to a healthy, nutritious meal. Make sure you're not sharing bagels that contain harmful ingredients such as garlic, onions, raisins, grapes or chocolate!
What About Gluten-Free Bread?
Bread made from gluten-free flour is also safe for dogs – it's basically just a recipe without bread yeast and contains no traces of bread dough so there are absolutely zero risks involved! In fact, this type of bread may be even healthier than regular bread since there are less additives which makes it good for pups with food sensitivities or allergies.
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