Question: Can dogs eat bread? Or is bread bad for dogs?
Answer: Typically, dogs don’t need to eat much of human foods because they get most, if not all, of their nutritional needs from a well planned diet based on quality dog food.
However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t crave human foods every now and then, and that you don’t feel the urge to give them some either.
This is why feeding your dog food meant for humans such as oatmeal every now and then isn’t as bad as some people make it seem out to be, mainly due to insignificant research they have done before giving their opinion.
But, you must always know whether what you feed your dog is safe for them to eat or not.
So, if you’re anything like me, you’ve previously wondered whether or not your dog can have some of that toast or rye bread you have for breakfast sometimes, or even some of those cinnamon goodies you’ve baked with bread.
But before, you have to ask the question “can dogs eat bread?”
Can Dogs Eat Bread? Is Bread Good For Dogs?
The short answer to this question is is YES, dogs can eat bread safely, and bread isn’t poisonous or toxic to dogs per se.
However, there are some things you have to be cautious of, such as the types of bread you feed your dog, as well as the amounts of bread you give to Fido.
When Can Dogs Eat Bread?
Before going ahead and feeding your dog some bread, there are a few things you have to make sure of:
- Make sure your dog isn’t allergic to wheat, because if they are, they won’t have a good time digesting wheat bread
- Make sure whatever bread you’re feeding your dog only makes up a very small percentage of their diet, with 95% of their diet being constituted of quality dog food
- Try to get a brand of bread that contains the least amount of sugar possible, because sugar is nothing but harmful to dogs
- Make sure any brand of bread you feed your dog doesn’t contain any raisins or nuts, both of which can be very toxic to dogs
- Make sure you don’t feed your dog bread crusts because they’re void of any nutritional value
What Bread Can Dogs Eat?
Before talking about what types of bread your dog can eat, let’s state the types of bread that dogs CAN’T eat:
- Raisin bread: Raisins can cause kidney failure and even possibly lead to death in dogs
- Onion and garlic bread: Onions and garlic may lead to red blood cells damage
- Banana bread: Banana breads usually contain ingredients such as chocolate chips, and chocolate is very toxic to dogs and should be avoided
Moreover, and this seems obvious but trust me when I say that not enough people follow this rule, don’t feed your dog old bread that has mold in it! Any mold that grows on the bread poses a huge toxicity risk to your dog, and if you wouldn’t eat that stuff, there’s no reason your dog should either.
Instead of having your dog eat white bread, the best type of bread to feed your dog is whole grain bread, because whole grain bread contains no ingredients that could cause problems with your dog’s health if eaten in moderation.
Add to that the fact that whole grain bread contains a decent amount of dietary fiber that helps your dog when it comes to bowel movements, you know which type of bread to go with! 🙂
Just in case your dog suffers from gluten intolerance, you should only attempt to feed your dog gluten-free bread.
If the list of breads not suitable to give your dog above has left you with few ideas, try giving some pumpkin bread to your dog and see how much they’ll love it! It’s perfectly safe for Fido to eat as well.
How Much Bread Can Dogs Eat?
To stay as safe as possible, and to ensure that the bread doesn’t upset your dog’s stomach, only give your dog a few bits from a loaf of brown bread every now and then as a treat (hint: give your dog a small piece of bread with peanut butter on it as a treat).
That’s the way most dog owners who play it safe (me included) like to do, and we’ve had no problems whatsoever.
You won’t want to give your dog a whole load of bread to eat, because that would just lead to intense stomach ache and bloating, with the latter being a very dangerous issue in dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Bread Dough?
The answer is a big, fat NO!
Unlike squash dough which is completely fine for dogs, Yeast dough should be kept as far away from your dog as possible.
If your dog consumes raw yeast dough, there’s a huge possibility that it will ferment in their stomach and become very toxic, even fatal.
Besides the toxicity issues, yeast dough can also lead to serious bloating in your dog’s stomach and the expansion of their intestines, which can lead to severe pain as well as ruptures in their stomach or intestinal tract.
Your dog may also start vomiting uncontrollably if they eat bread dough, start to have seizures and sometimes even go into coma.
Bread dough expansion inside your dog’s stomach will also result in ethanol toxicosis, which has the following symptoms (note that these symptoms can show anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours from when your dog consumes an excessive amount of bread):
- Excessive gas being passed
- Vomiting, sometimes wanting to vomit but being unable to
- Lightheadedness and loss of coordination
- Unusual bladder issues
- Sudden behavioral changes
- In very serious cases, cardiac arrest and death
If you think your dog has eaten bread dough, you should instantly get in contact with your veterinarian or any other dog care professional you know and trust.