Sandwich bread, garlic bread, baguettes, or naan: we all have a favorite bread to pair with our daily meals. But should you consider giving in if your dog wants to break bread with you? Sure thing! While you should consult your veterinarian first, certain types of bread can be perfectly fine for your best friend. We’ve gathered everything you should know about giving bread to dogs.
Generally speaking, bread is not harmful to dogs. Loaves of bread are a combination of wheat and other grains. Bread is low in essential nutrients but its simplicity is why bread pairs so well with our daily meals.
Keep in mind that bread is a carbohydrate that is high in sugars and other complex compounds. Just like with people, bread shouldn’t be the first choice considered for a snack for a dog. A diet high in proteins and vegetables is ideal for your pet, but an occasional bite of your morning bagel shouldn’t harm them.
Plain white bread is the best option for dogs to have. No butter or other spreads should be on the bread. You will have peace of mind knowing there isn’t anything in white bread that can harm your friend.
Dogs can have plain, wheat bread. Quality, whole wheat bread is packed full of fiber that may aid in their digestion.
You can give your dog banana bread. Bananas are a nutritious snack for everyone in the family, including your dog. Just remember to avoid chocolate and nuts — they can make your dog sick!
Bread cannot become a major component of a dog’s diet. While it shouldn’t trigger a trip to the vet’s office, a dog shouldn’t eat bread regularly. Here are a few things to consider when incorporating bread into your dogs’ lifestyle.
Garlic , raisins, and certain nuts are toxic to dogs. Be sure to educate the young children in your house about what foods they can share with your dog to avoid accidental poisoning. Even though raisin toast or garlic bread may smell good, do not give it to your dog no matter how cute they look when they’re begging!
Unlike their ancient ancestors who spent more hours walking long distances between meals, housepets are fed regularly — dogs evolved to eat with us and it makes them happy. But let’s not let the happy feeling go too far, as bread and other baked goods are high in sugar which may translate into obesity, tooth decay, and other troublesome health issues for dogs.
Be cautious that your dog doesn’t get into the dough if you bake your bread. The yeast in the raw bread dough will continue to ferment in their stomach, causing bloating and alcohol toxicosis.
Some dogs have wheat allergies or are gluten intolerant.² It is best to consult your veterinarian if you suspect that your pet has food allergies or intolerances. They can conduct allergy testing and craft a diet specifically for your dog.
Another ingredient to be wary of in bread or baked goods is xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs. Be sure to read the ingredients list on store-bought loaves of bread that are marked “low fat” or “sugar-free.” These types of products often contain xylitol.³