Have you ever wondered…. Can my dog eat bread? The answer is yes! Plain white bread is a safe treat for dogs. However, there are some things you need to make sure of before giving your dog some types of bread.
You should make sure your dog isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients in the bread, making sure the bread is thoroughly cooked, and checking for additional ingredients.
Testing for Bread Allergies
Although not particularly common, some dogs could be allergic to wheat or possibly other ingredients used to make bread.
Outside of the vet clinic, the only way to test this is to give your dog a small amount of bread and closely observe them for the next 12 hours. True allergies will result in serious reactions like difficulty breathing or even anaphylactic shock.
Generally, Food sensitivities could cause less serious but still distressing symptoms like itching, diarrhea, or vomiting.
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Banning Raw Bread
Never give your dog bread dough or it could bring very serious consequences. Bread dough is listed in the Merck Veterinary Manual as among the Food Hazards for dogs.
If ingested, the dough could rise inside the dog’s stomach and cause severe distress or fatal bloating. Even worse, the gases formed by rising dough in the stomach could bring toxic levels of ethanol in the bloodstream.
Check for Additional Ingredients
If you’re giving your dog commercial bread, make sure the additional ingredients aren’t toxic. Some extra bread ingredients to watch out for are raisins, garlic, and nuts.
Also, try to avoid giving you dog bread with a very high sugar content but also make sure that alternative sugars like xylitol aren’t used instead.
Can your dog eat bread? Yes. However, remember that, while safe to consume, bread isn’t necessarily healthy for dogs so don’t give them too much, too often.
In conclusion, as long as you make sure that your dog isn’t allergic and that you only give thoroughly baked bread without any toxic ingredients, bread makes for a good occasional treat.
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