Can I Give My Dog Bread?

Can I Give My Dog Bread?Does your buddy beg for bread? This staple food doesn’t seem dangerous for dogs, but there are downsides. Reconsider sharing slices with a precious pet.

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Most dogs will gladly wolf down any bread being offered. Be more selective about what goes in Fido’s stomach. This food amounts to filler and lacks nutritional value.

Bread also contains too many carbs for canines. It’s best not to share with your dog, especially on a regular basis. At the very least, keep portions to a minimum.

Can I Give My Dog Bread? Answer: Yes, but not regularly

Pets will pack on the pounds and there are many other pitfalls.

Bread isn’t a good choice for a dog treat. While not directly harmful, it amounts to filler food. White bread in particular lacks vitamins and minerals. Foods with a high Glycemic Index should be restricted for dogs. A loaf of bread, or a bagel, won’t provide anything but carbohydrates and maybe a tummy ache.

Be sure to limit your dog’s portions of bread or, better yet, don’t feed this food.

Bread Makes Dogs Fat

You really shouldn’t regularly feed bread to a pet dog. Being high in sugar, calories and carbs are just a few obvious reasons. Avoid making your dog sluggish and overweight.

More pets than ever face obesity and only owners are to blame. Regular exercise (play time) usually isn’t enough to offset a doughy dog diet. This young person knows why bread isn’t great!

Problematic for Pets

Everyone knows bread is mostly filler. What you may not realize is this food may affect your dog’s digestive system in some very concerning ways.

Too much bread could abnormally expand the stomach, which is bad enough, but any yeast can also complicate matters.

Ethanol poisoning or toxicosis is unlikely, though it can occur if bread yeast ferments in your dog’s stomach. It can be quite serious.

More Reasons Against

Feeding this filler food with regularity will create a bad begging habit. This will not only be unhealthy but also difficult to reverse.

Also, consider that some fancier breads contain raisins and/or nuts which are potentially toxic for dogs. Yet another reason why pets shouldn’t partake.

Better Quality Breads

Homemade breads will obviously be a bit healthier for your dog compared to those with preservatives.

By the same token, whole grain is superior to regular supermarket white bread. Nevertheless, none are recommended.

It is true that bread is sometimes given to ease stomach discomfort or minor canine constipation. There are usually better options.

Fido’s Dietary Fiber

There are some nutrients in bread but, still, it’s a net negative for dogs. We don’t think the dietary fiber outweighs the many downsides.

If you want to supplement your dog’s diet look to chickpeas, oatmeal or even pumpkin. They’re better options for similar nutrients, including fiber.

Conclusion on Giving Bread

Bread isn’t a good choice for a dog. It lacks nutritional value and is high in carbs. Bread often contains additives and preservatives. This food is also too filling and your dog is likely to be overweight from eating bread often. Using any kind, as a treat, can easily turn into begging and the beginning of obesity.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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