Pancakes are very popular for breakfast and are greatly enjoyed by many. Since this food is often a routine part of starting a day, it’s fair to say that dogs are quite familiar with it. The first meal of the day is often preceded by hunger which makes a serving of pancakes that much more attractive for a hungry dog who’s ready to chow down.
Breakfast is a great way to spend time with family but including your dog in on your morning meals can sometimes present a dilemma. Does the family dog focus in on the pancake sitting on your plate?
Maybe you are weighing the pros and cons of feeding them a simple plain pancake or one that’s loaded up with all kinds of syrup, nuts or other tasty treats. We’ll help you decide about feeding your pup this delicious breakfast treat. Maybe you don’t need to feed so guilty about it!
Can I Give My Dog Pancakes? Answer: Occasionally
Every once in awhile they can be given to your dog.
But generally, giving dogs table scraps on any kind of regular basis isn’t a good idea. Besides developing bad eating habits, something like regular pancake consumption can also cause health issues like obesity and diabetes. Make sure you limit such unhealthy foods and your dog should be okay.
There are a few ingredients that go with pancakes that should definitely be avoided for your dog’s sake. We’ll cover those below!
Prohibited Pancake Ingredients
When treating a dog to pancakes, you should only feed them a small portion of the plain variety unless they’re topped with some healthy fruits or something else that’s natural. It’s very important not to put chocolate or most nuts in or on the pancakes. As you may know, chocolate pancakes could be life threatening to your dog.
Other toppings which are typical for pancakes like butter, whipped cream and syrups should be avoided as well. Too much fat, sugar and milk or other dairy items should also be seriously limited.
Most folks realize that excessive consumption of these unhealthy fats and sugars makes for a poor diet, by everyone but especially for dogs, because it could lead to obesity and diabetes. It should also be noted that milk is highly questionable since the majority of dogs are lactose intolerant.
Limiting People Food
Unless you make your own dog food, limit the people foods that you give to your dog. Canines mostly need meats with proteins in their diets. Many human foods present something of a grey area and so owners provide all sorts of things for their dogs. While pancakes aren’t especially hazardous for a special four-legged friend, other foods should strictly be avoided such as raisins, grapes, and several types of nuts.
It’s also important to watch how much salt you give your dog. Sodium can cause high blood pressure and other health problems like elevated cholesterol levels. Many people don’t consciously realize that dogs can develop dietary health problems just like you or me. That’s why watching your dog’s diet so critical for keeping them as healthy and happy as possible.
Bad Habits & Your Dog
Development of good eating habits, preferably when a dog is still a puppy, is the way to go. On the other hand, if you regularly feed a dog things like pancakes, they’ll be there every night waiting for that unhealthy treat. You don’t want your canine begging at the table like this. If you teach them when they’re young, they won’t crave such human foods to begin with.
Dogs can still be part of the family though and may be fed, at the same time, when you are having dinner or breakfast. But they shouldn’t normally be given the same foods that you are eating.
Conclusion on Pancakes
Dogs can have a pancake but not too many or too often since they contain dairy and sugars. It’s basically just filler for them and excessive human foods such as this type can lead to health problems and should be limited. A pancake treat to once in awhile is okay but there are certainly better treats available.