Can I Give My Dog Pasta?

Can I Give My Dog Pasta?Pasta produces lots of leftovers and your dog is probably happy to help. It’s nice to share with a best buddy, but is this staple cuisine something that is appropriate for pets?

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Most pastas are low in nutrients, high in carbs and contain unhealthy flours. So while you can allow your dog to have some on occasion, this Italian food shouldn’t be fed in big portions or with much frequency.

Giving a bit of pasta to your dog, once in awhile, is not dangerous. But try to keep the humans foods that you share as simple and healthy as possible. Beloved pets should be eating things that help them to thrive.

Can I Give My Dog Some Pasta? Answer: Not toxic, but not a great choice either

This food is very high in carbohydrates and it won’t provide much benefit.

Pasta isn’t toxic for dogs and won’t directly cause harm. That said, it could make them a bit sluggish and overweight especially if fed too often and too much. So don’t turn your back, if your dog gets into a whole pot of pasta, because there are real reasons to limit this Italian cuisine for canines.

Pasta is Very High in Carbs

If your dog has weight management problems, it’s best not to give them any pasta since it contains lots of carbohydrates. Just as pasta contributes to human obesity, it can also lead to an overweight pet dog.

Your dog can process some carbs, but not at such a high level, and not by themselves. If you give them some pasta, make sure you give them a morsel of meat to go with it. For example, if you’re having spaghetti and meatballs, try to give them a meatball to go with their noodle.

Canines require a balanced diet but, above all else, they need plenty of protein from a good meat source.

Your Dog Requires Protein

Dogs are carnivores and pasta wouldn’t be one of their top picks in their natural environment. Since there’s no nutritional benefit, you can forgo giving them pasta and just stick to their regular diet of a high-quality dog food.

If you’re wondering which dog food is best, just ask your vet the next time you have a scheduled visit. They’ll give you a proper recommendation for your dog’s size, weight, breed and history. They’ll also tailor a plan if your dog needs to gain or lose some pounds.

Using Pasta as a K9 Treat

If you want to give a dog some pasta as an occasional treat, it won’t disrupt their system too much, and won’t lead to immediate weight gain. Because of it’s mushy, al-dente nature it may stick to your dog’s teeth so you’ll want to give them a brushing afterwards.

Think Like a Wild Animal

There are plenty of superior foods, instead of pasta, to feed your dog. Noodles are cheap and convenient but they are a poor choice when used as a regular treat. So, do not share with your dog every time your family has a pasta dish on the table. Stick to lean meats that will provide much needed protein to your dog.

Consider foods that are closer to what your animal would eat in the wild. Forget pasta!

Boring Food is Good

Dogs, if you let them, are opportunistic eaters and so pasta is always a possibility. But your pet doesn’t need any of your food scraps. Their dog food is designed to give them all that they need.

It’s fine to be a boring dog feeder, as long as the food is healthy and well-suited for their dietary needs. Remove it from your head that your dog needs a taste of what you’re eating and that certainly includes pasta.

Conclusion on Pasta

Your own desires for food, including pasta, does not transfer over to your dog. Bad feeding habits may give you temporary satisfaction, but your dog doesn’t benefit. At the very least, restrict pasta when it comes to your precious pet pooch.

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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 very much about the welfare of all animals.


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9 thoughts on “Can I Give My Dog Pasta?

  1. Janet Reynolds

    My Golden Retriever has a dodgy tummy. She has had bouts of diarrhea so I now feed her a few dog biscuit meal, some cooked pasta and rice and about a third of a tin of meat. It’s about six months since she last had a tummy upset. I’m hoping I’m not doing anything wrong.

  2. DorrieL

    Dogs are not carnivores. They are omnivores. Most commercial dog foods, even premium brands, are a death sentence. Imagine eating dried kibble, cooked at high heat which kills much of value, every day of your life. Even if it started out with decent ingredients, which many of them don’t, it isn’t food by the time it’s in their bowl. Balanced homemade diets are better and that might occasionally include pasta.

    1. Howard

      I agree. I have studied in great detail what goes into commercial dog foods and they are full of toxins and chemicals which are killing our dogs at younger and younger ages. I feed my dog brown pasta, brown rice, boiled potatoes, sardines, pilchards, white fish, chicken and boiled eggs including the shell. She has blossomed since I ceased using dried kibble.

      1. Gary

        Totally agree. I have a small Terrier that thrives on fish, chicken and small amounts of vegetables added in. She loves a treat on top, but don’t we all in moderation.

  3. Cathi

    I disagree. People can live on weight watchers for the rest of their lives and be perfectly fine and receive a healthy diet. That does not mean they have to like it. Candy bars aren’t good for us but we still eat them because it tastes good. I expect a dog or any other creature is no different. They also know what tastes good and just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean they want it.

    1. Lynne

      If we were never given a candy bar, we wouldn’t know how yummy it is. The same goes for a dog. While the same ol’, same ol’ does seem completely mundane to us, our furry companions don’t know the difference unless we give them options. I made the huge mistake of spoiling my Yorkie with offerings of people food, I thought it was cute. After several trips to the vet and a ton of lectures, I finally got it. My dog is just that, a dog. Now she gets absolutely nothing other than her own dog food. It took her a while to accept this, and even longer for me. Because of my stupidity, her anal glands had to be manipulated once a month and injections of pain meds were also required. Now her own food is offers enough of what she needs to take care of the gland problem on its own.

  4. Terence

    Pasta is a noodle product, made mainly from wheat flour. Wheat is an inexpensive cereal grain nutritionally similar to corn. Wheat can be a GMO ingredient.

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