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?
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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