We all love pizza and it’s often listed in the top 10 all-time favorite foods of people from all walks of life. Most dogs love pizza too, but is it good for them?
This is one of the most popular questions among conscientious dog owners. Many want to share our favorite food with their K9 companion while at home. At the same time, responsible dog owners and canine lovers want to make sure their beloved pet’s health and safety are not put at unnecessary risk.
It’s been said again and again that dogs should not be given people food. We process food somewhat differently than dogs do. Although there are people foods that can be beneficial to the canine breed, there are also certain varieties of human foods which are simply toxic and fatal to dogs. Let’s make the judgement call on dogs and pizza.
Can I Give My Dog Pizza? Answer: No
Believe it or not, pizza is one of the most dangerous foods that you can give to your beloved pet dog. In a nutshell, it could be like feeding your dog (your best bud) little doses of poison every time you share a slice of pizza with them.
While pizza in general comes in many variations, most pizza toppings belong to the “not good for dogs” list. These toppings include cheese, garlic and onions. Mushroom and tomatoes are probably okay but the entire combination is highly questionable.
You really should be very careful what you feed your dogs. The ASPCA has listed people food as one of the top culprits for cases that involve poisoning in dogs. Giving pizza for your K9, especially on a regular basis, is definitely discouraged.
Exploring Pizza Toppings
Onion and garlic are very common ingredients, toppings, for making a pizza. These happen to be two of the most deadly ingredients for dogs. Unlike humans, dogs lack the enzymes that are needed to process and break down the Thiosulfate components present in garlic and onions. Too much of these foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting and even anemia in your dog.
We all love extra cheese on our pizza as well! Unfortunately, the milk content present in the cheese is also unhealthy for dogs. Canines are generally lactose intolerant and cheese can cause them to have digestive problems even though you may not be able to observe it most times.
More Bad Aspects
Pizza contains high amounts of oil, salt and other spices that are toxic for dogs. Just because they consume what you give them doesn’t mean their bodies will agree with it.
Finally, too much fatty food (especially of the human variety) can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Consider that the total body weight of a dog is generally lighter than the weight of an average adult person; as such, they can be greatly affected by even small portions of toxic people food.
What You Should Do
No matter how much your dog begs for pizza, you shouldn’t give in! Instead keep a supply of your dog’s favorite dog treats at home so that you will always have something to give your dog when the begging for pizza starts. Don’t let them clean up the leftovers just because you are stuffed and there is still one slice remaining!
You need to be firm and you have to resist the temptation of sharing pizza with your dog if you want your canine friend to be with you for a very long time. Get into good habits and avoid bad ones, such as sharing pizza, whenever possible.
Commercial dog food and dog treats, the quality ones, have been developed for this very reason. Your dog’s system has different nutritional requirements than the human body and it needs a different form of maintenance and nutrition as well. Pizza just isn’t going to cut it.
Live Happily Ever After
By resisting the urge of giving most people food to your favorite pet, you can add more healthy years to their life. If you still want to share some of your food stuff with your K9 buddy, you should do so in moderation and be educated on which foods are best.
Always be 100% sure that the food is safe for your dog to consume beforehand. As far as pizza is concerned, simply consider this as a definite no-no.