We all love pizza. Pizza is 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?
Here we will explore one of the most popular questions among conscientious dog owners today. Surely, we want to share our favorite food with our favorite companion at home. But responsible dog owners, masters, and dog lovers want to make sure that their beloved pet’s health and safety are not put at risk.
It’s been said again and again that pets, particularly dogs, should not be given people food. Humans have different body systems than dogs. Although there are people foods that can be beneficial to the canine breed, there are also certain varieties of human food that are simply toxic and fatal to dogs.
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’s like feeding your dog (your best bud) little doses of poison every time you share a slice of pizza with him or her.
Most pizza toppings belong to the “not good for dogs” list. These toppings include cheese, garlic, onion, mushroom and tomatoes. Moreover, a slice of pizza contains high amounts of oil, spices and salt and these are not good for your canine friend at all.
You really should be careful what you feed your dogs. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has even listed people food as the number 3 culprit for a majority of cases that involve poisoning in dogs.
Exploring Pizza Toppings
Onion and garlic are very common ingredients in a pizza. These are also 2 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 onions and garlic. Too much onion and garlic can cause diarrhea, vomiting and even anemia in dogs.
Mushrooms are another popular pizza topping that is beneficial to people but extremely dangerous for dogs. You see, mushrooms have high protein and amino acid content; and these can damage a dog’s kidneys, intestines and liver. Too much mushroom can cause a coma and even immediate death in dogs.
We all love extra cheese on our pizza too! Unfortunately the milk product present in the cheese is actually harmful to dogs. Dogs are generally lactose intolerant and cheese can cause them to have digestive problems.
Pizza sauce makes use of tomato ingredients and these are bad for dogs as well. Tomatoes can cause a dog to have tremors, uncontrollable trembling and more serious cases can lead to the development of heart arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.
If you aren’t convinced yet, pizza contains high amounts of oil, salt and other spices that are simply toxic for dogs.
Too much fatty food can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Note that the total body weight of a dog is generally lighter than the total weight of an average adult person; and as such, they can be affected by small portions of toxic people food.
What You Should Do
No matter how much your dog begs for pizza, don’t give in! You can keep a supply of your dog’s favorite dog treats at home so that you will always have something to give him or her when the begging for pizza starts.
You need to be firm and you have to resist the temptation of sharing your pizza with your dog if you want your canine friend to be with you for a very long time. That’s why commercial dog food and dog treats have been invented. Their body system has different nutritional requirements than the human body and it needs a different form of maintenance and nutrition too.
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 dog buddy, you should consult a vet first in order to be sure that the food is safe for your dog to consume. But as far as pizza is concerned, simply consider this as a definite no-no.