Can I Give My Dog Pizza?

Can I Give My Dog Pizza?Pizza is always listed as an all-time favorite food. Most dogs love it too, but is it okay for them? This question is somewhat tricky.

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All pizzas are not created equal. Obviously, you want to ensure the health and safety of your dog. So let’s cover all the angles here.

Certain ingredients are potentially toxic. It’s best not to complicate your best buddy’s diet. This is our judgement call regarding dogs and pizza.

Can I Give My Dog Pizza? Answer: No

Believe it or not, certain toppings can be dangerous and even plain is best avoided.

While pizzas come in lots of variations, many of the toppings are questionable such as cheese, garlic and onions. Mushroom and tomatoes are probably okay but the entire combination may be risky. Consider that the ASPCA lists human foods as one of the top culprits for cases involving pet poisoning.

Save the leftovers for yourself since cold pizza, crust and all, tastes great anyway!

More on the Toppings

Onion and garlic are common pizza toppings. Unfortunately, these ingredients could be dangerous for dogs. Unlike humans, your dog lacks enzymes needed to process and break down the Thiosulfate components in garlic and onions. They can cause diarrhea or vomiting and even anemia.

We all love cheese on our pizza but it may not agree with your dog. A little bit isn’t likely to be harmful but canines are generally lactose intolerant. Further, too much cheese can cause digestive problems even though you may not be able to observe it most times.

Check out this video for an appropriate dog-friendly pizza recipe!

Critical Considerations

Pizza contains high amounts of oil, salt and other spices that have the potential for some degree of toxicity. In addition, too much fatty food (especially of the human variety) can contribute to your dog developing pancreatitis over time.

Consider that the total body weight of a typical dog is much less than that of an average adult person. As such, they can be greatly affected by even small portions of harmful people food including pizza.

Obesity and Bad Habits

No matter how much your dog begs for pizza, don’t give in! They shouldn’t be cleaning up the leftovers just because you are stuffed and there’s still one or two slices remaining. This is even true for plain pizza, any kind really. Doing so is a bad feeding habit. Obesity is becoming a real problem for dogs. If your best bud is already overweight resist sharing.

Also consider that the primary ingredient, the dough, doesn’t contain any nutrition or what your dog actually needs to be healthy. Commercial dog food and dog treats, the quality ones, have been developed for this very reason. So there are good alternatives, no excuses.

Your dog’s system has somewhat different nutritional requirements than humans do even though dogs will often chow down on nearly anything. Simply put, pizza just isn’t going to cut it for Fido.

Conclusion on Pizza

Resist giving pizza to your dog, especially on a regular basis. If you still want to share some with your buddy, do so in moderation and consider each of the pizza’s toppings because several can be harmful. We consider pizza a poor choice and a no-no for dogs due to the reasons given above.

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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 about the welfare of all animals.


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