We all love pizza and it 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?
This is one of the most popular questions among conscientious dog owners today. 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 risk.
It’s been said again and again that pets, particularly dogs, should not be given people food. Humans 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 that are simply toxic and fatal to dogs. Let’s make the 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’s like feeding your dog (your best bud) little doses of poison every time you share a slice of pizza with him or her.
While pizza in general comes in many variations, 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 very careful what you feed your dogs. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has even 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 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 garlic and onion. Too much of these foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting and even anemia in dogs.
Mushrooms are another popular pizza topping that is generally beneficial for people but extremely dangerous for dogs. Most mushrooms contain high protein and amino acid content; these can damage your dog’s kidneys, intestines and liver. Too much mushroom consumption can cause a coma and even immediate death in dogs.
We all love extra cheese on our pizza too! Unfortunately, the milk content present in the cheese is also unhealthy for dogs. Dogs are generally lactose intolerant and cheese can cause them to have digestive problems even though you may not be able to observe it all the time.
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. Just because they consume what you give them doesn’t mean their bodies agree with it.
Finally, too much fatty food (especially of the human variety) can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Please note that the total body weight of a dog is generally lighter than the total weight of an average adult person; as such, they can be greatly 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. 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 this, 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.
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 food are best. Always be 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.