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Your dog is probably more than happy to help with any pasta leftovers you may have!
But is this classic Italian cuisine okay for canines?
Here’s the deal:
Being low in nutrients and high in carbohydrates, pasta really shouldn’t be fed to dogs — at least not in big portions or on a regular basis.
While giving your dog a bit of pasta is not dangerous, try not to make a habit of it.
Do Not Routinely Feed Your Dog Pasta
Adding a bunch of carbs means your buddy will pack on the pounds. Even plain pasta will eventually result in a sluggish and overweight pet dog.
Go easy! Moderation is a must.
Strictly limit the amount of pasta your little guy gets to eat. Strive to keep their diet as simple and as healthy as possible.
Seriously! When you share, it is important to ration pasta portions.
But, quite honestly, frequently feeding the family dog pasta is an overall bad idea.
Pasta’s High Carbohydrates
Truth be told, it’s best not to give your dog any pasta and especially if they are already a bit heavy.
Again, this popular food just has too many carbs. Pasta is a big contributor to human obesity and it can certainly make Fido fat too.
A quality diet, for any dog, should not contain a bunch of starch.
Remember that pasta is basically a filler food. Not optimal!
Curious Canines And Carbs
Sure, your dog can chow down this staple Italian food made from flour.
But the thing is your animal’s stomach can’t process pasta as well as the human digestive system. Besides, dogs require lots of calcium and protein — not calories from carbs.
Still want to give pasta now and then?
One piece of advice would be to go with whole wheat. It’s healthier!
Many Types of Pasta
There are many kinds of pasta (noodles) yet they are all fairly similar.
Here is what’s popular:
Unfortunately, none are beneficial for dogs.
What about spaghetti and meatballs?
Adding a morsel of meat (protein) isn’t bad. That’d be a more balanced meal.
As for the sauce in your typical pasta dish, read up on feeding your dog tomatoes!
Gluten And Gut Heath
Keep your dog’s digestive system as healthy as possible.
Understand that pasta, and foods like it, are also high in gluten which may cause all sorts of difficult-to-diagnose problems. And that’s in addition to weight gain!
Leftover pasta, despite being cheap and convenient, is a poor choice. Reconsider sharing with your dog and, instead, stick to lean meats for much needed protein.
Tasty Is Not Terrific
Dogs, by their nature, are typically opportunistic eaters. They are usually up for delicious pasta, but you should be extra choosy with food scraps.
Garlic is often an ingredient in Italian cuisine. Too dangerous!
The Bottom Line
Careful giving your dog a bunch of pasta.
At the very least, limit portions due to a lack of nutrients and an abundance of carbs.
Feeding pasta often is a bad habit to get into. And it’ll eventually cause your dog to be overweight.
Just a taste is a reasonable policy.