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Pizza is an all-time favorite food and dogs love it too!
But here’s the deal when it comes to sharing:
While a single slice is likely no harm done, regularly feeding your dog pizza is by no means a good idea.
Make it a habit or get carried away and it could be bad for your buddy’s digestion.
Your Dog Should Not Regularly Eat Pizza
And additional ingredients, such as garlic and onions, make this super popular food totally off limits.
Other toppings, like mushrooms and tomatoes, aren’t so bad for your dog.
But in general, canines really should not even be eating regular pizza — definitely not recommended.
Why not save those leftovers for tomorrow? Cold pizza, crust and all, tastes great anyway!
More on Those Toppings
Onion and garlic are fairly typical pizza toppings and these ingredients are a bit dangerous.
Wondering exactly why?
Dogs lack the enzymes for processing and breaking down Thiosulfate components in garlic and onions.
Common consequences are diarrhea, vomiting and even anemia.
Cheese’s Lactose Factor
We all love tasty cheese on our pizza.
The problem is it may not fully agree with your dog’ stomach. Most animals are basically lactose intolerant.
And quite honestly too much cheese can cause all sorts of digestive problems even though you may not be able to personally observe it.
Pizza Dubious For Dogs
Pizza also has a combination of oil, salt and other spices. There is certainly potential for toxicity.
Consider this as well:
Too much consumption of fatty foods may cause a dog to eventually develop pancreatitis.
That would be quite concerning. And it is entirely avoidable!
So it cannot be stressed enough:
Pets can absolutely be affected by dubious people foods including pizza.
Obesity And Bad Habits
Do not give in! It does not matter how much your dog begs for pizza!
That means no leftover slices for Fido.
Nowadays obesity is a real issue for dogs.
And it is even more important to resist sharing if a best bud is already overweight.
The Dangers of Dough
The primary ingredient in pizza is, of course, dough.
It doesn’t contain any nutrition.
More importantly, yeast in raw dough has potential to kill your dog.
How can this occur?
Because of its ability to bloat the stomach. This scary condition (AKA Bloat) needs more awareness among owners!
Warning: Raw dough can be seriously dangerous for dogs. Really!
Good Recipe For Rover?
Looking for a decent idea?
Check out this excellent video for a dog-friendly pizza recipe!
You could also try New York style pizza-flavored chewy dog treats!
The Bottom Line
It really is best to avoid giving pizza to your dog.
If you still want to share, be sure to do so in strict moderation. And, consider each and every topping.
We view pizza to be a poor choice and a no-no for dogs.