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Can dogs eat jalapenos?

Can Dogs Eat Jalapenos? Are Jalapenos Toxic To Dogs?

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Can dogs eat jalapenos? Excellent question, and the answer is, they can eat the spicy pepper because it’s non-toxic, but they shouldn’t. Jalapenos are a popular ingredient that people love to add to their recipes. However, because we eat them and they even have some health benefits, it doesn’t follow they are a food that owners should feed their dogs.

If your dog has managed to get hold of a couple of jalapeno peppers, it’s doubtful they’ll do your dog any harm. Spicy peppers are not going to have many positive effects on your dog’s digestive system, even if there are no direct and immediate consequences such as stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Dogs possess a much less developed sense of taste than us humans. For example, we have over 9000 taste buds compared to dogs, who possess on average 1700 taste buds. The extra taste buds give us up to a six-fold increase in our sense of taste, meaning we can tell the difference between thousands of different flavors. Dogs can tell the difference between salt, sour, bitter, and sweet.

Because of a dog’s muted sense of taste, the jalapeno is probably already hitting their stomach before the dog even realizes it’s spicy. If there is going to be a digestive problem, it’s already too late.

Can Dogs Eat Jalapeno Peppers?

As I mentioned, there’s nothing toxic in jalapenos, so there’s no need to panic if your dog inadvertently gets hold of one or two. But, it’s rare to find a dog enjoying spicy foods; usually, dogs react in strange ways when they encounter something spicy. They might lick their lips, sneeze, and swallow constantly; I’ve even seen dogs dive for the water bowl, strange as that may seem.

Jalapeno peppers aren't good for dogs

Besides, it’s hard to imagine a dog searching for a spicy pepper themselves unless it’s food a human is eating, and the dog wants to share.

Large dog breeds would probably have to eat many jalapenos to get sick, but even small amounts of spicy pepper might be enough to cause a severe stomach upset for toy dogs.

 

Are Jalapenos Bad For Dogs?

Jalapenos, along with several spicy and even non-spicy peppers, have plenty of health benefits for humans. However, if you’ve heard from other dog owners or read it somewhere that spicy peppers are suitable for your dog and contain health benefits, I wouldn’t advise you to take any notice.

Any minor health benefit your dog will see from eating spicy jalapeno peppers doesn’t compare to the risk of a gastrointestinal problem your dog might subsequently suffer.

In addition, your dog’s metabolism is not the same as yours. Metabolism works by breaking down food and turning it into energy. A dog’s metabolism cannot break down food the same way as your body can.

There is plenty of information you can find online that lists foods that are toxic for dogs. However, as a responsible dog owner, you should never assume that because a particular type of food doesn’t appear on a list somewhere, it’s safe for your dog to eat.

 

Can Dogs Eat Jalapeno Chips?

As dog owners, we all love to treat our pets to a little bit of what we’re eating. It’s natural and understandable. Besides, how can you possibly pretend you can’t see your fur buddy sitting there, their eyes following your hand from the snack bag or plate to your mouth.

Tortilla  chips with jalapenos

But because we’re responsible pet owners and want to ensure our dogs stay as fit and healthy as possible, we have to draw the line at some snacks.

Jalapeno chips are one of those snacks. There’s no nutritional value whatsoever in jalapeno chips. Forget jalapenos themselves do nothing for your dog’s digestive system, except maybe cause your dog to vomit or have diarrhea; look at what goes into typical chips. Potatoes, sunflower or canola oil, dextrose, salt, sugar, maltodextrin, onion powder, spices, yeast, garlic powder, and jalapeno powder. There are half a dozen ingredients on that list we should never feed to our dogs.

 

Can Dogs Eat Jalapeno Poppers?

For those readers unaware of what a jalapeno popper is, let me explain. Take a whole spicy jalapeno, hollow out the pepper and stuff it with a mixture of ground meat, cheese, and spices. Whoever is cooking them can dip them in breadcrumbs or not and deep fry them. Sometimes, the poppers can be wrapped in bacon and then deep-fried.

Homemade breaded jalapeno poppers

They might make a delicious snack for humans, but healthy they are not, for dogs or humans.

In addition, if your dog manages to steal one or a few before you get around to cooking them, there’s the added health hazard of raw bacon. There can be bacteria in the bacon that might give your dog food poisoning. Even if there are no bacteria in the meat, pork is very fatty and rich, and plenty of dogs can’t tolerate pork.

 

Can Dogs Eat Jalapeno Cheetos?

An excellent reason for not feeding your dog jalapeno Cheetos is they are eating empty calories. Everything your dog consumes adds up to calories that should come off his daily calorific allowance.

Cheetos have zero nutritional value. You’re probably not going to reduce his usual food by the number of empty Cheetos calories, so you’ll end up overfeeding your dog. The result is obesity, heart, lungs, bones, and joint problems for your beloved dog down the road.

In addition, there are several ingredients in Cheetos that are particularly bad for your dog’s health. For example, there’s high saturated fat and added salt, onion, and garlic powders. Plus, of course, the jalapeno spiciness, which, as we’ve mentioned, can lead to digestive issues.

If you feel guilty eating your Cheetos in front of your dog without offering him one or two, may I suggest for your health sake and your dog’s you find a healthier snack?

 

Conclusion

So, can dogs eat jalapenos? They can if you feed it to them. However, it’s a terrible idea. Any nutritional value to your dog is by far outweighed by the possible harm it will do to your dog’s digestive tract. In addition, you might make your dog feel particularly uncomfortable and miserable with vomiting and diarrhea in the short term.

Can dogs eat lobster?

Can Dogs Eat Lobster? Yes, but be careful!

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If you’re a fan of seafood, you may be wondering: “Can dogs eat lobster?” or other shellfish with you. Lobster for dogs may seem a bit pricey, but feeding dogs shellfish like lobster, crayfish, crabs, or shrimp is an exciting and novel form of protein for those that live near the sea.

In fact, some gourmet dog food companies have jumped on the bandwagon, creating grain free seafood with lobster. However, dogs need specific nutrients in the right balance. So before you feed your dog lobster, we need to take a closer look at whether dogs can eat lobster, and whether lobster and other shellfish is even good for dogs.

Can dogs eat lobster?

Yes, dogs can eat lobster and other shellfish, but this needs to be fed with care. For instance, the high sodium content can be bad for dogs with kidney problems. Other problems can include the risk of heavy metals and pollutants in seafood or the shell’s dangers for your dog’s digestive tract.

On the other hand, there are some interesting benefits of shellfish for dogs that are interesting. This includes high levels of vitamin B12, minerals, and high levels of amino acids. So while lobster should not form a staple part of the canine diet, some fresh and cooked flesh can be fed in moderate amounts to healthy dogs.

Cooked lobster for dog

Furthermore, like jackfruit, hummus, and avocado, health trends have us reaching for more and more boutique or gourmet foods for our pets. So lobster for dogs might seem like an extravagance, but it is one the pet food industry has already jumped on.

We all want to do the best for our fur babies, so feeding a gourmet commercial pet food that advertises lobster may seem like a good idea. But we will need to look at whether an ingredient such as lobster is worth the often hefty price tag.

First, let’s investigate some of the risks associated with lobster and shellfish, so that we can make an informed decision before adding it to our dog’s diet.

 

Risk feeding lobster and other shellfish to dogs

Just like for humans, feeding our dogs lobster and even other shellfish is not risk free. In fact, there are several potential problems with it.

 

Parasites in Lobster

The major issue is feeding lobster or other shellfish that isn’t fresh or properly cooked or in feeding any part of the lobster that isn’t strictly meat.

For instance, the tomalley is the soft green part of a lobster found in their body cavity. It can contain paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins that can be very dangerous to your dog’s health.

In fact, any raw fish or shellfish is a risk for foodborne parasites. What’s more, they can also be contaminants for bacteria like salmonella and Vibrio vulnificus,  both of which can make your dog very sick.

 

Heavy metals

Another risk of feeding lobster to dogs is the possibility of high levels of heavy metals from polluted waters. Researchers found arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead in the flesh of lobsters from the Persian Gulf.

While they found most of these in relatively safe concentrations, the amount of lead in the lobsters was above the levels that are safe for consumers. If it isn’t safe for consumers, you can assume it isn’t safe for dogs either.

 

Canine allergies to Lobster

While there are no specific studies that tell us what percentage of dogs might be allergic to shellfish, one study on cod suggests that dogs’ allergic reactions to fish are similar to that of humans.

Lobster salad suitable for dog

Shellfish happens to be one of the “big eight” food groups that cause dangerous allergic reactions in humans, and if dogs have similar levels of allergic reactions to humans, shellfish can be just as dangerous to them.

One of the current myths in the dog food world is that grains are the main cause of allergies in dogs. In fact, food allergies in dogs are relatively rare. Only about 10% of total allergic reactions are caused by food, and of those, only 10% of allergies in food allergies are grain allergies. And, only about 0.2% of dogs  actually have food allergies.

Note, this does not mean that grains like corn should form the majority of a dog’s food, only that they aren’t the main cause of food allergies.

But keep in mind, shellfish is not a normal addition to the canine diet. And since poultry and eggs are two of the most common canine food allergies, the possibility that your dog might be allergic to lobster is very real.

 

Incomplete Amino Acid profile

Dogs need precise minimal and maximum amounts of key amino acids in their diets. While lobster and shellfish have better amino acids than most fish, they are low in some of the most essential ones.

They also do not contain thiamine, a critical vitamin for dogs and cats. In fact, a thiamin deficiency can cause a variety of severe health issues and even death.

 

High sodium and cholesterol

As stated above, lobster is high in sodium. It contains about 551mg per 100g of cooked lobster. It is recommended that healthy dogs only get between .25g and 1.5g of salt per 100g of food. This means that a cup of lobster can more than a third of the recommended maximum amount of salt 3.5 ounces of food.

Now that’s for healthy dogs. As stated above, dogs with kidney or other health issues can be severely impacted by the high salt content.

Another problem is the high level of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are associated with a condition known as hyperlipidemia and put dogs at risk of other health concerns such as pancreatitis.

Symptoms of high cholesterol levels in the blood include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Eye and skin problems

 

The Lobster shell

The final danger of eating lobster for dogs is the shell. A dog eating lobster tails or any bits of the crust is at risk of intestinal damage or blockage. So, in short, under no circumstances should a dog be allowed to eat any part of the Lobster that isn’t the properly cooked flesh.

Lobster shell can be dangerous for dogs

But if lobster is so bad, why are some pet food companies adding it to their pet food? The short answer is marketing. Lobster is a gourmet dish, and paw parents who only want their beloved dogs to eat the best might be duped into thinking that lobster is the best. Even so, this doesn’t mean that lobster is completely bad for dogs. Interestingly, there are some benefits to lobster meat for your dog’s diet.

 

Can Lobster be good for dogs?

Some aspects of lobster can be suitable for dogs. For instance, Lobster is very high in protein, even higher than chicken. To be fair to lobster, let’s have a look at its potential benefits.

 

Lobster is a great source of amino acids and proteins for dogs

Lobster has a relatively good amino acid profile when looking at the National Resource Council’s (NRC) recommended amounts per 100 calories.

Using Nutritiondata.com, we can see well a cup of cooked lobster meat (98 calories) does next to the NRC’s recommendations per 100 calories. This gives paw parents who may be considering lobster as a part of their dog’s homemade diet an idea of where lobster hits the mark and where it misses it.

Proteins and amino acids per 98 Kcal of Lobster in grams Recommended in 100Kcal in grams
Protein 20.4g 25g
Arginine 1.79 .88
Histidine .42 .48
Isoleucine .99 .95
Leucine 1.6 1.7
Lysine 1.7 .88
Methionine .58 .83
Methionine + Cystine .23 (cystine) 1.63
Phenylalanine .87 1.13
Phenylalanine + Tyrosine .68 1.85
Threonine .8 1.08
Tryptophan .285g .35
Valine .9 1.23

From this chart, we can see that lobster has most of the amino acids that the NRC recommends. In most cases, it is also very close to the recommended daily amounts per 100kCal. There are some exceptions.

For example, there is not quite enough protein. And some amino acids, such as arginine, are a bit more than what is recommended. Others don’t hit the mark, but in general, they are more than the recommended minimum.

This makes lobster a good source of protein for dogs. It’s worth remembering that most proteins in commercial dog foods are rendered, which means they are cooked at high temperatures for days. This denatures the amino acids, and the extrusion process that follows usually strips the food of its available nutrients.

This is why so many commercial dog foods need to fortify or put back amino acids, vitamins, minerals into the dog food after processing. On dog food labels, you will see this in the number of vitamins and “L–” ingredients that follow the salt content in the food.

Suppose you see something such as “L-Lysine” on your dog food label. In that case, it shows that the original proteins were so damaged by the cooking process, the amino acid had to be artificially replaced.

Therefore, it’s worth noting that despite the risks of lobster, it is an excellent source of natural amino acids, when fed cooked.

 

Lobster is high selenium and copper

Unfortunately, lobster is relatively low in most essential minerals such as iron and calcium. So it should not be considered a complete or balanced meal on its own.

The good news is that it is pretty high in selenium.

Selenium is vital for a dog’s thyroid function and immune system. It is also a fantastic antioxidant. A cup of lobster contains just over half a dog’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) of selenium.

It also contains just a bit more than the RDA for copper. Keep in mind, too much copper can be highly toxic to dogs. But in the right amounts, copper:

  • Helps the metabolism
  • Aids in the structure of the nervous system
  • And helps correct bone formation.

 

Lobster is a good source of vitamin B12

A cup of cooked lobster meat contains about half the amount of vitamin B12, also called cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is necessary for:

  • Healthy brain and nervous systems,
  • The formation of red blood cells,
  • Healthy digestion.

Certain breeds, such as Border Collies, Beagles, Australian Shepherds, Shar-Peis, and Giant Schnauzers, struggle to absorb cobalamin. So it is essential to monitor their intake. It is also one of the most common deficiencies in dogs that are fed a homemade diet, so if you are feeding your dog your own food, be sure to consult a nutritionist to make sure they get the right balance of vitamins such as B12.

 

Can dogs eat other shellfish besides lobster?

In general, shellfish are not recommended for dogs, for the risk mentioned above. But it’s worth noting that for a healthy dog that does not have any liver or kidney problems, a little well-cooked shellfish meat here and there is not bad for them. In fact, the proteins in lobster are pretty good.

Can dogs eat shellfish?

Other shellfish, such as crabs, prawns, and shrimp, are also quite low in fat and high in protein. Crab is also a good source of zinc, selenium, vitamin B12, and Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids.

Shrimp has similar benefits, but is also higher in iron, niacin, phosphorus, and zinc.

Unfortunately, the potential for allergies, pollutants, and contaminants makes shellfish not the best choices for our canine companions. The high levels of cholesterol is also not a good indicator.

 

Is commercial pet food with lobster good for your dog?

Lobster is an expensive ingredient, so finding commercial dog food with significant amounts of lobster can be difficult, and companies can often be misleading.

Let’s look at the ingredient of one such brand of dry dog food and see what the label can tell us.

North Paw Grain-Free Atlantic Seafood with Lobster Adult Dog food can tell us two things, just from the name.

Firstly, it is part of the grain-free wave of pet foods that recently hit the market. Be warned, these grain-free pet foods have been linked to more cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). It’s not clearly understood why, but it’s thought that the pet food manufacturers use starch from peas, legumes, and potatoes to make up for not having the grains.

In particular, the pea and lentil flour has higher levels of protein, allowing the manufacturers to put in less actual animal protein. Together with the extra fiber that interferes with taurine absorption, the lack of animal protein may be leading to a taurine deficiency, and eventually to DCM.

The second point to note about the label is that it specifies “with Lobster,” not that lobster is the main ingredient. According to FDA guidelines, any pet food that specifies “with” only needs to have 3% of that ingredient. Therefore, there is no reason to think there is more than 3% lobster in this food.

Looking at the ingredient list, we get a better idea. We will only look at the ingredients up to salt. Everything after that is the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids replaced after the extrusion process removed from the original food.

  • Herring Meal,
  • Seasonal Fish Meal,
  • Lobster Meal,
  • Sweet Potato,
  • Green Peas,
  • Red Lentils,
  • Chickpeas,
  • Sunflower Oil,
  • Fish Oil
  • Whitefish,
  •  Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Zucchini, Flaxseed, Blueberries, Carrots, Kelp, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine.

From this, we can see that most of the product is fishmeal, that is, every part of a fish ground up. Much of the starch and a portion of the overall protein will also come from the various plants such as chickpeas, green peas, and lentils. This will leave a bad protein profile for dogs, which explains the number of amino acids that have been added to the food.

As a general rule of thumb, most of the food is made up of the first five to seven ingredients, so it is unlikely that there is a significant amount of flaxseed or blueberries in this food. However, even there, one needs to keep in mind that dry food is cooked at such extremely high temperatures that the nutritional value in these foods would largely be removed.

The lesson is that while lobster is a delicacy for us humans, it’s a marketing gimmick for pet food manufacturers. Unless the ingredients specify lobster as only one or two ingredients, as in this cat food, there is unlikely to be very much lobster in it.

 

Final thoughts

In short, dogs can eat lobster, it has some value for dogs. It is high in selenium, vitamin B12, and protein. Nevertheless, it contains many unfortunate risks, such as parasites, pollutants, and contaminants. It can also cause allergies in your dog.

So while a little lobster meat here and there is fine for a healthy dog, it should be avoided as a staple part of their diet.

Can dogs eat jackfruit?

Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit? Is It SAFE?

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Can dogs eat jackfruit as a one-off treat, or are you thinking of adding it to their regular food? Some fruit can be dangerous for dogs; does jackfruit come into that category, or is it perfectly safe?

If you enjoy snacking on jackfruit and would like to offer some to your dog but you’re unsure about the safety aspect, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about dogs and jackfruit.

What Is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit grows primarily in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Africa, and Brazil. Jackfruit comes from the Moraceae plant family, which also includes mulberries, figs, and breadfruit. It’s a fruit but not like any fruit you’ve probably eaten before; people claim it has the consistency of certain types of meat.

Jackfruit - is it safe for dogs?

Young jackfruit doesn’t have any particular taste, and chefs in the regions where it grows add the jackfruit into several savory dishes.

Jackfruit is a source of protein and is low in calories; the fruit also contains fiber and potassium; the seeds harbor a lot more protein than the flesh.

You can eat ripe jackfruit as a fruit, sliced open and the pips removed; it’s sweet-tasting and is better refrigerated. Or you can use it in cooking before the fruit is ripe. Jackfruit is especially excellent as a meat substitute in tacos, curries, stir-fries, burgers, and burritos.

Now you know a little more about jackfruit, let’s address the question can dogs eat jackfruit?

 

Is Jackfruit Safe For Dogs?

Jackfruit is a new fruit in the west and is only recently starting to catch on; this leaves us with limited information. Because it’s so new to the US market, there hasn’t been any real publicity about dogs and jackfruit.

In theory, there shouldn’t be an issue giving a small amount of jackfruit to your dog, but be very cautious at first.

There are several videos online showing dogs and other animals eating jackfruit in the regions where it grows; there doesn’t seem to be any adverse reaction from those dogs. You would think if the dog became ill after filming, the owner of the video would have removed it.

Ripe peeled jackfruit

But as with all different types of food, some dogs have no problem whereas other dogs can fall ill. So there’s no evidence for or against whether jackfruit is safe for all dogs to eat. After all, it’s only in the last twenty to thirty years that vets and scientists discovered grapes were toxic to dogs; even today, it’s unknown what substance in a grape is harmful.

Some humans are allergic to jackfruit, raw or cooked; the fruit is in the birch pollen category. Have you fed figs or breadfruit type fruits to your dog, and he has shown an allergic reaction? If so, it’s not a good idea to try to feed your dog jackfruit.

 

Can Dogs Eat Dried Jackfruit?

Dried fruits can be an excellent treat for dogs because of it’s sweet and has chewy consistency; dogs love to get their teeth into something so tough. However, with all dried fruit, there’s always a lot more sugar content than in the fresh fruit version, so take the extra care you’re not feeding your dog too much dried fruit in his diet.

If you’re eating dried jackfruit and your dog gets hold of a piece or two by accident, keep your eye on him for any sign of a reaction, especially if it’s the first time your dog’s eaten jackfruit.

 

Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit Chips?

Jackfruit chips are a nutritious snack; they have a healthy amount of fiber to help with digestion. But if you’re going to feed them to your dog, you should choose healthy cooking options such as baking or roasting; avoid fried jackfruit chips or chips that have added spices or flavorings.

Feed them to your dog only if you are sure he’s not allergic to jackfruit and only in small quantities.

 

Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit Pulp?

As mentioned, providing there’s no allergy, your dog should be fine eating jackfruit meat in small quantities. However, the fruit sits inside a white sticky layer known as latex. This substance needs removing before you give your dog any fruit.

Woman making jackfruit pulp

 

Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit Seeds?

Animal studies suggest jackfruit helps reduce LDL (harmful) cholesterol levels while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. A 2015 study found that when rats ate a diet high in jackfruit seeds, their LDL levels reduced, and their HDL levels increased.

Humans may get these benefits by eating jackfruit seeds that have been boiled or roasted; raw jackfruit seeds are toxic for humans.

You should avoid feeding your dog jackfruit seeds raw or cooked; the main reason is they are a choking hazard.

 

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Jackfruit?

Cooked or raw jackfruit is the same as far as any health benefits. The issue will be with what is cooked with the jackfruit. The fruit is often cooked with many herbs and spices, especially if it’s cooked in a curry dish. Many of these dishes contain onions and garlic, which can be exceptionally bad for a dog’s health. People also often eat jackfruit with tortillas but we wouldn’t advise you to feed your dog with it.

Jackfruit curry with tortilla

 

Is Jackfruit Good For Dogs?

There are some health benefits for humans when they eat jackfruit, but not much is known whether those benefits will pass to dogs. Can my dog eat jackfruit? If you give them small pieces of the flesh only and providing they have no allergic reactions, then yes. But dog owners must not give seeds, latex, and rind to their dogs.

There is fiber and vitamins A and C, but there’s probably healthier fruit, such as berries and apples, that offer the same nutrients without any possible risks.

 

Other Fruits Dogs Can Eat And Can’t Eat

Apples

Yes, apples are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber. Because they are low in protein and fat, an older dog can also happily snack on an apple.

Avocado

No, you should avoid feeding your dog avocado. There is a toxic substance within avocados called persin; while it would take a lot of this substance to harm your dog, it’s best to ignore this fruit.

Bananas

Yes, bananas are an excellent source of potassium, vitamins, biotin, and fiber. Ripe bananas contain a lot more sugar than when they are unripe, so beware of that and only give it as a treat and sparingly.

Cherries

No, don’t feed your dog cherries unless you give small amounts of the flesh. Cherry pits contain cyanide if your dog cracks one open, and if he doesn’t and swallows it whole, it’s a choking hazard.

Papaya

Yes, dogs can eat papaya; it’s an excellent mouthwatering treat for dogs. Papaya is rich in fiber, has plenty of vitamins, folate, calcium, and potassium. Make sure you remove the pips before your feed papaya because they contain small amounts of cyanide.

 

Final Thoughts – Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit?

Because jackfruit is a relatively new fruit to the west, it’s challenging to say if it’s suitable for dogs or not. There’s been no evidence that it’s harmful to dogs to eat jackfruit, providing we’re only talking about the fruit’s flesh—seeds, latex, and rind as a dog owner, you should avoid.

In fairness, the risks outweigh the benefits for dogs eating jackfruit; there are better alternatives to choose from should you wish to provide your dog with fruit.

Can dogs eat waffles?

Can Dogs Eat Waffles? What About Waffles With Maple Syrup?

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Can Dogs Eat Waffles? Before you feed your dog any human food, you must check first if it’s not only safe but worthwhile; for example, it’s not toxic to dogs, but the food is empty calories, so nutritionally, there’s really no point.

Waffles aren’t toxic or poisonous to dogs but are they of any nutritional value? There is zero nutritional value for dogs; they contain a lot of sugar and far too many calories for a dog.

However, what might make them toxic, is if there’s also a topping on the waffles; for example, if the waffles are smothered in chocolate, that’s one ingredient you shouldn’t feed to dogs under any circumstances.

Dark chocolate waffles

If you’re buying store-bought waffles, you should also be wary of the ingredients that go into your waffles. For example, some waffles might contain artificial flavors or colors, plus additives to give them a longer shelf life. The very least you should do is check the list of ingredients to learn what’s going into your waffles.

If you still have concerns, don’t worry; this article will answer the question, can dogs eat waffles?

 

Do Dogs Enjoy Waffles?

If you’re a dog owner, you know how much dogs go for something sweet. Dogs don’t have any in-built warning that eating sweet stuff is terrible for them; they only know they like the taste. They mainly treat waffles the same; they’re sweet and chewy, and dogs like them.

If you enjoy waffles for breakfast and you feed your dog a tiny bit, it’s not going to hurt your dog. But why bother? Yes, I know they sit looking at you with those eyes, and you feel guilty; we have all felt the stare. But the bottom line, your dog will still love you more than anything in the world, and you can be guilt-free because you didn’t give in and provide an unhealthy snack.

 

What Are Waffles Made Of?

The only way you know for sure if a food is good or bad for you is to understand what ingredients make up the product. There are only six essential ingredients that create waffles, flour, salt, sugar, milk, eggs, and butter. These ingredients don’t consider adding extras into the recipe, such as vanilla extract or what you pile on top of your cooked waffles before eating them.

Are plain waffles good for dogs?

Flour

Most store-bought waffles will consist of refined flour. This kind of flour is less healthy because the refining process removes the fiber and nutrients from wheat.

You can find brands using whole wheat flour, which is a better alternative. The flour has the same effect on dogs; refined flour has no nutritional value. Some dogs are also allergic to wheat. Of course, if this is your dog, then don’t feed him any product containing wheat.

Salt

Too much salt is toxic to dogs, and while they do need salt the same as humans, they tend to get as much as they need from their daily diet. So giving your dog waffles is increasing his salt intake. He would probably have to eat many waffles for the salt to cause problems, but there’s no real point in increasing his intake.

Sugar

Refined sugar, which is in most store-bought waffles, is mostly empty calories and can cause a dog to gain weight. Obesity is one of the most significant health risks for dogs today. It can lead to bone and arthritis issues, heart disease, and diabetes.

Eggs

Eggs are good for dogs; they are rich in protein, linoleic acid, Vitamin A. The cholesterol in eggs is not a cause of concern to dogs the same way it is to humans. Too many eggs can make the dog put on weight, and some dogs are allergic to eggs.

Milk

In small quantities, milk is okay for dogs unless they are lactose intolerant and have difficulty digesting dairy products. But milk is high in fat and sugars, both of which are not good for your dog. If you’re making homemade waffles maybe consider using almond milk or any other dairy alternative.

Butter

The amount of butter in a single waffle isn’t going to do your dog harm. But butter is made from milk, and if your dog is lactose intolerant, it can make him ill. Also, butter is saturated fat, and there are zero health benefits.

 

Homemade Or Store Bought Which Waffles Are Best For Your Dog?

Store-bought waffles tend to have lower calories than homemade, but that’s not the whole story. Because most store-bought waffles are long-life, they will contain additives and chemical preservatives that do nothing for your dog’s health.

Homemade waffles for dogs might have more calories, but you are in control of the ingredients. You can easily find a recipe to make good-tasting waffles but cut back or change some of the more harmful ingredients; for example, you can reduce the butter content and change the flour to wholegrain.

 

Xylitol And Dogs

If you’re trying to be healthier in your food choices, you might decide to pick up some sugar-free waffles. Manufacturers tend to substitute refined sugar for sweeteners. Choosing this type of waffle might be the healthier option for yourself but not for your dog. Xylitol is harmful to dogs.

Blood sugar is controlled by the pancreas releasing insulin. In humans, xylitol does not harm, but when dogs consume even a small amount of xylitol, the dog’s bloodstream will quickly absorb it, releasing too much insulin. A release of insulin like this can trigger hypoglycemia ( a massive decrease in blood sugar); this can be life-threatening to dogs if you don’t notice it happening and get treatment for your dog.

Dog tries to eat waffle

 

Can Puppies Eat Waffles?

A puppy’s digestive system is only in its infancy, and something like a sweet waffle will likely make them sick. Even if it doesn’t make a puppy ill, waffles are still bad for puppies and shouldn’t be given to them. When feeding a puppy, you should always provide an age-appropriate diet.

 

Can Dogs Eat Waffles With Maple Syrup?

Putting a topping such as maple syrup or butter on waffles and feeding that to your dog makes the waffle even more unhealthy. Maple syrup isn’t poisonous to dogs, but it’s packed with sugar, and that amount of sugar combined with the sugar content of the waffle is just too much.

 

Waffle Toppings Safe For Dogs

Waffles with blueberry toping and maple syrup

If you insist on feeding a small amount of waffles to your dog and want to know a safe topping, here are a few of the healthier variety:

Berries

A few fresh berries can be good for your dog; they contain antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

Bananas

Bananas are okay to add to a waffle; they contain helpful nutrients, but sugar is a factor, so make it only a few small pieces.

Apples

Apples provide vitamins A and C plus dietary fiber and can help clean your dog’s teeth.

 

Can Dogs Eat Waffles – FAQ

Simple answers to other simple frequently asked questions that we didn’t cover it the article:

Can dogs eat Eggo waffles?

Dogs can eat Eggo Waffles, it’s safe to say that it won’t hurt them, but it won’t do them any good too. There is almost zero nutritional value for dogs; they contain a lot of sugar and too many calories without any rich nutrients. Also keep in mind that Eggo store-bought waffles contains additives and preservatives which aren’t good for dogs.

Can dogs eat waffle cones?

Man gives his dog waffle cone

Waffle cones are safe for dogs the same as regular waffles, it’s just a different shape. Although they seem different, usually the dough is the same and all the additives and low-nutrient ingredients as well, but beware of even more sugar or xylitol.

Can dogs eat plain waffles?

Dogs can eat plain waffles, but as long as you use dog friendly toppings, it’s more healthy and better for dogs to add some healthy fruit and other bonus treats to the small portion of waffle. The waffle itself has zero nutritional value for dogs so if you want to give your dog waffles, try to use a very small amount of waffle and more apples, bananas, berries etc.

 

Bottom Line – Can Dogs Eat Waffles?

While there’s nothing toxic or poisonous in waffles, there’s also no nutritional reason to feed them to your dog. There’s also a large amount of sugar, and that’s not good for dogs. If you provide waffles to your dog, use homemade waffles; at least you control the ingredients in the waffles.

Can dogs eat avocado? Dog sniffing avocado

Can Dogs Eat Avocado? Be Careful Because of Persin!

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Avocados have gone through a terrific surge in interest over the last twenty years, and it’s not just hip Millennials eating them. Yet for all the fruit’s popularity when we talk about dogs and avocado, the fruit has a bad reputation, which is pretty ironic because avocado is on the list of many well-known dog foods. So can dogs eat avocado? Or is avocado toxic to dogs as some people would have us believe?

Is Avocado Safe For Dogs?

Should you look at online articles that talk about toxic food for dogs, nine times out of ten, the writer includes avocados on the list. But if you investigate the claims further, you’ll discover that much of the talk centers around one part of the avocado bad for dogs, and that’s a toxin called persin.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, persin poisons only some animals; dogs and cats are rarely affected. What can harm dogs is if they swallow the large avocado pit or seed. Dogs eating too much avocado run the risk of pancreatitis because avocados do have significant fat content.

This article will show dog owners the truth surrounding dogs and avocados and give you a straight answer to the question, can dogs have avocado or not?

Dog with avocado over eyes

 

Can Dogs Eat Avocado?

Small amounts of avocado given to your dog will not harm your dog. Providing you give him only the flesh, no skin, no leaves, and no pit or seed. There are some health and nutritional benefits for your dog from eating avocado, which we will cover later in the article. As we mentioned, several famous and quality dog foods contain some avocado.

Remember, avocado has a high-fat content, so you should consider it when feeding your dog avocado. You should also account for the calories and deduct those from your dog’s daily calorie allowance.

There is a rare occurrence when dogs are allergic to avocado. Sometimes dogs have an allergic reaction to food; it can even happen with food a dog has eaten numerous times without any adverse reaction.

If you’re feeding your dog avocado for the first time, the best course is small amounts and wait to see if there’s an allergic response.

If your dog would have any allergic reaction then rather stop feeding him avocado and find another alternative for a tasty treat, such as peanut butter or pumpkin. You can find a great recipe for homemade treats HERE.

 

How Are Avocados Good For Dogs?

Avocados are a highly nutritious fruit and contain up to twenty vitamins and minerals. There’s no reason to believe that your dog cannot enjoy the nutritional benefits of avocados. The benefits to your dog from avocados are:

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Folate

Avocado also contains, in smaller amounts, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3.

A 3.5-ounce serving of avocado would contain 160 calories, 15 grams of healthy fats, and 2 grams of protein. Avocado is a low-carb food because while in the same 3.5-ounce portion, it contains 9 grams of carbohydrates 7 seven of those grams are fiber.

Dogs and avocado isn't good because of persin

 

Why Are Avocados Bad For Dogs?

As we briefly mentioned, persin is the controversial ingredient in avocado that makes most people stop and ask is avocado safe for dogs?

Persin

Persin is a fungicidal toxin. The toxin comes from the fruit’s pit and is in every part of the avocado. The concentration of persin in the fleshy part is so low it’s considered harmless to humans and doesn’t affect dogs.

So dogs can have avocado, but it’s still wise to keep the amount reasonably low. There are higher concentrations of persin in the other parts of the avocado, the leaves, stems, skin, and pit, so definitely don’t let your dog eat those.

Should you grow avocados on your land, try to keep the area around the trees clear of any fallen leaves, branches, or fruit.

Can dogs eat avocado pits?

You should keep your dog away from avocado pits. There would be a higher concentration of persin in the pit if your dog managed to crack one open. But the more significant danger is if he swallows a pit. They are just about the right size to get stuck in your dog’s throat and choke him. If somehow he did manage to eat one, there is also the risk of intestinal blockage, which can have severe consequences.

Avocado Fat Content

Avocado contains good fats, but they are only good when eaten in reasonable amounts. Overfeeding your dog avocado means you run the risk of giving him pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. This disease is a life-threatening illness because the pancreas does the vital job of releasing enzymes that assist in digestion and hormones such as insulin that regulate blood sugar.

Your dog eating too much avocado can give some side effects, so generally, don’t feed your dog avocado in large amounts.

 

Can Dogs Eat Guacamole

We’ve answered the question is avocado ok for dogs, so let’s talk about how guacamole can affect your dog. We know the main ingredient in guacamole is avocado, so is it safe to eat? Sadly the answer is no; while you can enjoy the benefits of a great tasting dip, you shouldn’t feed guacamole to your dog.

Can dogs eat guacamole

It’s not the avocado; it’s some of the other ingredients that are bad for dogs, such as:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Fresh Limes

None of the above ingredients are suitable for dogs; at the very least, they might cause stomach upsets and diarrhea.

 

How To Prepare Avocado For Dogs

Should you still want to give avocado to your dog, follow these three quick and easy safety guidelines.

Avocado is ok for dogs in small amounts. Remember what we said about large amounts of avocado and why it’s a bad idea. So feed small portions and deduct the amount from your dog’s daily calorie intake.

Feed only the avocado flesh. There’s no need to feed leaves or skin; there are no discernable benefits, plus they have higher concentrations of persin. The pits are a genuine choking hazard.

Give your dog avocado only as plain fruit. Don’t add anything into the avocado or feed your dog dips that include avocado; the extra ingredients might be harmful to dogs.

 

Can dogs eat avocado – FAQ

Simple answers to other simple frequently asked questions that we didn’t cover it the article:

Can dogs eat avocado ice cream?

Dogs can eat avocado ice cream as long as there is just a little avocado in it and the ice cream is “dog friendly”. Why dog friendly? Because most human grade ice creams have sweeteners that are poisonous to dogs. Not to mention dairy and other ingredients that aren’t good for dogs as well.

Can dogs eat avocado oil?

Avocado oil isn’t harmful for dogs in small quantities. It doesn’t contain persin so it’s safe as long as you don’t exaggerate. Just to mention – no type of oil should be given to dogs in larger quantities because of high fat content.

Can dogs eat avocado skin?

Avocado skin isn’t exactly lethal to dogs but it’s not suited for a healthy and balanced dog nutrition since avocado skin contains persin which is toxic and can cause serious dog issues.

Can dogs eat avocado toast

Since avocado isn’t harmful for dogs in small amounts you could consider avocado toast as a “safe treat”. It doesn’t mean that it’s healthy and considered as super food as it is in human nutrition, but you don’t need to be worried if you dog steals a piece of avocado toast from the table.

Can dogs eat avocado flesh

In really small amounts yes. Although it contains only small amounts of persin, I still wouldn’t encourage you to feed your dog avocado flesh. If you’d like to give him a healthy treat consider pumpkin or peanut butter treats.

Can dogs eat avocado leaves?

No, dogs shouldn’t eat avocado leaves. They contain persin and are potentially poisonous for your dog. If he likes to chew, give him a piece of olive wood or something similar. If your dog eats avocado leave, make sure to observe him and call the vet if he starts vomiting or have diarrhea.

Do you have any other questions? Feel free to reach out to info@thug-dogs.com or comment below and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

 

Summary

If feeding your dog avocado for the first time, provide a minimal amount and keep your eye on him for any allergic reaction. It’s doubtful there will be, but it can happen, so just be on the lookout.

Can dogs eat avocado? Yes, in small amounts and only the fruit of the avocado, no dips, and no nacho chips to go with them.