All dog owners have already asked themselves whether they can feed pasta to their pets. While not dangerous, regular feeding of pasta can have some impact on your dog’s health.
In this article, we’ll talk about adding pasta to your dog’s diet and explain why giving pasta to your furry friend can be a bad idea.
Pasta for my dog: is this a good idea?
Pasta is one of the most widespread and popular foods in the world. So many of you are wondering if your dog can enjoy it.
In practical terms, pasta is neither dangerous nor toxic and does not cause any short-term health problems for your dog. However, due to its high carbohydrate content, a regular pasta diet can cause long-term negative effects. Particularly from a nutritional point of view, pasta is not really beneficial.
It’s important to note that occasionally sharing a pasta dish with your dog is safe if he doesn’t have liver problems.
How to feed your dog pasta?
First of all, it is useful to emphasize that protein is the main dietary source for dogs. A healthy diet should contain little or no carbohydrates.
Occasionally, you can add a serving of pasta to your dog’s homemade meals. In this case, it is very important to know how to incorporate this food into his meal. We advise you to privilege grain or pasta with:
- Oat, barley;
- Wholemeal flour,
- Rice flour;
- Flax flour.
These flours and grains are more easily digested. Pasta should not be the basis of your dog’s diet. A balanced diet, not too fatty and low in carbohydrates, is important to keep your pet healthy.
In addition, it is not recommended to mix homemade pasta with industrial foods because their digestion process is different and this association can cause digestive problems such as bloating and constipation.
My dog ate pasta, what should I do?
Unlike some toxic foods, pasta is not dangerous and if your dog has eaten large amounts, there is no need to worry, just monitor your dog’s reaction and behavior.
Caution: If you have added onion or garlic sauce to pasta, it is important to go to a poison control centre or consult a veterinarian immediately, as these are dangerous and toxic products for your dog.
Pasta for dogs: be especially careful with these breeds
Some dog breeds are prone to overweight or obesity. Consumption of pasta or other sources of carbohydrates may be a contributing factor. These breeds include:
On the other hand, pasta is also not recommended for older or sedentary dogs that do not practice any physical activity and brachycephalic dogs.
In summary, pasta is a high-carbohydrate food and regular consumption of pasta by dogs often leads to overweight or even obesity. The latter can be source of several complications and diseases such as arthritis or hip dysplasia.