Can Dogs Eat Bread? Is Bread Safe For Dogs?

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If you’ve ever had a dog, chances are that you’ve struggled with what to feed them. We give them dog food, sure – but we’re also tempted to offer them variety.

So can dogs eat bread? The answer is yes. Dogs can have bread but in moderation.

They actually can eat it. But the same as the other products, dogs should not eat a lot of bread. Below you will find more about the different types of bread and which one your dogs can eat.

Can Dogs Eat Bread? Are there any risks?

Yes, dogs can eat bread. There is nothing unsafe about treating your dog to a small piece of bread, as long as it’s done in moderation. Bread should be treated as an additional supplement/treat, which means it should not replace the contents of their regular meals.

If your dog does not have any allergies, eating bread should not pose a health risk. If consumed alongside a regular diet and plenty of exercises, eating bread won’t hurt your pet. 

Can Dogs Eat White Bread?

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White bread is generally considered safe for dogs, as long as it does trigger any allergies. Before you give a chunk of bread to your dog, make sure it does not contain any ingredients that can harm them. 

Can Dogs Eat Brown Bread?

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Brown Bread is a healthier alternative to white bread and it benefits both humans and their dogs.

Just remember that you’re looking for whole wheat or whole grain bread, as several regular varieties of brown bread aren’t all that healthy and serve as empty calories for your dog.

Whole grain bread offers magnesium, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, along with a good deal of fiber to help your dog’s digestive system.

Just remember to feed your dog bread sparingly – despite its benefits, it’s still a fairly calorie-rich food.

Is Bread Healthy For Dogs?

Bread is a filler. This means it’s not going to add significant nutritional content to your dog’s meal. It contains a lot of carbs, which can actually do your dog more harm than good by leading them on the path to obesity.

It is also a highly processed food and while it certainly gives your pooch a boost of energy and aids digestion, it should not make up for a significant proportion of their diet. Just the crust is fine, but a whole slice will be a tad too much.

If your dog is on a diet, by all means, avoid feeding them bread. That will be counterproductive to your dog’s diet. Opt for a stick of carrot instead.

Bread comes jam-packed with carbs and packs a powerful glycemic punch which can lead to obesity-related diseases like diabetes. So if your dog is overweight, consult a vet before you feed bread to it. 

Is Gluten-Free Bread A Healthier Alternative?

Gluten-free bread only benefits those with a wheat allergy. For the rest, it means missing out on important nutrients, fiber, and a valuable source of energy. If your dog is not allergic, we recommend including wheat and other grains in their diet. 

How Much Bread Should You Feed Your Dog?

You should never consider making bread a regular part of your dog’s diet. It makes your dog feel full, which can make it miss out on gaining essential nutrients, vitamins, and proteins in its diet.

If you ever consider feeding bread to your dog, make sure it’s either a very small piece of bread or just the crust.

Remember, never feed your dog an entire loaf of bread as it can cause serious health complications, and will simply leave them feeling bloated and miserable. Snack-able sizes are the way to go.

Can You Feed Your Dog Toast?

two slices of bread in a toaster

Toast is just bread that’s cooked a little more. Its crunchy texture makes it a fan-favorite with dogs but again, not too healthy.

Treat it as an occasional treat, just like you would bread. A small chunk or crust now and then certainly wouldn’t hurt – although we’d suggest skipping the butter.

Are There Any Risks Of Feeding Bread Dough To Your Dog?

If you’re considering feeding your dog bread dough, it’s time to stop. Eating rising dough invites a host of serious complications and may even result in death.

If you make bread at home, you already know it has to rise to do its job. When your dog chomps it down, its stomach provides just the perfect environment for the same. Bread dough can potentially distend your dog’s stomach and release toxic levels of ethanol into its bloodstream.

Consuming bread dough can lead to serious bloating issues, which can lead to severe pain and may even cause severe ruptures in their intestinal tract. You should keep a keen eye on conditions mimicking those of alcohol toxicosis. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Alcohol Toxicosis?

Bread dough is considered a food hazard for dogs[1]. If you fed your dog bread dough or suspect it sneaked a bite when you weren’t looking, look out for these symptoms. They will appear anywhere between 30 mins to 2 hours of consumption.

  • Bladder issues
  • Depression
  • Disorientation and lightheadedness
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Hypothermia
  • Retching and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Unsteady gait
  • Weakness

If not treated in time, bread dough toxicity may lead your dog into a coma or even cause death. If you notice these symptoms, it’s best to take your dog to the vet immediately. 

Remember, always be careful when baking – keep an eye on your dough to make sure that your dog doesn’t sneak off with a few bites when you aren’t looking.

What Ingredients In Bread Are Toxic To Your Dog?

If your dog doesn’t have an allergy to wheat, you can feed it plain white bread sometimes. If the bread contains ingredients like chocolate chips, raisins, garlic, nuts, and seeds, or Xylitol, it’s best to keep it out of sight of your dog. 

Let’s look at the risks these ingredients pose:

  • Chocolate chips: Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and may even prove to be fatal.
  • Raisins: An ingredient in baked goods, raisins pose the biggest danger to dogs. They’re highly toxic. 
  • Garlic: Garlic may look, taste, and smell amazing but it can cause serious side effects, including but not limited to, abdominal pain, collapse, diarrhea, vomiting, and weakness. It can even cause anemia.
  • Nuts and seeds: Not safe for consumption for dogs. Steer clear of macadamia nuts, the most toxic of them all. All nuts have a high-fat content which can cause pancreatitis and stomach irritation. 
  • Xylitol: An artificial sweetener, Xylitol is toxic to dogs.

Can You Feed Bread To Your Dog Who’s Experiencing Stomach Upset?

Feeding bread to a dog with an upset stomach has proved to work like a charm for some.

However, if you’re not familiar with your dog’s allergies, the Merck Veterinary Manual recommends feeding it a bland diet of rice and boiled chicken instead.

If a change in diet doesn’t work in your dog’s favor, you can always call your vet and set up an appointment. 

Can Dogs Eat Bread In Special Circumstances?

Got a dog that likes to play tricks during medicine time? You can conceal their prescription meds in small peanut butter sandwiches and feed them to your dogs.

This can prove to be an efficient, stress-free way of ensuring your dog gets the medication it needs to live a healthy life. However, make sure the bread does not contain Xylitol as an ingredient.

How To Safely Incorporate Bread To Your Dogs Diet

Baking treats at home is the best way to skip sugar, preservatives, and salt. You can regulate your dog’s diet better this way.

Plus, it proves to be a great bonding exercise, and your dog will absolutely love you for preparing and sharing unique homemade treats!

You can bake banana bread for your dog. It’s delicious and provides a host of benefits. After all, its main ingredient is banana, a fruit known for being rich in fibers, vitamins, and minerals. It also strengthens the immune system. 

Cinnamon, another ingredient, is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and aids indigestion.

If you’re not big on baking, you can also feed your dog peanut butter sandwiches. Remember, peanut butter may also contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be toxic to your dog.

It’s best to double-check the ingredient list of the ‘human’ food you feed your dog to avoid facing complications. 

The Bottom Line

If fed in moderation, plain white bread poses no health risk. If your dog has wheat allergies, it’s best to steer clear.

Additionally, make sure you never feed your dog bread dough or ingredients that can potentially cause them harm. If and when you notice any reactions or symptoms, it’s best to visit a vet.

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Andrei Bratu
Andrei is the owner of Dog Food Camp and manages the team of expert writers on the site. He is passionate about helping dog lovers learn about canine nutrition.

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