Bread and Pasta: Good or Bad for the Dog

Often dog owners pamper their four-legged Pets with something delicious from their table, such as bread or pasta. But is it advisable to introduce these products into the animal’s diet?

Can I give bread to a dog

As a rule, the dog will never refuse a piece of bread. Someone loves it in its pure form, and someone loves a treat in the form of a slice soaked in meat sauce or sour cream. However, it is incorrect to say that all products that are useful to humans also benefit animals.

The digestive system of dogs, which are naturally predators, has a characteristic feature. As long as the diet does not contain carbohydrate food, there are no digestive enzymes in the dog’s saliva.

As soon as the dog starts eating bread, amylolytic enzymes that break down carbohydrates are activated. They are secreted by salivary gland cells. Bread is a source of carbohydrates, so its amount must be kept under control, especially for sedentary dogs.

Flour products are not the most necessary product in the diet of animals, especially if they already receive carbohydrates in the form of porridge. You can not give the dog soft fresh bread, as yeast provokes the fermentation process. This leads to a violation of the intestinal microflora, bloating, colic. In addition, soft bread (including pancakes, pancakes, etc.), turning into a paste in the stomach of a pet, contributes to the occurrence of pathologies of the digestive tract.

Occasionally, your pet can be pampered with rye, whole-grain crackers, and unleavened biscuits. In addition, a stale piece of bread will replace a toothbrush in cases where you need to remove plaque.

Do I need to give my dog pasta?

Animals, as well as people, need a variety of food, including proteins, fats and carbohydrates. However, the latter should be less, since the dog’s digestive tract can not digest them in large quantities. Pasta is a carbohydrate food, so the number of them in the dog menu should be minimal. Excessive use of them leads to the development of:

  • diabetes mellitus;
  • obesity;
  • pancreatitis.

Veterinarians do not prohibit the introduction of pasta into the animal’s diet. But this dish does not contain useful nutrients and is not a vital product for the dog’s body. It is better to mix a small portion of pasta with porridge, which is used as an additive to meat dishes.

For feeding, it is better to choose high-quality flour products from durum wheat, which contain little starch and a lot of vitamins of group B. They are necessary for the pet to normalize metabolism, strengthen the Central nervous system. These products also contain vitamin E, which supports reproductive function and helps muscle mass develop.

Attention! You can’t give your dog instant noodles or cheap pasta. Food remains can remain between the teeth, stick to the palate, causing considerable discomfort to the pet. In addition, such products cause indigestion and indigestion, constipation.

Pasta should be given in boiled form, but not overcooked. You can cook them in meat broth and give them along with the meat. In this case, they will not harm the dog and will turn into a hearty dish.

Feed your pet flour products preferably three times a week. At the same time, a portion of pasta should not be larger than a human fist. You can’t add it to pasta:

  • salt;
  • spices;
  • seasonings;
  • sauces;
  • sugar.

Attention! Pasta contains dyes, artificial additives, and proteins. Each of these components can cause allergies in dogs.

It is also not recommended to give flour products to pregnant dogs, as they overload the digestive tract.