Many of us have wondered, “Can dogs eat pizza crust?”. Is it ok to share this tasty treat? Should we really be giving our dogs pizza at all?
Hi my name is Mike and I work with dogs. I started this website to provide some information for those of you who may have some common dog questions or concerns. Today we will be answering the question, “Can dogs eat pizza crust?”. We will also be looking into 10 foods that dogs should avoid. Lets get started.
Can Dogs Eat Pizza Crust?
So what is pizza made out of? We are basically looking at bread covered with tomato sauce and topped with cheese and other toppings in some cases. If we take a look at the crust specifically, this is mostly just baked bread. While bread isn’t exactly awful for our dogs, it’s also not very good for them either. I would suggest you skip feeding your dog pizza crust and give them a nice healthy treat instead.
With that being said, I know that I’ve tossed my dog some left over pizza from time to time. The golden rule of moderation applies here. If you do decide to feed your dog a bit of pizza, try and space out when you give it to them. Too much of this food can cause metabolic problems and other chronic conditions down the line.
10 Foods Dogs Should Avoid
So now that we have tackled the “Can dogs eat pizza crust?” question, here’s a list of some other common foods that dogs should avoid. This list is in no particular order.
Grapes are toxic to dogs. Keep them away from this food. If they manage to snag one that dropped off the floor it probably won’t be an issue but any more than that could cause some serious harm. Grapes contain a chemical compound within them that dogs have a hard time breaking down. This compound can build up to toxic levels and cause things like organ failure and death.
Bottom line, keep your dog away from grapes! This goes for raisins as well which are dried grapes.
Onions are another food that dogs should avoid. They are a member of the nightshade family of plants which contain chemical compounds that your dog will have issues with. Long term consumption can cause a wide variety of medical problems. They can all be easily avoided by keeping your dog away from this vegetable. If your dog does snatch a piece off the ground or gets a bit in a sandwich or something, don’t panic. Keep and eye on your pup and call your vet if they begin to act abnormally or show any discomfort.
While avocados may be a healthy treat for us, this is not the case with our dogs. Avocados contain a toxin called Persin which can give your dog’s body an issue when trying to break it down. Most of the time, Ingestion of an avocado or an avocado product (guacamole) will just cause stomach upset or diarrhea. There are cases where the reactions have been quite serious though as well.
Keep your dog away from this fruit and any of it’s byproducts. It will save you on cleanup at the very least!
Cherries are also quite toxic for dogs. They contain a toxin called cyanide which can cause serious health issues if too many are ingested. Be on the look out for things like dilated pupils or overly red gums and mouth. These are signs of toxicity from this poison.
If you see any of these symptoms in your dog or they are acting lethargic, contact your vet right away.
Asparagus isn’t toxic for dogs but there are some other issues with it. First off, it poses a pretty serious choking hazard. The stalks are full of fiber and can easily cause a dog to choke if they try to gulp it down. There is also the issue of nutrient composition. Asparagus doesn’t really have any significant nutrients to provide your dog either raw or cooked.
Bottom line, this food is not toxic for your dog but provides no actual benefit either. I would suggest skipping it altogether.
There are many different varieties of mushrooms out there and some of them can cause your dog some serious issues. There are mushrooms that can cause humans major problems as well. While some forms of mushrooms should be fine for your dog in small quantities, I would strongly advise you skip them altogether and not risk the reaction or vet visit.
I’ve seen plenty of cases where dogs are out in the backyard or woods and they consume some wild mushrooms. Many times they have had bad reactions to them. Remember that mushrooms are a fungus and not the most ideal food source. Keep your dog away from them when possible.
Tomatoes are another food that is in a grey area for me. They are technically a nightshade vegetable and as such have compounds in them that can cause issues for your dog. These compounds are usually located in the vine and on the green parts of the vegetable. The tomato itself does have some of these same compounds but at a much lower rate.
It’s probably fine if your dog has a little tomato now and then but not as a direct snack. I would keep full tomatoes away from your dog in case they have any kind of reaction to them.
Ok, so I’m sure that most people know by now that chocolate is no good for dogs and can lead to organ failure or death. For those of you that didn’t know though, keep chocolate away from your dog! This food can cause horrible reactions and it doesn’t take much for them to occur either.
If you suspect your dog has ingested some chocolate, don’t wait, contact your vet immediately for next steps.
While Xylitol isn’t a food itself, it is a very popular sugar replacement. This chemical is 100% toxic to your dog and can lead to organ failure or death if you’re not careful.
Xylitol is included in many different sugar free or sugar alternative foods. This is not always listed on the packaging either. My advice to you would be to keep your dog away from any kind of sugar free processed food in general. None of these chemicals are good for your dog but Xylitol especially.
Milk and cheese specifically are foods that your dog should avoid. They lack the necessary enzymes to break them down after they grow into adulthood. At best your dog will just get an upset stomach or some gas.
Some dogs develop allergic reactions or complete food intolerance as well. Not worth the risk in my opinion.
What Foods Should My Dog Eat?
The list is long and thankfully there is plenty of variety out there to feed your dog a well balanced meal. I prefer to stick to what their ancestors ate when they were in the wild and keep them away from as much processed food as I can.
Another great resource that can help you determine the proper diet path for your dog is your local vet. They will be able to provide you with some specific information based on your dog’s breed and medical history.
Your vet may also put you in touch with a dog nutritionist. These professionals will work with you to compile the proper nutritional profile for your dog and will aim to keep them at peak health for the long term. Your dog may be able to eat whatever they want when they are younger but this will change over time. A nutritionist will be able to take all of this into account and help you plan for health and longevity at the same time.
Can Dogs Eat Pizza Crust Concluded
So can dogs eat pizza crust? The short answer is yes but it may affect their wellbeing long term. Keeping your dog away from processed and sugary foods is one of the keys to their longevity and overall wellbeing. Pizza is a delicious food and very common here in the US. Tossing them a bit of crust every know and then is not ideal but it’s also not immediately life threatening either.
If you are determined to give your dog a treat while you’re eating, maybe get some specific treats that where made for dogs and approved by your vet or dog nutritionist. A lot of the time we will choose to give our dogs some food because we want to show them how much we care. Try to funnel this into other activities or actions and keep their diet as clean as possible. They will thank you years from now for the extra longevity and you will be able to spend more time with your happy and healthy dog!