Can dogs eat pastry?
Many people ask can dogs eat pastry? The short answer is Yes, but before you let your pup eat it, there are some things you should know!
Well, pastry or pastries are a dough of flour, water and shortening, that may be salty or sweetened. The main ingredients are: Flour, water, shortening, sugar, milk, butter, baking powder, and eggs.
So can dogs eat pastry? Yes and no! Unless it does not contain any toxic ingredients such as avocados, chocolate, grapes, cherries.., then it’s completely safe for your dog. But this doesn’t mean that you can give it to your canine all the time. Because pastries contain a high content of fat and sugar, over time it can lead to weight gain and obesity. Obesity can lead to other serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
But if your dog ate pastry, maybe 1 or 2 pieces, she’s probably just fine and there is no need to worry about her!
Also the sugar provides zero nutritional benefits, and can impact your dog’s oral health (tooth decay).
That’s why homemade pastries can be better for dogs! Make a dog friendly pastry yourself with appropriate ingredients that your dog can eat safely.
What kind of flour should I use for homemade pastry?
We suggest being selective with the type of flour you use in your dog pastry recipes. Though flour is a common ingredient in dry food and dog biscuits, not all flour is the same. Choose the flour that is best for your dog’s health.
White flour is the most common flour, It’s extremely processed and low in nutrients, very bad choice. Instead, you can use whole grain flour, like whole wheat, it’s rich in nutrients and less processed than white flour. Grains like wheat and corn are great sources of protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber. But if your dog is sensitive to wheat and grain, a grain free flour can be better.
Before making pastry, make sure to double check the ingredients are dog friendly. You can search about what list of food are safe for dogs, to help you decide what ingredients to use in your pastry.
To get started, here are some common foods that you can use:
- Apples (seedless)
- Low sugar/fat yogurt
- Pumpkin puree
- Peanut butter
- Coconut oil
- Honey (small quantities)
- Sweet potato puree
- Mashed potatoes
Common foods that you cannot use:
- Macadamia nuts
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