Although not the healthiest option, pizza is undeniably loved by people from all over the world.
From straight out carnivores to vegans, there’s no shortage of options for all!
That excitement for pizza is arguably best captured on the face of the family dog.
It wags its tail eagerly, salivating as it licks its lips in anticipation.
As you watch your dog, you can’t help but wonder if a slice wouldn’t hurt?
The sad truth is that even a slice of pizza could leave your pet in a whole lot of agony.
The Doggone Truth About Pizza
Dogs should stay away from pizza altogether.
While your little pup will ecstatically dig into a slice, almost every ingredient that goes into a pizza will make your dog sick.
In nutritional terms, pizza poses no benefits to dogs.
Dogs get their nutrition from the supplements that vets prescribe and the dog food they eat daily.
Pizza does not replace vegetables, wheat, or any other dietary requirement for your curious canines.
Pizza comes with a vast array of toppings. Needless to say, some of these toppings are more hazardous than others.
Cheese, a common topping in pizza, is especially dangerous to your dog’s health.
Dogs are naturally lactose intolerant and are not biologically built to digest fatty cheeses.
A small amount of cheese will do nothing to your dogs.
A slice of cheesy pizza, on the other hand, will leave your precious pup in a world of stomach pains.
Onions and garlic, both belong to the same scientific family, are poisonous for dogs.
In general, there is a good chance that the sauce, crust, or any of the toppings contain onions, garlic, or even both.
This could lead to your precious pet suffering in the coming days from food poisoning. Additionally, onions and garlic be lethal to dogs’ red blood cells.
Side effects of consumption may only appear several days later.
These may include lethargy, a weak appearance, and red-colored urine.
Mushrooms or tomatoes are not toxic to dogs by themselves, but the seasoning on them may be.
Tomatoes are excellent sources of Vitamin C and necessary antioxidants.
Still, it is best to feed them to your dogs organically.
This way, your dog can still enjoy a treat while avoiding the torment of food poisoning.
If dogs have an excess of tomato sauce, it might suffer from hemolytic anemia. With that said, it would require a copious amount of tomato sauce to cause this.
The Dangers of Consumption
Dogs do not require the nutritional content that pizza provides.
The 168 calories (54 from fat) and 6 grams of fat in a single slice should mainly be kept away from overweight dogs.
Even in underweight dogs, pizza consumption is not a wise way to fatten your dog up.
Consult your dog’s vet to learn how your dog can gain weight safely.
If your dog has snatched pizza or stolen it from the kitchen, observe your dog for changes and possible burning.
A check on the dog’s tongue and mouth palate is also necessary if the pizza they ate was hot.
Just the Crust!
The crust on pizzas is neither detrimental nor useful to dogs.
Comprising mostly carbohydrates and sodium, it does not have much nutrition but may contribute to obesity.
Obesity could pose a severe threat, especially in dogs of a bigger breed.
As hard as it is not to give in to those pleading eyes, your perseverance will ensure your pet’s excellent health.
Help your dog stay away from pizza and explore alternative treats for your hungry hounds!
Plenty of treats like pears, apples, cantaloupe, pineapple, blueberries, watermelon, green beans, asparagus, and even sweet potatoes serve as nutritional snacks for your furry friend.
A small bit of pizza shouldn’t be cause for concern, but it is vital to monitor your pet’s food consumption and general health.