It’s Friday night, and the doorbell rings. The delivery is pizza! These delicious slices of pizza loaded with your favorite toppings will make any week seem like a dream. It’s the combination of all the ingredients that make pizza so delicious, from the rich tomato sauce to the crisp crust. But, many of the ingredients that make pizza tasty can be dangerous for your dog. This means that your pup could end up getting more damage than you think.
Is Pizza Bad for Dogs?
Pizza can be toxic for dogs. Pizza may be the most harmful of all your meals. There are many types of pizza, but most toppings fall under the “Unsafe for Dogs” category.
Many pizza shops use a lot of oil and salt to make their crusts. Oil can be very harmful to dogs as it can cause inflammation and pain in the pancreas. Many crust recipes contain large quantities of salt to flavor their dough.
Salt poisoning can occur depending on how salty the dog is. This can lead to irreversible damage to the kidneys and even death.
Are Pizza Ingredients Bad For Dogs?
Even low-fat cheeses such as mozzarella, the classic pizza topping, are not good for pets. Cheese can be high in calories and fat, so don’t give your pet too much.
What if your dog gets a large lick of marinara sauce? According to the American Kennel Club, sauces made from ripe tomatoes are often safe for dogs to consume. Dogs can get sick from the stem and leaves. Pizza sauce isn’t just made of tomatoes. You may be able to cause harm to your dog by some of the other ingredients like garlic or herbs. Many store-bought pizza sauces contain added sugar. DogTime says that eating too much sugar can lead to obesity and dental problems.
Crust & Dough
There are some things to be concerned about if your dog ate pizza dough. There may be ingredients in the crust that can cause serious health problems for dogs, including garlic, onions, and herbs.
Raw pizza dough is more dangerous. Your dog may have ingested plain pizza dough from you. It would help if you immediately took your pet to the emergency animal clinic or veterinarian. Raw yeast dough can cause tissue tearing and breathing problems in your dog’s stomach. According to the ASPCA, plain bread dough can cause intoxication in dogs. This is because yeast makes ethanol.
Can Dogs Eat Pizza Toppings?
You should be concerned if your dog ate pizza with toppings. Common toppings like garlic and onions are toxic to dogs and considered unsafe. Pepperoni, sardines, and sausages are all high in salt and fat. Salt intake can increase blood pressure and worsen underlying heart disease.
You should not give your dog pizza, no matter how much you love them. Dogs are generally fine with pizza, although they might have some stomach issues if they are sensitive to dairy. You should call your veterinarian if your dog ate large amounts of pizza.
Remember that even tiny bites of human food can be packed with extra calories, which can lead to weight problems over time. Keep your dog away from pizza.
Pizza: Dangers of Onions and Garlic
One of the main ingredients in this sauce is garlic, which makes it dangerous for dogs. Along with onions, chives, and leeks, garlic is part of the Allium family. In terms of toxicity, garlic is five times more potent than that onions. It doesn’t matter whether it’s liquid, solid, or powdered form.
Allium family members cause red blood cell damage, causing them to rupture (hemolysis). This can lead to anemia, in which the red blood cells become damaged and then die. Allium toxic can cause anemia and even death in dogs. Anemia can cause white or pale gums, weakness, and increased heart- and respiration rates. It can also lead to extreme lethargy and even collapse. Anemia can progress to the point where you may see bloody urine.
A veterinarian should immediately examine your dog if they accidentally ingest a member of the Allium family. The vet can induce vomiting and give activated charcoal to absorb the toxic substances. It’s impossible to remove the toxins from the body, and hemolytic anemia may have set in. A veterinarian must treat the dog. Advanced cases will require blood transfusions to replenish red blood cells.
Red blood cells have a major job: they transport oxygen throughout the body. Dogs with hemolytic anemia might need oxygen therapy to improve their breathing. Dogs that a veterinarian treats usually recover quickly, while dogs left alone will most likely not survive.
Onions and garlic can also affect the intestines, causing severe nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, irritation, and abdominal pain in dogs.
Pepperoni and cheese
Dogs don’t like cheese, and pizza must be topped with cheese. Dogs can be lactose intolerant. This means they have difficulty digesting lactose from dairy products. Although cheese is not toxic for dogs, large amounts can cause diarrhea and gastric upset.
Pepperoni can also cause digestive problems. Pepperoni’s spicy flavor can cause upset stomachs or pain in sensitive dogs. Pepperoni that contains onion powder or garlic powder may be toxic to dogs.
Please keep your dog away from any pizza, no matter how large their eyes may be. Even small dogs can get toxic effects from a few bites of garlic-based pizza.
Allium toxicity (garlic poisoning) may not be obvious immediately. Symptoms can take several days to appear. Do not wait for your dog to grab your pizza before seeking veterinary attention.