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CAN DOGS EAT
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(by Haley Williams & Guy Crites)

Can Dogs Eat Grains?

Can dogs eat wheat? Yes, but not recommended.
Yes, but keep it minimal.
Dogs do not need whole grains.

The ancestors of Spot were not gathered round ovens cooking loaves of bread and they were not consuming Cheerios for breakfast. They didn’t offer their offspring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they were not eating biscuits.

They were tearing into the flesh of freshly killed prey with blood dripping down their fur. Whatever grains they were consuming were being ripped from the prey’s stomach.

Is that too much information for you? Feeling queasy?

Well, as uncomfortable as it may be for you to think of little Tinkerbell with a bloody snout and viciously tearing apart a carcass, her genetics and ancestry tell a different story.

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The main component of grains that are at the center of this controversy is carbohydrates.

Many scientists agree that dogs don’t require any carbohydrates at all, as their entire digestive system has evolved from ancestors that never sought out carbohydrates.

A lot of the processing of carbohydrates relies on thorough chewing and dogs do not do this.

Many carnivores don’t bother too much with the whole ‘chewing’ thing.

It’s overrated.

But, remember how I said Tinkerbell gets her grains from viciously tearing her prey’s stomach open?

Well, what Tinkerbell gets from that is already partially digested grains. These are easier compounds to break down in her system, as the prey has done most of the work already for her.

In that case, those grains might be good for her.

Dogs don't need grains. Sure, your dog's ancestors ate grain...from their prey’s stomach. Click To Tweet

Just like if you eat too many carbs, dogs will tend to get fat and develop things like diabetes if they’re consuming too many carbohydrates. That’s the issue with cheap, low-quality dog food – it contains too many “filler” carbohydrates!

If you’re feeding your dog kibble, he’s eating carbohydrates, simple as that.

It’s unavoidable.

But there are high quality foods out there that limit the amount of carbs and have high amounts of protein and fat instead.

So here’s the deal:

Dogs can consume carbohydrates, but they really shouldn’t be eating too much.  Look for high quality dog food that contains a small amount of the stuff.

Protein should be the main component of your pet’s diet.

Never Feed Your Dog These Grains ☠

  • Can dogs eat instant noodles? No. Avoid instant noodles.

    Can Dogs Eat Instant Noodles?

    No.

    The noodles themselves aren’t too bad for your dog and they can technically eat the noodles. However, the seasoning packets CAN NOT be eaten by your dog.

    The seasonings alone might be toxic, but the sodium content is astronomical. If dogs consume too much salt, you put them at risk of kidney damage.

    Avoid instant noodles altogether.

Grains Safe for Dogs

  • Can dogs eat bread? Yes, depending on the ingredient list.

    Can Dogs Eat Bread?

    Yes. Dogs can eat bread, but rarely and only after you read the ingredient list.

    Some dogs are allergic to wheat. Bread has a lot of calories and a lot of sugar, which isn’t doing your dog any favors.

    Make sure the bread doesn’t contain raisins, as raisins are extremely toxic to dogs. Also, never feed your dog raw dough, as the yeast is toxic to them as well.

  • Can dogs eat oatmeal? Yes. Can dogs eat uncooked oatmeal? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?

    Yes. Dogs can eat oatmeal, but only in moderation.

    Oatmeal should always be served plain and can help dogs with mild digestive issues.

    Oatmeal can also help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Can dogs eat oatmeal? Yes. Can dogs eat uncooked oatmeal? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Instant Oatmeal?

    Yes. Dogs can eat regular, plain oatmeal. They can eat the instant variety, but not the sugar-filled packets that come pre-flavored.

    Dogs don’t need excess sugar, and too much sugar can be bad for them.

  • Can dogs eat pasta? Yes, in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Pasta?

    Yes. Dogs can eat plain pasta in moderation.

    Pasta contains carbohydrates that may give your dog some added energy, but don’t feed your dog too much.

    Never feed them pasta sauce, as many sauces include garlic and onion, and they are toxic to dogs.

    Make sure the pasta is cooked, as uncooked pasta might be difficult for your dog to digest and may cause an intestinal blockage.

  • Can dogs eat egg noodles? Yes, cooked egg noodles.

    Can Dogs Eat Egg Noodles?

    Yes. Dogs can eat egg noodles and they may even be better than regular pasta noodles.

    The added egg can provide Vitamin A, B-12, and iron and protein.

    Make sure the pasta is cooked, as uncooked pasta might be difficult for your dog to digest and may cause an intestinal blockage.

  • Can dogs eat quinoa? Yes.

    Can Dogs Eat Quinoa?

    Yes. Dogs can eat quinoa, but only in moderation.

    Quinoa is a superfood and contains carbohydrates, protein, some good fats, calcium, iron, niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin. It could provide your dog with a boost of energy.

    Always wash the quinoa because it could be coated in a toxic compound known as saponin.

    Your dog might experience some gastric upset after eating too much.

  • Can dogs eat rice? Yes, cooked and in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Rice? Can Dogs Eat Jasmine Rice?

    Yes. Dogs can eat rice and jasmine rice, but it should be cooked and given in moderation.

    There are many different kinds of rice. Rice is rich in carbohydrates and can provide your dog with an energy boost.

    Rice also contains niacin, fiber, iron, Vitamin D, calcium, thiamine, and riboflavin.

  • Can dogs eat brown rice? Yes, cooked and in moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Brown Rice?

    Yes. Dogs can eat brown rice, but it should be cooked and given in moderation.

    Brown rice is rich in carbohydrates and can provide your dog with an energy boost.

    Rice also contains niacin, fiber, iron, Vitamin D, calcium, thiamine, and riboflavin.

    Brown rice is thought to help prevent certain forms of cancer.

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