So the short answer to question “can dogs eat bread?” – yes, but in small portions. Bread should not be a regular part of their diet. Bread is not the most nutritional thing to serve to a dog. Bread can be an occasional treat for the dog but that is it. Do not leave a loaf of bread around where the dog can easily get it. The dog will eat the entire loaf without think twice and this can cause stomach pain. Bread is high in calories. For example a pug consumes between 400 and 500 calories each day. That is their recommended daily calorie intake. Bread can have up to 140 calories alone and that is per slice. For one dog this is a lot of calories per serving. Even wheat or multi gram bread can be high in calories.
Too much bread can expand a dogs’ stomach and can develop some bad habits. This can cause stomach discomfort for the dog. A dog may be allergic to wheat and other ingredients that go into the bread (READ HERE: what can cause dog allergy and what are the best hypoallergenic dog food). Empty calories and sugar is not good for many breeds of dogs or humans either. Do not feed the dog bread that is not cooked or yeast that is uncooked. This can expand the dog’s stomach and it will be very painful.
Dog Food Ingredients
Bread is made from some of the same products that go into dog food. Looking at the ingredients in the dog food they will be similar to the ingredients in the following recipes. This includes bran. Many homemade dog treats are made with barley which also goes into bread.
` If you do decide to give your dog bread, homemade bread is much better than store purchased. You want to be careful about the ingredients that you put into the bread. You know exactly what is going into the bread as well as the amounts. Some recipes will want you to add bananas, blueberries, and other fruits or vegetables to make it more filling.
Below are some recipes for homemade bread for dogs that are healthier than regular bread .
Bread Recipe for My Angel
- 5 cups of bread flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 teaspoon sugar
- ¾ cup shortening (Crisco)
- 2 teaspoon yeast
- 2 cups buttermilk
Mix the yeast and a ½ cup of warm water so the yeast can dissolve. Shift together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in the shortening. Stir in the buttermilk until the mixture forms a dough.
Spray a ziplock style bag with cooking spray. Put the dough into the bad and put in the refrigerator and allow the dough to rise.
This dough can stay refrigerated for up to a week. Break off what you need and shape it into ½ inch thick biscuits. Bake the biscuits at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until they are golden brown in color.
Carrot Bread Designed for Dogs
This bread can help your dog get sparkling eyes due to the carrots.
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 stick of butter, at room temperature
- 65% cup of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup of finely grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped pecan pieces
- 1 cup of coconut milk
Be sure to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the butter, salts, sugar, and the eggs in a large bowl. Stir this mixture until well blended.
Add the sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon. Stir the mixture to combine well.
Add in the flour, a cup of the grated carrots, the coconut milk ,and the pecans.
Put the mixture into a loaf pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 80 minutes or until set in the center. To check for doneness put a wooden skewer in the center. If it comes out clean the bread is done. If there is batter on the skewer the bread still needs to cook.
Be sure to note: Some dogs may have a sensitivity to coconut milk. Instead of using coconut milk you may want to use low fat milk (READ HERE: Is Milk Bad For Your Dog?) or a similar product. While many people may use whole wheat flour when they bake all purpose flour is a better choice for dogs. Some dogs may be allergic to the wheat. You can also reduce the amount of sugar in this recipes as the carrots are going to add natural sweetness. If you and your dog both have a desire for sweets you can add up to come cup but no more than this amount. Can dogs eat bread? The last note is very important, this carrot bread is not meant to be served to dogs that are suffering for diabetes.