We’re all familiar with the dog begging for the table scraps, and nothing is more tempting than giving the dog the pizza crust that many people don’t eat anyway, but is it safe to do so? While eating some pizza crust probably won’t kill your dog, there are plenty of good reasons not to let them have it. We’ll go over those reasons now to help you understand why there are plenty of better treats you can feed your pet.
What is in pizza crust?
We reached out to Sugar Spun Run for a list of ingredients in a basic pizza crust recipe, and this is what we found.
Is pizza crust bad for dogs?
Let’s look at the ingredients and see if there are any that are harmful to dogs.
- Flour is the main ingredient. Dogs do not need flour in their diets, and it’s the cause of allergic reactions in many dogs. Bleached flour has few nutrients and only contributes to weight gain.
- Neither sugar, nor salt, are good to add to your pet’s diet, but the amounts in pizza dough is minimal.
Is pizza crust good for dogs?
A small amount of olive oil added to a dog’s diet can help them feel better and helps add shine to their coat. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that can help break down fat cells and reduce insulin sensitivity. Olive oil also contains powerful antioxidants that can help strengthen your pet’s immune system.
Is pizza crust dangerous for dogs?
The pizza crust is hazardous for dogs to ingest if it’s raw. The raw dough contains live yeast that is deadly to dogs and can poison their bloodstream with ethanol if they were to eat it. Dogs can see complications from ingesting even a small amount of live yeast, and it’s on the Humane Society’s list of poisonous foods.
The biggest danger from allowing your dog to eat pizza crust comes from the toppings that on it. Common pizza toppings like garlic and onion are deadly to dogs, and in many cases, garlic butter is applied directly to the crust. Onion and garlic are also common ingredients in the sauce.
Can I Make a Healthy Pizza Crust for My Dog?
If your dog is a pizza crust fanatic, we can help you make a healthier crust by modifying the ingredients above slightly.
Modified Pizza Crust Ingredients
- 2⅓ cups of almond, chickpea, coconut, or potato flour
- 2¼ teaspoons, or one packet of instant yeast
- ¾ teaspoon iodized salt
- 2½ teaspoons of granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- ¾ cup of warm water
- Mix one cup of flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the olive oil and warm water and mix well with a large wooden or metal spoon.
- Slowly add a second cup of flour until the dough ball forms. You may need more than one cup of flour.
- Once the dough ball forms, knead and fold with your hands until you have a tight dough ball.
- Coat a second bowl with olive oils and place the dough ball inside coating the dough ball with olive oil as well.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at least 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a floured table and roll flat with a rolling pin.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into treat sized squares
- Place the squares on a parchment paper-lined pizza tray and brush olive oil over the tops.
- Bake at 425-degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, remove and let cool.
Most of us have been tempted at one time or another to let our dog have the pizza crust, but you should try to avoid that temptation as much as possible. If you do give your dog the crust, make sure there is no garlic or onions on it, and never let your dog have garlic or parmesan crust. The modified recipe we supply substitutes a no grain flour that improves the healthiness of the crust and adds some nutrients. You can also cut homemade treats to suit your dog.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide to feeding your dog pizza crust and have learned something new. If you are surprised to learn that pizza crust can be harmful to dogs or if you are going to try out our recipe, please share it on Facebook and Twitter.
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