This Pancake Day, it may be best to keep the toppings to a minimum when it comes to your beloved dog, as too much of certain foods can make them sick – with some even proving deadly
We’d do anything to keep our pooches happy – and sometimes that includes sneaking them little bits of ‘human’ food.
A vet has warned, however, that sometimes this isn’t the best idea, as there are things we eat that dogs should avoid at all costs – especially with Pancake Day fast approaching (Tuesday, February 13). No matter how much your furry friend gives you puppy dog eyes, some things just shouldn’t be shared, and veterinarian Dr Joanna Woodnutt at Petsure has shared ingredients to never give to your dog, and why “moderation is key” when it comes to your pal and treats.
Dr Woodnutt said that dogs “can have pancakes”, but it’s best to not pile the toppings high. She said: “A small piece of plain pancake without any toppings is a safe choice for most dogs. Stick to flour, eggs and water and stay away from ingredients like chocolate, sweeteners, syrups and butter as these can be very dangerous to your dog.”
So, it’s good to know that your pooch can participate in the festivities, just “in moderation.” It’s also important to keep your dog’s specific dietary needs in mind, as a “sudden change to diet could have a bad effect on your dog’s stomach.” Instead, “stick to small amounts of food you know are safe.”
She said: “Always think before you feed your dog and check with your vet if you’re unsure whether it’s safe for them. Especially if your dog has a chronic disease or special diet.”
Here are some top tips for a dog-friendly pancake day:
Make sure your ingredients don’t include xylitol (sometimes called ‘birch sugar’ or E967). This is an artificial sweetener often found in some types of peanut butter, chocolate and syrups and is very harmful to dogs. It can cause seizures, liver failure, or even death if eaten, so it’s very important to be aware of this when giving your dog a treat on Pancake Day.
Add healthy toppings. For something a little more exciting, you can add some dog-friendly fruit toppings like blueberries, bananas, or strawberries. Stay away from toxic foods like grapes, raisins, and jam which could potentially cause serious health issues.
Moderation is key. Too much of anything can upset your dog’s stomach. Remember this when you’re celebrating Pancake Day.
Ask for expert advice. Speak to your vet if you’re worried about your dog having food intolerances. Pancakes are a safe occasional treat to give your dog. But always check if you’re unsure of an ingredient or for advice on your dog’s individual dietary needs.
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