When You Should Feed Your Dog Bread
YES, dogs can eat bread but only in SMALL portions and NOT on a regular basis. Bread can serve as an occasional treat but really nothing more than that. It is never a good idea to leave bread around where your dog can get it. Bread is high in calories, and even a small amount can add. For example: Our pug consumes around 400-450 calories a day, and one slice a bread can have up to 140 calories! That is a lot for one dog, so be fooled into thinking that just because the bread you eat or feed your dog is “wheat” or “multigrain” that it is healthy and good for your dog.
Too much bread can expand your dog’s tummies and people food in general can build some pretty bad food habits in dogs. Some dogs might be allergic to wheat and other ingredients in bread so you would want to make sure that is not the case for your dog. A lot of bread will serve as nothing but empty calories and sugar for your dog’s diet. It is also important make sure you do not feed your dog uncooked bread or yeast because it can stretch your dog’s abdomen and cause severe pain.
What Your Dogs Food is Made of
Bread is a prime ingredient in a lot of dog food and make no mistake that it is ubiquitous in dog products. “Dog’s bread”, made from bran, has been mentioned as an ingredient in dog food since at least Roman Times, and many homemade dog biscuits are made with barley.
If you do want to feed your dog some bread, homemade is always better than the store-bought bread. You want to be VERY careful of the ingredients you use. There are some recipes where you can add ingredients as bananas, blueberries or carrots to make the bread more hearty.
Below are some nutritional and easy homemade dog bread recipes that your dogs will love.
Dog Bread Recipe “For My Angel”
- 5 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 cup Crisco shortening
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Dissolve yeast in warm water (about 1/2 cup) – sift dry ingredients into large mixing bowl, cut in shortening with a pastry blender – stir in buttermilk, work into a dough.
- Spray Ziploc bag with Pam or other veggie spray – dump dough into bag, zip up and keep in fridge (it will rise in the bag).
- The dough lasts about a week in the fridge – you pinch off what you need, roll or shape into 1/2-inch thick biscuits and bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Carrot Bread for Dogs
Do you want your dog to have a nice pair of sparkling eyes? Then you are so need to bake this carrot bread for your dog.
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 stick of butter room temperature
- 65% cup of sugar
- 50% teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup of finely grated carrots
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine butter, salts, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl, stir to blend
- Then add sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon, stir to blend
- Mix in flour, add cup of finely grated carrots, coconut milk, and nuts
- Bake it in a loaf pan for 80 minutes or until done. Use wooden skewers to test for doneness.
Note: some dogs are sensitive to coconut milk, so you may want to substitute it with low fat milk or similar. While it’s a common practice to use whole wheat flour for baking, use all purpose flour for those dogs that are allergic to wheat. Reduce the amount of sugar as carrot has already sweet favor to it. If you and your dog have sweet tooth, go ahead and add it up to one cup but no more. Last but not least, this carrot bread is NOT meant for dogs with diabetes.