Obesity happens when dogs over-consume bread crust. This is because bread is high in calories and low in nutritional value.
It also doesn’t help that bread is rarely filling which means you may find yourself giving your dog more and more of the crust before they finally get satisfied.
If your dog is already overweight or prone to developing obesity due to their breed genetics, it is best to avoid bread crust altogether.
On the other hand, if your dog is of normal weight and not predisposed to obesity, you can feed them bread crust but in moderation, to avoid changing their fate for the worse.
Another scenario where feeding your dog bread crust is not advisable is when ingredients that are toxic to the dog have been used to make the bread. Here are some of the most common culprits:
- Artificial sweeteners like xylitol
- Nuts like macadamia or walnuts
- Garlic or onion
These ingredients will trigger adverse reactions that in some cases can actually be life-threatening.
Finally, avoid feeding your dog raw bread dough at all costs.
In addition to the risk of contamination by bacteria, raw dough is generally harder for the dog to break down and may cause great abdominal discomfort.