While donuts may seemingly feel harmless to dogs, there are many dangers associated with them. The major problem is brought about by the ingredients.
Although most of the basic ingredients may feel relatively safe for dogs to consume, many donuts have other ingredients that may put your dog’s health in danger. Here are some of the common dangers of donuts in dogs.
Raw wheat and raw dough are dangerous to dogs. Raw donut has active yeast that is responsible for making the donuts rise and become fluffy and light. Yeast in raw dough can be very harmful to dogs.
When a dog consumes yeast in raw dough, the warm environment in the dog’s stomach encourages the yeast to rise. This leads to a stomach which may otherwise cause damage to the stomach and also affect the dog’s breathing.
Furthermore, the yeast may ferment in the stomach to produce ethanol that is later absorbed in the bloodstream causing the dogs to become intoxicated. Therefore, keep any raw donut away from the dog’s reach.
Donuts are high in fat since they are cooked by frying them in oil. If a dog consumes a fried donut, chances are, the high-fat content will cause a gastrointestinal upset in the form of diarrhea and vomiting.
Furthermore, the fatty donut may lead to pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). This condition may cause other symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and decreased appetite. Pancreatitis can be deadly in severe cases, so avoid sharing that donut with your dog.
There are several frosting types used in donuts, and here are the common ones.
Chocolate, one of the commonly used ingredients in donuts, can be very dangerous to dogs. It doesn’t take much for it to become toxic to dogs, especially on small dogs.
Unlike dark chocolate, milk chocolate, commonly used for frost donuts, is not a huge threat to dogs. Making a chocolate donut then adding a dark chocolate frosting could be highly dangerous to dogs and sometimes deadly.
Some of the popular symptoms of chocolate poisoning include diarrhea, increased thirst, vomiting, excessive urination, and trouble breathing. If your dog ate lots of chocolate donuts and notices the above symptoms, be sure to call or visit your vet immediately.
Dogs should never be given powdered donuts, especially when they are coated with powdered sugar. This will only make their blood sugar level increase and could also cause excessive weight gain. In addition, if the sugar sticks in your dog’s teeth, tooth decay may also occur.
Glazed donuts are also not the best for dogs to consume. This is because they have too many fats, too many sugars, and only a little nutritional value.
Basically, these are empty calories that could be harmful to your dog’s health. Although they are a tasty treat for humans, glazed donuts should never be given to dogs.
A tiny bit of toppings or sprinkles would probably not make your dog sick, but plenty of it would be a danger to your dog’s health. Some common toppings are raisins and nuts.
Although peanuts are generally safe for dogs, other nut toppings used in donuts, including macadamia nuts and walnuts, are deemed to be very unsafe. In addition, raisins are also very dangerous for dogs.