Welcome back, everyone, to our new blog. Pet owners have often been in constant battle when deciding on ‘Can dogs eat french toast or not?’ Thus, if you also have constantly been doubtful of feeding your pooch this exceptionally delectable dish, here’s an elaboration that may help you out.
Is french toast suitable for dogs?
No matter what anyone has an opinion about this, never and I stress, NEVERRRR let your dogs munch upon this seemingly safe dish. There are many ingredients that go into making this palatable breakfast which is super harmful to your pooch—the main ones being flour, gluten, and syrup. While not much may seem dangerous during the initial episodes, regular consumption of french toast is sure to cause irreversible damage to your dog’s internal organs.
What makes french toast so bad for dogs?
As mentioned previously, several ingredients are not suitable for our furry partner’s abdomen. Below is an elaborate discussion on each of these harmful items, so make sure to memorize them.
One of the significant ingredients of french toast includes milk. Although the dairy product is a good source of Calcium and other necessary nutrients for our canine friends, there is a specific quantity that’s good for them. You can’t just offer bowls of milk regularly and consider it a healthy diet. Even though the pup will happily slurp all the contents, too much milk can easily give them an upset stomach leading to diarrhea and severe gastric.
Moreover, some dogs are indeed lactose-intolerant. And hence even a speck of milk can incur late-night emergency visits to the vet. So, why risk your pooch’s health when there are plenty of other lip-smacking treats and dog-friendly dishes out there.
Wheat Flour and Gluten
The very essential component of french toast, bread, is generally made up of refined wheat flour. Another red flag that you need to be careful of. Unlike us human beings, dogs have a simple digestive system that can only digest proteins such as meat and eggs. Enter any other molecule, and they automatically run a high risk of suffering from poor digestion problems.
Even more, studies have also shown that almost all dogs have gluten sensitivity, which, when consumed, can cause a myriad of health conditions. These include skin conditions, dermatitis, food allergies, epileptic seizures, diarrhea, bloody stool, frequent vomiting, etc.
Maple and Corn Syrup
A harmful ingredient to both humans and woofers, maple syrup, arrives in two forms. One being naturally formed from the tree’s sap and the other a much cheaper but deleterious substitute, that is corn syrup. And for most of the market available maple syrups, the latter is the case. Coz frankly, they are too economical and easy to derive, so why not???
However, what manufacturing companies forget to analyze are their components. Corn syrup is made of overly processed sugar, leading to weight gain, increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even faster onset of the aging process. Similarly, consumption of such high sugar syrups in dogs leads to vomiting, lethargy, seizures, loss of coordination, and even death.
Although an optional item, you never know what’s there in a french toast until you are the one who baked it. Cinnamon is hands down a gravely dangerous spice for dogs, and even small amounts can cause detrimental effects on your fur baby. If your pooch ends up chewing even one of these sticks, the contents of the spice can cause severe irritation in their mouth.
What’s more? Scientists and dog experts have also warned time and again about the side effects of cinnamon. When inhaled, the powder will cause them to choke, cough, and even have difficulty in breathing. When not treated at the right time, such instances will risk your dog to have seizures that are sure to leave heavy dents on both your pocket and heart.
My dog ate my french toast, now what?
An accident that can quickly become a nightmare, if your pooch accidentally munched down your french toast off your plate, the only thing you are required to do is carefully observe them for any side effects. While an occasional treating with the appetizing dish is no big deal, if your dog is lactose intolerant, the consequences will be appalling.
If your dog shows no signs of an upset stomach or lethargy, it is good to go. You might also want to check for their temperature even though they are showing no signs at all, just to be extra sure. But, the instant they start coughing, choking, or making throw-up sounds, it is high time to run for the vet. Once at the vet, make sure to give them a detailed description of what has happened so that they can promptly cater to the issue.
What are the other side effects of feeding french toast to my dogs?
- Poor nutrition
- Unpleasant weight gain
- Vomiting with blood clots
- Diarrhea with mucus
- Food allergies
- Abdominal wall inflammation
- Swelling of the food pipe
- Painful blisters on the skin
- Epileptic seizures
- Liver and kidney failure
Unlike common misconceptions, this tasty dish can prove to be a hazard to your beloved pooch’s safety. This may also lead to an early death by heart choke or multiple organ failures in extreme cases.
Can dogs eat regular toast?
Unless and until you are 100 percent sure that your pup has no allergies to wheat or grains, feeding them regular toast in control does no such harm. However, make sure not to add any unsaturated fats or slices of butter as it does more bad than good. Simply have the bread a bit toasted on a frying pan or toaster and present it as a treat. Your pup will surely love that.
How to prepare your own dog-friendly french toast?
To make your own dog-friendly french toast at home, minus any toxic ingredients, you will need:
- Four-piece of bread
- Two eggs
- Coconut milk (for lactose-intolerant pups)
- Well-diced banana
- Peanut butter (for flavour)
Step 1: Start with taking the bread pieces and slicing them into small strips. You can also remove the outer layer of the bread if your pooch is a picky eater.
Step 2: Take the eggs and mix them until it’s properly blended.
Step 3: Pour the required amounts of coconut milk into the egg mixture.
Step 4: Use cooking spray on a non-stick pan and heat lightly.
Step 5: Dip the bread segments into the egg-milk mixture before frying them in the pan on medium heat. Put the bread until it is golden on both sides.
Step 6: Remove the contents once cooked. You can then top up with banana slices and add a peanut butter layer to make it even more delicious.
Believe me; your pooch will lick off the whole thing in a few seconds and even run for your hands….next.
But, beware, extreme of anything is never good. And hence this dish is advised as occasional treats or snacks only. The digestive system of dogs have a hard time even digesting simple bread, and therefore pressuring their fragile body for the sake of their palette is never a wise decision as a pet parent. You can look at what we have got here for dog-friendly vet-recommended homemade food dishes.
We hope we have successfully answered all your doubts and queries on the subject. However, if you have more and want us to present our research on the same, don’t forget to mention your questions in the comment section below, and we will be posting our answers soon.
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