We love indulging in pancakes with our favourite sweet or savoury toppings. Whether you enjoy fluffy or crepe-like pancakes, we can’t help but wonder if our furry friends can enjoy this treat with us.
You’re bound to find hopeful eyes staring up at you as you dig in, so find out if dogs can eat pancakes and how they can safely enjoy them with our handy guide below. Read on!
Can dogs eat pancakes?
Yes, dogs can eat a little bit of plain pancake, without syrups, cream or chocolate on top. Fruit is one topping you can give your dog in moderation – but only specific types. Dogs can eat a bit of pancake with banana, strawberries or blueberries, but never grapes.
Many dogs are lactose intolerant, so large amounts of pancake could give them diarrhoea. Less commonly, dogs can suffer from wheat intolerance, which could also result in a stomach upset.
Can dogs eat pancakes with syrup?
Dogs should not eat pancakes with syrup. Syrup has a very high sugar content which is bad for your dog and can cause stomach upsets. Some syrups also contain additives which are potentially harmful to your dog so it’s best to avoid them altogether; for example, sugar-free syrups often contain xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs.
If you’re a fan of peanut butter on pancakes, remember this is another treat that should only be fed in very small amounts – and again, check it doesn’t contain xylitol.
Are pancakes good for dogs?
Pancakes are not good or healthy for dogs but as long as your dog doesn’t have lactose or wheat intolerances and the pancakes are plain, your dog should be fine to eat them in moderation.
Pancakes have limited nutritional value so your pooch should be getting all of their nutrients from a balanced dog diet. Read the guide for more information.
When are pancakes bad for dogs?
Pancakes are bad for dogs when they’re topped or filled with foods dogs cannot eat. Some fruits, like grapes, are highly toxic to dogs; just one grape or raisin could cause serious health issues. Similarly, some of our favourite toppings like lemon juice or jam should also be avoided because of the high sugar content and potential for stomach upset. And, of course, we all know that dogs should never eat chocolate, so this should also be avoided.
As with all treats, it’s also important to feed pancakes in moderation to avoid an upset stomach. Even plain pancakes can cause an upset stomach if you feed too many.
How should I feed my dog pancakes?
You can feed your dog a small amount of plain pancake occasionally. Dogs can eat strawberries, bananas and blueberries, so adding a couple of these fruits can make a fine treat for them. To feed your dog pancakes, always avoid butter, syrups, jams, and chocolate.
Cut up the pancake so it’s easier for your dog to eat and avoids choking. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind the size of your dog when you cut up those chunks! Small dogs will need smaller pieces compared to big dogs because of their smaller mouths.
Like with any food, if it’s the first time you’re feeding pancakes to your pooch, make sure to monitor them. If you do notice that something is wrong, contact your vet straight away.