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Can Puppies Eat Pasta?

Written by Kelvin LowMay 6, 2021

Who doesn't love pasta? Besides being easy and fast to make, it is delicious. Thus, many puppy owners ask themselves if their furry friends can eat pasta, wondering whether it is healthy or not. You’ve come to the right place, where we respond to the six most frequently asked questions:

  1. Can puppies eat pasta?
  2. Should puppies eat pasta?
  3. What kind of pasta can dogs eat?
  4. How much pasta can I give to my puppy?
  5. Is rice or pasta better for dogs?
  6. Risk of feeding pasta to dogs

Can Puppies Eat Pasta?


Pasta isn’t a toxic food for puppies since it is made from flour, water, and eggs (in some cases). However, we can’t guarantee that your dog will react well since there’s the possibility of occurring an allergic reaction, just like in humans.

Should Puppies Eat Pasta?

Even though puppies can ingest pasta without any worries, you shouldn't feed pasta to your puppy on a daily basis since it can cause long-term adverse effects, which we discuss in the section "Risk of feeding pasta to dogs." Moreover, remember to include protein in your dog's food since it is the most crucial element they need. You may find protein mainly in meat and fish.

Nonetheless, your fur friend can get some benefits if given occasionally and in small portions. It is a carbohydrate, which means that it has glycolysis, an essential element for a healthy brain and muscles.

What kind of pasta can dogs eat?

Before offering any kind of pasta to your best friend, we suggest you revising its composition as well as the preparation mode of each one. Having this said, you must prefer certain compositions such as pasta that derives from:

  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • Flaxseed flour

In short, whole wheat pasta is the best type for your dog (and for you as well). Besides, this is a better way of providing carbohydrates to your puppy without causing a sudden burst of energy.

Here are four benefits of feeding whole wheat pasta to your dog:

  1. It is low in sodium and cholesterol-free.
  2. Provides essential nutrients, such as iron and vitamins B.
  3. It holds a fair amount of fiber, which helps regulate digestion and evacuation problems.
  4. It has a low glycemic index (slows the glycolysis level in the blood from increasing quickly), which is an excellent option for providing carbs to diabetic dogs.

How Much Pasta Can I Give to My Puppy?

This question will have different answers according to the given breed of the puppy. Therefore, the ideal amount for your particular puppy can only be determined by a vet since he can personalize a diet for your dog in order to avoid nutritional deficiencies.

However, you do not need to restrict a specific amount every time you offer pasta to your dog. It won't be a problem if you give the dog pasta occasionally and in moderation.

Plus, try to avoid salt or any kind of seasoning since it might be harmful to your puppy.

Is Rice or Pasta Better for Dogs?

Both rice and pasta are perfectly okay carbohydrates for your dog’s diet as long as they don’t have any sauces or seasonings. Variety is critical for a dog's health (and yours).

Rice itself can have some benefits as well. You may want to offer your dog rice when he is facing evacuation problems. Moreover, we discuss a better alternative to white rice in one of our posts. Check out here if dogs can eat brown rice.

On the other hand, if your dog has or is prone to diabetes, you may want to put rice aside from his diet since it has a higher sugar level.

Risk of Feeding Pasta to Puppies

There aren’t many risks of feeding pasta to puppies as long as it is given occasionally and in moderation. Nonetheless, we listed some possible ones here.

  1. Pasta can lead to obesity.

Since it is a carbohydrate, pasta can lead to obesity. However, this doesn’t always happen and is more likely to occur in specific dogs:

  • Elderly dogs
  • Dogs who are sterilized
  • Those who suffer from sedentary habits
  • Brachycephalic animals (short-nosed or flat-faced dogs)

In addition, there are, some breeds are more prone to being overweight. These include:

  • Labradors
  • Beagles
  • Teckels
  • Boxers
  • English bulldogs
  • Rough collies
  • Pugs
  • Basset hounds

Bear in mind that overweight can result in other diseases such as arthritis and hip dysplasia.

  •  Pasta can provoke intolerance or allergies.

Your dog might manifest unusual symptoms after eating pasta. This can indicate allergy or intolerance to the composition of pasta. This results in indigestion, and its symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive problems
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Intoxication

The symptoms mentioned above are more evident if you've added any sauce to the pasta, which should always be avoided since sauces and seasonings can be toxic for dogs. This is one of the reasons why you offer leftovers to your dog isn’t a good idea.

For instance, garlic or garlic powder is commonly used in our pasta recipes. However, it is a dangerous ingredient for your dog. In more detail, garlic attacks red blood cells and causes them to burst and create a potentially fatal condition known as hemolytic anemia.

The same risks happen with onions and even salt. Therefore, try to always offer plain pasta to your dog.

Final Thought

If your dog is free from any conditions or isn’t prone to obesity, you may offer him plain pasta, and there won't be any problem.

But bear in mind that dogs need more meat than carbohydrates. In fact, meat should constitute at least 80% of a dog’s diet. Therefore, when feeding him pasta, you can add it to some boiled chicken, a perfect meal for your best friend.

Remember, variety and moderation are key for your puppy’s health.

About The Author

Kelvin Low

Kelvin Low has more than three years of experience in taking care of pets at home - ranging from dogs, hamsters, to cats and hedgehog. His passion and care towards animals has motivated him to create educational content online to more more pets owners in need.

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