While pizza slices are messy, you might think pizza rolls would be a nice treat to give your dog. But can dogs eat pizza rolls or even pizza, and is it safe? In short, no. Here’s what makes it a bad choice for dogs, and what you can offer your good boy instead.
Can dogs eat pizza rolls?
Let’s walk through the ingredients in pizza rolls and explain which ones are safe and which ones you should avoid.
But remember that in general, especially if you didn’t make the pizza rolls from scratch yourself and aren’t certain of the ingredients, it’s best not to give your dog pizza rolls, even though some of the ingredients are okay.
1. Tomato sauce
Most pizza rolls are going to contain tomatoes in some form. Small amounts of mature tomatoes are safe for dogs, but young, green tomatoes or the green part of the tomato plant contain solanine, which is toxic for dogs.
Furthermore, many tomato sauces have garlic and onions in them, both of which are also toxic to dogs.
Cheese can be safe for your dog in small portions as an occasional treat. The vitamins and protein in cheese can even be beneficial to them. Just be sure your pup isn’t lactose intolerant.
In large amounts, the dairy and fat content of cheese can cause an upset stomach in any dog, and being fed cheese regularly can cause weight gain and other health problems.
The crust or pastry wrapping around a pizza roll isn’t necessarily bad for dogs, but it’s not giving them any nutritional value, either. While crust on its own won’t make them sick, it’s just empty calories.
Plus, some crusts contain or are coated with garlic oil or other substances that could again be toxic for your dog.
Unless you made the rolls yourself, you can’t be sure exactly which spices are in those pizza rolls.
Salt is unhealthy for dogs, although the amount of salt in a pizza roll shouldn’t be too bad for them. Oregano, garlic, and onion powder are other herbs and spices that are often used in pizza making and are harmful to dogs (although small amounts of oregano may be safe).
If you buy pizza rolls with any sort of toppings, you have to worry about the ingredients used to make those toppings and whether or not those could be dangerous to your dog.
Even pepperoni, which is high in protein, contains a lot of fat, which may upset your dog’s tummy.
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No pizza rolls, got it. What can I give my dog instead?
You can find pizza-flavored dog treats at many pet stores. An even healthier alternative is to make them yourself.
This recipe makes about 12 pizza treats and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or frozen for long-term storage. The entire recipe (not per treat) contains 1207 calories, 158 grams of carbohydrates, 61 grams of protein, and 41 grams of fat.
If you’re making homemade pizza or pizza rolls for yourself, make a few extra treats for your dog at the same time! They will love them, and you won’t have to feel guilty indulging in pizza in front of your pup.
- 1 cup wheat or spelt flour
- 1/3 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 pinch or small fistful of basil
- 1 pinch or small fistful of sundried tomatoes
- 1 small ball or a few slices of fresh mozzarella
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop the basil, sundried tomatoes, and cheese into little pieces and set aside.
- Combine both types of flour in a bowl. Stir in the chopped basil, sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella.
- Pour in the water and stir the mixture until it forms a dry dough that sticks together. If the dough is too crumbly, add a tablespoon of water to the mixture. If the dough is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour.
- Flatten the dough using a rolling pin. Use the rim of a glass to cut circular treats out of the dough and a knife to make indents in the circles to create the look of “pizza slices” (optional, but cute!). Transfer pizza rounds to a cookie sheet.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the pizzas are lightly browned. Remove treats from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
Depending on the size of your dog, you may want to break these pizzas up into little slices instead of feeding them the whole circle.
These cute treats also make great gifts for the dog lover in your life.
While it can be difficult to resist those big puppy eyes, dogs shouldn’t eat pizza rolls or any kind of pizza. Not only is it unhealthy, but certain ingredients found in pizza can cause digestive problems and may even be toxic to pets.
he good news is, you can make your own dog-friendly version of pizza rolls. Just be sure to limit the number of treats you give, as they’re still high in calories.