Have you ever been around dogs while you eat? Then you know it can be difficult to resist those big puppy eyes. You might feel guilty lifting a big, delicious slice of pizza to your lips while your dog looks on enviously, whining as if he hasn’t been fed in days (even if he just ate).
While pizza slices are messy, you might think pizza rolls would be a nice treat to give your dog. But can dogs eat pizza or pizza rolls and is it safe? In short, the answer is no, you shouldn’t feed your dog most kinds of pizza or pizza rolls. Not only it can cause digestive problems, but certain ingredients can be highly toxic to dogs.
This article will explore what makes pizza rolls a bad choice for dogs and what you can offer your good boy instead when you’re eating pizza in front of him and want to give him a treat.
Why Can’t 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, you shouldn’t 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 him. Just be sure your he isn’t lactose intolerant, which some dogs are. The dairy and fat content of cheese can cause stomach issues in any dog if he’s given too much. Also, being fed cheese regularly can cause weight gain and other health problems.
While it’s okay to give your pup most kinds of cheese, limit it to small quantities, without other ingredients, as an occasional treat.
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 be toxic for your dog.
Unless you made the rolls yourself, you can’t be sure exactly which spices are in those pizza rolls. Of course, too much salt is unhealthy, although the amount of salt in a pizza roll shouldn’t be too bad. 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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Okay, 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 or frozen. The entire recipe (not per treat) contains 1207 calories, 158 grams of carbohydrates, 61 grams of protein, and 41 grams of fat. Best of all, your pup will love them and you won’t have to feel guilty indulging in pizza in front of him as long as you have these handy to feed him instead.
If you’re making homemade pizza or pizza rolls for yourself, you could even make these dog treats at the same time!
- 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 him the whole circle. You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or freeze them for long-term storage. These cute treats also make great gifts for the dog lover in your life.
So there you have it! Now you know why dogs shouldn’t eat pizza rolls or any kind of pizza, which ingredients are safe and which are toxic, and what you can make for your dog as an alternative.
Give your dog a safe, pizza-flavored treat and enjoy your own guilt-free meal!