Can Dogs Eat Bagels? – A Very Important Food Guide

Can I give my dog bagels? Can dogs eat bagels? A very popular question, and today we answer it. Our dog’s diet is very important and some of the food you are giving it might be dangerous. Are bagels a problem? Let’s find out.

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Beagle eating bagels

Can my Dog Eat Bagels Quick answer >

No. Avoid bagels, there are healthier (less-risky) “human treats” to pamper your dog.

Bagels Are Not Recommended to Our Canine Friends

What you see in the picture above, although adorable, is wrong. This food is far from ideal, especially in big quantities, and even worst if fed regularly. Now, don’t take me wrong, unless your dog has an allergy to dough, herbs, (or any ingredient in that specific bagel; consider the wide variety of bagels and toppings), your dog will be completely fine if he eats a very small chunk of the bagel you gave him, or even dropped in the floor accidentally. However, in big and regular quantities, it can lead to severe health issues (e.g. obesity and diabetes). Preferably, avoid feeding him this, even if just a little, even if he begs, don’t do it. It can quickly grow into a habit and when you notice it you have lost control of your dog’s diet and health.

Dough, Raisins, Onions, and Other Ingredients, Seasonings, and Toppings

The real problem about feeding your pet with bagels is not actually the bagel itself. While a plain bagel can be harmful in big quantities, due to being high in carbohydrates and gluten (leads to weight gain). The major issue lays in the toppings and seasonings. Many contain ingredients such as raisins and onions (among others). These are extremely dangerous for your dog. You must ALWAYS avoid raisins and onions, no matter the dosage.

See if dogs can eat: milkshakes and cheese.

Common bagel ingredients that are harmful to your dog:

  • Dough (can be a problem in the long-term, especially if dough is exposed to warm).
  • Raisins.
  • Onions.
  • Garlic
  • Poppy Seeds.
  • Butter.
  • Onion and Garlic Creams / Seasonings.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.

What is the Nutritional Value** of a Bagel?

Although this of course varies, a standard bagel with no toppings and seasonings contains an average of:
– 90 calories
– 1 to 3 grams of fat.
– 50 to 70 grams of carbs.
– 3 to 5 grams of fiber.
– 6 to 10 grams of protein.
– If we are talking about non-plain bagels, then we must consider around:
– 300 to 400 calories.
– 4 to 6 grams of fat.
– 60 to 80 grams of carbs.
– 5 to 8 grams of fiber.
10 to 13 grams of protein.
Of course, if you are baking at home, this may vary drastically.
**Please see our image below for more detailed info.

What Dosage is Healthy?

Healthy? None. This food shouldn’t be in your dog’s diet. However, a small chunk (let’s say 3 to 10gr depending on the dog’s weight) for his/her birthday, won’t be an issue. Unless he is overweight.

Are There Any Breeds Specifically Sensible to Bagels?

Not specifically. However, there are breeds that have a natural tendency to be overweight and consequently obese. These are:
– Boxer.
– German Shepherd.
– English Bulldog.
– Labrador.
– Dachshund.
– Scottish Terrier.
– Beagle (oh yes, the irony!).
– Basset Hound.
Does this mean they are sensitive to bagel-specific ingredients? No. It just means they are prone to obesity, therefore any food with an excess of carbs can quickly become a bad and dangerous habit.

What are the Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?

Fortunately, dogs don’t have a tendency to be allergic to a dough, but if we are talking about a non-plain bagel keep an eye for cheese, carrot, wheat, soy, and corn*. In fact, if it’s not a plain bagel you shouldn’t be even considering feeding him that.
Common symptoms* are:
– Diarrhea.
– Excessive feet licking.
– Ear inflammation.
– Other gastrointestinal issues.
*These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual even if we didn’t list it above.

Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Bagels?

No, they can’t. A small chunk for his/her birthday during Christmas won’t hurt him. However, don’t even consider feeding him regularly. Even if its just the leftovers of your breakfast, it’s a very bad habit. He is likely to start begging you every day for it, so just don’t let him have the taste of it. There are many other great and healthy treats for him that he will surely love. Heck, there even is “human food” that is totally fine for him to eat occasionally, but bagels aren’t one of them.

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