It’s Friday night, the doorbell rings, and it’s the best delivery of the week: pizza! Those gooey slices loaded with your favorite toppings are enough to make even the worst week just melt away. From the flavorful tomato sauce to the perfectly crisp crust, it’s all of the ingredients put together that makes pizza so delicious. However, a lot of the essential pizza ingredients are actually very dangerous to your dog, meaning those joint pizza parties can be causing more harm to your pup than you thought.
Is Pizza Bad for Dogs ?
Yes, pizza can actually be quite toxic to dogs. Of all of your meal staples, pizza may actually cause some of the biggest health problems. Pizza comes in many forms, but a great majority of the toppings fall into the “Unsafe for Dogs” category.
Starting with the crust, many pizza places use quite a bit of oil and salt in their dough. Oil is quite unhealthy for dogs because large amounts of fat inflame the pancreas and create a very painful condition called pancreatitis. Some crust recipes use large amounts of salt to flavor the dough.
Depending on the dog and how much salt is used, this can cause salt poisoning, a dangerous condition that can irreparably damage the kidneys and even lead to death.
The Dangers of Garlic and Onions in Pizza
The sauce is bad for dogs because of one of its main ingredients: garlic. Garlic is part of the Allium family, along with onions, chives, and leeks. Garlic is actually five times more potent than onions in terms of toxicity, and it doesn’t matter if it’s in liquid, solid, or even powder form.
Members of the Allium family damage the red blood cells so they rupture (hemolysis), leading to anemia because the red blood cells are damaged and die. Dogs who suffer from Allium toxicity can die due to the ensuing anemia. Signs include white or pale gums, weakness, an increase in both heart- and respiratory rates, extreme lethargy, and even collapse. As the anemia advances, it’s possible to see red or brown urine due to blood in the urine.