Can dogs eat flour? It is a common question among dog owners and one of the biggest reasons many owners have been avoiding adding flour to their dog’s diet. Flour has long been associated with canine diarrhea and is often avoided by dog owners due to these claims.
While the AAFCO Animal Food Feeding Trials revealed that many commercially prepared dog treats had higher rates of carbohydrate in comparison to treats made with other types of flour, the highest rates of carbohydrate were found in treats that contained highly processed flour. However, it was discovered that highly processed and refined flours contained only a small amount of dietary fiber. In the end, the results showed that carbohydrates in dog treats had a significantly lower nutritional value than the same amount of carbohydrates found in whole grains.
Is it possible that the high rate of carbohydrate is because these ingredients don’t stay moist until they reach the baking stage? Many commercial treats contain high levels of preservatives and other artificial ingredients that prolong shelf life. Also, ingredients such as artificial sweeteners can lower the baking time of certain brands of dog treats. When this happens, the nutrients are not fully utilized because the stomach acid doesn’t break down the contents fast enough to release the nutrients. So, it is believed that the high carbohydrate content in these treats may be from the packaging and not the ingredients themselves.
Although some breeds of dogs do eat a bit, these are generally smaller breed dogs that have less moisture in their fur and digestive tract. Commonly used treats for puppies include dog biscuits, hot dogs, and corn snacks. Other breeds that do not like these foods include the Miniature Schnauzer and Golden Retriever.
Can dogs eat corn tortillas? Although corn tortillas are typically lower in fat, moistened by corn meal substitute, the tortilla still contains calories. Therefore, corn tortillas are not always a good choice. But, if you are looking for a healthy alternative, look for moistened wheat tortillas.
Can dogs eat whole grains? Although not as popular as white bread or cereals, whole grains are still a better choice for your pet’s nutrition. They are available in three different forms: corn, rice, and wheat. White bread and many cereals do not contain all of the nutrients that are naturally found in whole grains, and even though they are marketed as “whole grains,” they are often not true whole grains