Lasagna is a human food that is made for human consumption and not dogs’, hence you should not feed lasagna to your dog. If your dog consumes small portions of lasagna, it is not likely to affect your dog.
However, we discourage and advise against feeding your dog lasagna at all because of the components and ingredients contained in it. Read on to find out why.
Can Dogs Eat Lasagna
As with other human foods, your dog can eat lasagna but really should not. Lasagna is likely to do more harm than good to your dog, especially when taken without moderation.
Lasagna does not provide any nutritional benefit to your dog so your dog is better off not having it at all, in order to avoid illnesses of all kinds that may arise from feeding your dog lots of lasagna.
Some of the ingredients used in making lasagna are very toxic and not at all dog-friendly. Hence, it is advised that your keep away from feeding your dog lasagna all together.
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Ingredients Contained In Lasagna
Like many other human foods, Lasagna contains ingredients like garlic and onion, which are toxic to dogs. The following ingredients are contained in lasagna:
Onion, Cheese, Pepper, Oregano, Garlic, Basil, ground meat and lasagna noodles.
Although individually they are not all toxic or harmful to dogs, a combination of these ingredients makes Lasagna unhealthy and unsafe for your dog’s consumption.
Ground meat, Pepper, Pasta and Basil are not harmful ingredients on their own. However, the other ingredients possess levels of toxicity. A few of the other ingredients are:
Garlic And Onion
These two are the most toxic of the lasagna ingredients for your dog. Lasagna contains chopped onion and garlic in large quantities and this could be very hazardous and life-threatening for your dog as it could lead to hemolytic anemia.
Although plain, ripe tomatoes might be safe for your dog’s consumption and good for his health, tomato sauce is a different case.
The tomato sauce is equally toxic and harmful to your dog as it contains garlic and onion, major causes of digestive issues in your dog. The effects of feeding on tomato sauce could turn out to be more than that of feeding on onion.
Though cheese is not potentially harmful and toxic to your dog, eating excess cheese can cause stomach related issues, especially with dogs that are lactose intolerant. Overfeeding on cheese may damage your dog’s digestive system and cause obesity.
Health Issues Related With Feeding Your Dog Lasagna
Some health issues that stem from your dog overfeeding on lasagna and their symptoms and side effects are:
Anemia (reduced blood cells) has the following symptoms:
- Labored breathing
- Loss of energy.
- Decreased blood platelets resulting in marks on your dog’s skin.
- Discoloration in gums
- Bloody vomits and stool.
Stomach Upset (triggered by consumption of unsafe food) has the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite.
If your dog begins to show any of these symptoms after eating lasagna, hurry to your veterinary doctor as he or she knows the best line of action to take to prevent the situation from worsening.
Factors That Determine The Effects On Your Dog
There are three major factors that would likely be determiners of how your dog reacts to eating lasagna in large quantity. These factors are:
- Dog’s Health History
If your dog has a history record of gastrointestinal disorder, diarrhea, lactose intolerance or obesity, his reaction to consuming lots of lasagna may be more intense as the lasagna would only end up triggering already present health issues in your dog.
- Size of Your Dog
Larger dogs tend to digest foods easier than smaller dogs because of their larger stomach. A large dog has lower tendencies of falling ill from eating a large portion of lasagna, except of course he goes way overboard with it. A smaller dog is not likely to eat the same portion of lasagna a large dog eats, without having some form of complications or health issue.
- Breed of Your Dog.
Your dog’s breed is also a good determinant of your dogs high or low chances of falling ill due to overfeeding on lasagna. A breed like Akita is likely to have complications from eating lasagna. The smallest serving of lasagna could cause health issues in such dogs.
If your dog is on any kind of medication, it may also affect his digestive system and make him react to feeding on lasagna, even though, he naturally would not have issues with that amount of serving before now.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can Lasagna Kill Dogs?
The lasagna noodle itself is not harmful and does not have any potential risk for your dog. However, the additives and ingredients make it toxic and harmful for your dog.
It is these ingredients that bring about life-threatening illnesses if not eaten in the right amount. On a general note though, consuming lasagna in large quantity can lead to terminal illnesses in your dog because of the ingredients used in making it.
What Do I Do If My Dog Ate Lasagna
The effect of consuming too much lasagna would most likely be different in a small dog than in a large dog, as larger dogs are less likely to be harmed by consuming lots of lasagna.
This does not mean that larger dogs cannot be affected even if they eat so much lasagna. Your dog’s breed would also determine his chances of getting ill from consuming large portions of lasagna.
That been said, If your dog consumes more lasagna than he should without your knowledge, and you observe or notice any of the symptoms listed above, you must make sure to see your veterinary doctor immediately.
What Can I Use To Substitute Lasagna For My Dog?
Dog-friendly Lasagna made without onion, garlic and tomato sauce. The safer lasagna for your dog is one made with only ground beef, basil and vegetables or pasta.
Chicken breasts are healthy, nutritious and safe for your dog’s consumption so Chicken Casserole or Vegetable casserole, both made with vegetables brown rice and chicken breast is a recommended substitute for lasagna.
Can I Give My Dog Spaghetti?
Your dog can enjoy an occasional serving of plain spaghetti as a treat. Although pasta does not pose any potential harm to your dog, you must ensure to maintain moderation when giving your dog some spaghetti.
You can share your lasagna with your dog but ensure that you do not use any toxic ingredient to prepare it or any other food you wish to share with him
You must bear in mind that your dog does not have the same digestive system as human and there is only so much human food your dog can consume without having health complications.