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Can Dogs Eat Teddy Grahams? Vet-Approved Facts & FAQ

Written by: Grant Piper

Last Updated on April 18, 2024 by Dogster Team

Can Dogs Eat Teddy Grahams? Vet-Approved Facts & FAQ

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Before changing your dog’s/ cat’s diet or introducing new ingredients or supplements that they haven’t eaten before, especially when it comes to human food, make sure to consult your veterinarian first. Every dog/cat is different and requires an individual approach to nutrition, depending on their age, health, level of activity, and medical history. The guidelines offered in our article have been fact-checked and approved by a veterinarian but should be used as a mere guide on food safety, rather than an individual nutrition plan.

Teddy Grahams are small, delicious human snacks resembling Scooby Snacks, a popular dog treat. After eating Teddy Grahams, some people have wondered if their dogs can safely eat them. The answer to that question is yes, dogs can technically eat Teddy Grahams, as long as they’re the plain honey ones. But that is not the whole story. There are several flavors of Teddy Graham and some things you need to consider before shelling them out to your dog.

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Dogs Can Eat Plain Teddy Grahams

Dogs can eat regular Teddy Grahams in small quantities. They are not toxic to dogs, and most dogs will not experience side effects if they only consume a small portion. Teddy Grahams are so small that one or two will have no discernible effect on your dog. If they steal one from you, you don’t need to rush off to the vet.

The primary ingredient in a regular Teddy Graham is graham flour, which is safe for most dogs, but some dogs are allergic to wheat. The primary flavor of regular Teddy Grahams is honey, which is also safe for dogs. However, some other flavors are not safe or good for dogs in large amounts. Those include cinnamon, chocolate, and chocolatey chip. Only the standard honey-flavored Teddy Grahams are considered to be safe for dogs.

Look for Harmful Ingredients

When feeding your dog any type of human food, it is always prudent to look for harmful ingredients before feeding them. Dogs should not eat chocolate, cocoa, and xylitol. Chocolate and xylitol can be fatal if ingested in large quantities. Any food not explicitly created or formulated for dogs could have hidden dangers lurking in the ingredient list.

Make it a habit to look at the list on the box before feeding your dog human food. Plain honey Teddy Grahams do not have any harmful ingredients listed, which is why they are safe for dogs to ingest in small quantities.

Cinnamon Teddy Grahams are not toxic but can cause trouble for dogs. Cinnamon can cause an upset stomach in large amounts.

Honey Teddy Grahams Ingredients

  • Graham Flour (Whole Grain Wheat Flour)
  • Enriched Unbleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate)
  • Riboflavin
  • Folic Acid
  • Sugar
  • Canola Oil
  • Dextrose
  • Honey
  • Calcium Carbonate (Source of Calcium)
  • Maltodextrin
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Natural Flavor

Honey Teddy Grahams Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 24 pieces
  • Calories: 130
  • Total Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 90 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Protein: 2 g

What Happens If Your Dog Eats Teddy Grahams?

If you catch your dog pigging out on a bag of honey Teddy Grahams that was left out, you should not have to worry. Your dog may develop an upset stomach since they are not used to the ingredients in Teddy Grahams, especially if they have eaten a significant amount.  Also, some dogs have an intolerance to wheat and can develop an upset stomach or skin irritation.

If your dog accidentally eats honey Teddy Grahams, monitor them for vomiting or diarrhea and take them to the vet if they occur. Note that the nutrition facts are for a serving size of 24 pieces, which is a considerable number. If your dog eats anything but the usual Honey Teddy Grahams, check the ingredients for cocoa, chocolate, or xylitol and contact your veterinarian if they are present. If not, monitor your dog for any signs of problems and take them to a vet if you are worried.

Should You Feed Teddy Grahams to Your Dog?

No. While dogs can eat Teddy Grahams, they shouldn’t be a part of their regular diet. Teddy Grahams have unnecessary carbohydrates, sugar, and calories that dogs do not need. This can lead to weight gain over time and issues such as pancreatitis, joint problems, and diabetes. Teddy Grahams have no nutritional benefits. While Teddy Grahams make cheap and tiny training treats, it would be best if you bought commercial treats that are specifically created for dogs.

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Conclusion

Compared to other processed human foods, Teddy Grahams are safe for dogs to eat, but only in the honey flavor. They are incredibly small, and each piece has very few nutrients or ingredients. This makes them safe for dogs to eat in small quantities, but you should always double-check the ingredient list before feeding your dog anything for humans. Even though Teddy Grahams are safe for dogs to eat in small quantities, you should refrain from feeding your dog human food whenever possible since it is not good for their overall health in the long run.


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