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Can Dogs Eat Waffles? Vet-Approved Nutrition Facts & Risks

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Can Dogs Eat Waffles? Vet-Approved Nutrition Facts & Risks

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It’s nice to spend time with your pet in the morning and share a good breakfast with them, which has many people wondering if it is safe to feed waffles to dogs. It might be fine for your dog to have a small bite of a waffle, but keep reading as we discuss several things to consider before you make waffles a regular part of your dog’s diet.

Ingredients in Waffles That Are Bad For Dogs

While there are usually no harmful ingredients in plain waffles and they are safe for your dog to eat in small amounts, they offer no nutritional benefits. Depending on the ingredients in the mix of the batter, some non-plain waffles may be toxic for dogs.

In addition, waffles contain only a small amount of protein compared to the amounts of fat and carbohydrates, so they are only good as occasional treats. It goes without saying that waffles (of any kind) are bad for your dog if they have a wheat or gluten allergy.

Sweeteners

Many home recipes for waffles include sugar, which will not hurt your pet unless they eat a large amount of it. However, if you purchase frozen waffles, you will need to check the package to see if it contains xylitol as a sweetener. Xylitol can be harmful to dogs, even in small amounts, and it can lead to hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure, and death. It is becoming increasingly popular in human foods, so it might be in your waffles.


Carbohydrates

Waffles contain a large amount of flour, a popular ingredient in dog treats and dry dog food, so it is technically safe for dogs to eat, but it is high in carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain. Obesity1 is a big problem for dogs, with more than 40% of pets over 5 being above the recommended weight for their size and breed. Therefore, it’s better to avoid foods like waffles that are high in carbohydrates. Another problem with the flour in waffles is that some dogs may have a gluten allergy, which will prevent them from eating this food at all.


Fats

Waffles can contain oil and butter, which will add saturated fats to your pet’s diet, possibly leading to weight gain and other health problems if they eat these too regularly. While a small piece of a waffle won’t hurt them, you can provide many other treats that are healthier.


Salt

Waffles typically contain a small amount of salt, but too much can lead to hypernatremia2, a type of salt poisoning that can affect the brain and nervous system. While some salt is good for dogs and they usually get hypernatremia from concentrated salt sources, like rock salt or ice melt, it’s still best to avoid salty treats.


Extra Ingredients

Many commercial waffles contain ingredients like chocolate chips, which are bad for dogs. They can also contain artificial colors and preservatives that might not be healthy. Read over the ingredients carefully and choose brands with safe natural ingredients, or make your own waffles from scratch using your favorite recipe.


Toppings

Almost all waffle toppings, like syrup and whipped cream, will contain too much sugar for your pet, leading to dental problems, weight gain, and other issues. If your dog insists on sharing waffles with you, give them a small piece before you add any toppings.

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Are Any Ingredients in Waffles Good For Dogs?

Eggs

Waffles usually contain eggs, which will provide your pet with beneficial protein that can help keep them full for longer, boost energy, and provide the nutrients required to build strong muscles.


Milk

Most waffles contain milk, which can provide helpful protein and calcium, which your dog needs to build strong bones and teeth. However, many dogs are lactose intolerant, and even a small amount can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach, so only give them a small piece if you aren’t sure.

 

What If My Dog Ate Waffles?

If your dog ate a store-bought waffle off your plate, read the packaging to see what the ingredients are. Call your vet for guidance if there are xylitol, chocolate, or other unsafe ingredients. Otherwise, your pet will probably be fine, as most waffles contain non-toxic ingredients.

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Can I Make Waffles That Are Safe for Dogs?

Waffles will always be high in carbohydrates, but you can make them more pet friendly by switching to whole-grain flour, which will provide more nutrients. You can also remove the sugar and salt and use olive or coconut oil instead of butter.

Can Dogs Eat Blueberry Waffles?

Yes, blueberry waffles are usually safe for your pet to eat in moderation, especially if you make them from scratch. However, if you purchase them at the store, you will need to look over the ingredients to ensure that there is no xylitol or other dangerous ingredients.

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Conclusion

It is safe to occasionally feed a plain waffle to your dog as a treat, but waffles are too high in carbohydrates, sugar, and salt to be a regular part of your dog’s diet. Avoid brands that contain xylitol, certain artificial colors and preservatives, and other harmful ingredients, like chocolate. If you are making waffles from scratch, switch to whole-grain flour and leave out the sugar and salt for a better dog treat.

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