Sourdough Dangerous to Dogs

Eating the bread can cause pain, bloating in dogs.

Posted: November 18, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

Many people enjoy foods made with sourdough bread on Thanksgiving, but ingestion of the dough is actually harmful to dogs and other animals.

According to veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, when bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. And as alcohol is produced during the rising process, the dough expands.

Pets who have eaten bread dough can experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.

The APCC warns to not leave pets in the kitchen unsupervised when you’re baking this holiday season, especially if you have a chowhound who’s always on the lookout for food.

In addition to offering poison prevention tips online, the APCC also runs an emergency hotline, (888) 426-4435, that provides 24-hour telephone assistance.


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Mike   Salt Lake City, Utah

2/10/2016 11:50:38 PM

This article is at odds with the headline. The article says that dogs eating the DOUGH can experience symptoms (which makes sense, since the yeast and bacterial cultures are alive, and the dough hasn't yet risen. But the headline says that dogs eating the BREAD can experience symptoms, which would not likely be true given that the bread has already risen and the extreme heat of baking has killed the microbes.

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Jan   International

10/26/2013 5:19:26 AM

My beagle goes frantic for sourdough when I bake it, She's indifferent to normal yeasted breads but really goes nuts for sourdough. Surely she should know if it's bad for her?

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

10/26/2012 6:35:50 PM

Interesting...did not know this...thanks

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