The purpose of this article is to explain “Can Dogs Eat Croissants?“.
Did your dog steal a croissant from your kitchen counter when you weren’t looking or while you were away?
Maybe you enjoy nothing more on a Saturday morning than eating a croissant for breakfast?
As Fido gazes at you with those adorable eyes, you find it impossible to resist the charm offensive…
Are you wondering if it would be so bad to share your croissant?
This article is exactly about that.
Can my dog eat croissants and how much harm could they do?
You won’t be surprised to learn croissants won’t be found on any list of the “top healthy foods to feed your dog” or that they won’t count as one of its fine meals.
Flour, butter, water, sugar, and yeast are the main ingredients of a croissant.
All of these ingredients can be found in most bread.
If your dog accidentally eats a croissant or two, it will not be toxic. They are not particularly healthy for your dog, but they are not particularly toxic, either.
Butter and flour are the two main ingredients in croissants.
Let’s start with these.
Is flour toxic to my dog?
Wheat flour, which most of us consume, isn’t toxic for your dog unless they suffer from a wheat allergy.
Your dog is unlikely to suffer any ill effects from the flour in the croissant.
Even a mild upset stomach is unlikely to result, at its worst.
Is butter harmful to my dog?
The fat content of butter makes it slightly different.
There’s a much greater chance that this will upset your dog’s stomach, but it shouldn’t cause much more distress.
If your dog ate a block of butter, then you might be worried about pancreatitis.
However, the amount of butter in a bite or two of your dog’s croissant should pose no health risk.
The almond, which can be found in the more luxurious end of the croissant market, is another ingredient that I would like to discuss with you.
Will almonds kill my dog?
Dogs shouldn’t eat almonds because they don’t poison them, but almonds aren’t ideal either.
These almonds are a choking hazard for dogs mainly because they tend to be flaked and may cause choking.
Whether the dog “wolfs” the croissant down depends on its size (and how big its throat is).
Large chunks of bread might be difficult to swallow if your dog does not chew his food.
There are two ingredients in croissants that could kill your dog
You might be surprised to learn that a croissant or any other baked goods contain two potentially lethal ingredients if you share them with your dog from time to time.
Raisins and xylitol are the two ingredients.
Could raisins kill my dog?
I have written an article about grape jelly in which I discuss how dangerous grapes can be for dogs.
The same is true for raisins as well.
Researchers don’t know why raisins are so toxic to dogs, but they do know that a few raisins can potentially kill a smaller dog.
Lethargy, abdominal pain, and tremors are among the symptoms to watch for.
Is xylitol toxic to my dog?
The artificial sweetener Xylitol is commonly used in “sugar-free” products.
Some baked goods contain it, and peanut butter is the most common product that contains it.
Although I cannot find any commercially available croissants that list it as an ingredient, there are some croissant recipes online that do.
By ingesting xylitol, dogs can produce a large amount of insulin, which could cause their blood sugar levels to drop to dangerously low levels.
Vomiting, weakness, seizures, and comas are among the symptoms to watch for.
How do I stop my dog from eating croissants?
Here, we have to deal with two situations.
My dog has stolen a croissant
An example of this is the case in which your dog has eaten a croissant or croissant since they stole them from you.
Perhaps one of your kids left a partially eaten croissant on the table this morning or maybe you left some on the kitchen counter as you hurried out the door to pick up your children.
Such events are difficult to plan for.
Even if you are very organized, there will always be instances when things go wrong because something unexpected occurs.
When you are trying to be as organized as possible, telling you not to leave stray croissants around is simply not going to work.
My dog shares my croissant
Second, your dog may be eating croissants because you are feeding them.
A lot of people admit to sharing their food with their dogs and feeding them from the table.
Since dogs have become more of a part of our lives, it’s not surprising that this is the case.
34% of people fed scraps from the table to their dogs, according to a survey from 2014.
Changing habits such as these are extremely difficult.
It is clear that croissants are not good for your dog, and if you must share some of your food with your dog, there is nothing better than scraps of vegetables.
If it has to be bread, limit the amounts and make sure it is free of butter, jelly, and peanut butter.
Bread dough can kill your dog
In passing, I mentioned homemade croissants earlier in this article.
Furthermore, I mentioned that yeast is an essential ingredient in croissants.
Nowadays, most of us simply cannot be bothered to make croissants from scratch or don’t have the time.
However, if you are a dog owner who wants to make your own croissants, there is something that you should know.
Bread is made with yeast most of the time.
It helps to shape the bread and make it rise from a flat shape.
Proofing involves leaving the bread in a warm place for a few hours so that it can “rise”.
Your dog can die from uncooked bread containing yeast.
When yeast is added to bread, it causes it to expand and grow, and if your dog consumes it, this expansion will take place in its stomach.
The consequences could be deadly.
Place your croissant mix in a secure place that your dog cannot access.
If you want to read more about dog food tips, read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.