Can Dogs Eat Pancakes?

It’s a brisk Sunday morning. You just finished it, that fresh stack of perfectly golden flapjacks. The dog is staring it down. He’s beginning, “Please, let those pancakes be mine.” The stack isn’t for him, but you may be wondering, can’t he at least lick up my plate? Can dogs eat pancakes?

Are pancakes safe for dogs?

Yes and no. Pancakes are not toxic to dogs, but that doesn’t make them healthy. Dogs should avoid eating pancakes for multiple reasons. Some dogs are lactose intolerant, so the milk in pancake batter can upset their digestive system. Pancakes are also loaded with carbs and fats, which can be taxing on your pup’s health. And forget about syrup. All that sugar in syrup is dangerous, and “low sugar” or similar syrups contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.

What are the risks?

One pancake isn’t going to hurt. But it can quickly add up. Feeding your pup an unbalanced diet can lead to many health complications, including obesity, diabetes, and pancreatitis.

When feeding your dog any treat, keep it plain. And make sure to talk to your veterinarian about what your pooch should and shouldn’t eat.

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

Animal lover, proud husky parent. Writing Intern at

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