Just like humans, dogs need a well-balanced diet, which means feeding them kibble in most cases. But a little bit of human food every once in a while can boost your dog’s health, provided you feed them the right things. Many kinds of bread make excellent treats for your pup. But are pretzels one of them?
Are pretzels safe for dogs?
Pretzels are not toxic to dogs, but you should still think twice before feeding them to your dog. Pretzels are harmless in small quantities, but all those carbs and sodium can take a toll on a dog’s health when eaten repeatedly. Additionally, the salt is dehydrating, and your pup can get seriously thirsty if they eat too much.
If you do feed your pup pretzels, you’ll want to do it sparingly, and consider their age and weight when deciding how much to give. Like with any treat, you’ll want to abide by the 90/10 rule, which suggests that 90 percent of your dog’s calories should come from his or her dog food, and the remaining 10 percent of calories may come from treats.
Can dogs eat soft pretzels?
Soft pretzels are not much different than other kinds of bread, except that they are often coated in butter and salt. And like bread, soft pretzels offer your pup very little nutritional value. While they need the occasional carbohydrate, pretzels have too many carbs to be deemed a healthy snack. A plain (unbuttered, unsalted) soft pretzel may make for an okay snack every once in a while, but only sparingly.
Can dogs eat hard pretzels?
Your dog can eat hard pretzels, but they probably shouldn’t. One is okay once in a while, but those carbs can turn into fat, which can eventually lead to weight gain. Especially avoid any kind of hard pretzel with seasonings—these may upset your dog’s stomach, and garlic powder and onion powder are toxic to dogs.