Tomorrow is Pancake Day, We love to have a pancake or two (maybe three...) here at Pawprints. Don't forget when you're cooking up a batch for your family tomorrow to make sure you give your dog a pancake or two. When cooking pancakes for your dog theres a few things you might want to consider.
The majority of the time a plain pancake cooked for your dog shouldn't cause them much harm. However when you start to add toppings to a pancake, or you have some left over, this would be less healthier for your dog.
Saying this your dog could have some intolerances that could cause the pancakes to upset their stomach. Lactose intolerance could mean that the milk in the pancake could upset their stomach. Or they could have a wheat/grain intolerance.
If you think that your dog might have an intolerance then you can simply use 3 ingredients:
So now you have the pancakes lets discuss TOPPINGS!!
We all love some lemon & sugar on our pancakes, we wouldn't recommend these for your dog but there are a few other toppings that would be ideal.
Peanut Butter (but make sure it doesn't contain xylitol) - Dogs love peanut butter, we use it all the time with our guests. A Pawprints top tip! - put some of your dogs favourite treats in a KONG and then seal them in using peanut butter, it will have your dogs entertained for hours.
Bananas - Your dog may not get all the nutritional benefits humans get from this fruit, but bananas make a good—and motivating—treat. if you dog doesn't like bananas fresh you can also freeze them.
Blueberries - Blueberries are full of vitamins and nutrients that can give dogs a big health boost, and they’re small and soft, so they don’t present much of a choking hazard. Blueberries are high in fiber, and while that is beneficial in appropriate amounts, too much fiber can cause your dogs stomach to become upset so keep an eye on the quantity.
Want to play it even safer? Why not just put some of your dogs treats on top of the pancake.
Topping to Avoid
Chocolate - The toxic component of chocolate is theobromine. Humans easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system.
Grapes - Grapes should never be dog treats, not even for a minute. Just one or two grapes, which may seem harmless enough, can lead to serious illness or even death in some dogs.
Syrup - While syrup is not toxic, it has a high sugar content that’s not recommended for your dog. Be sure to check syrup ingredients and avoid any products that contain xylitol.
And that's it! If you're cooking your dog some pancakes tomorrow for Pancake day be sure to tag us in a photo so we can see them enjoying their little treat.