Last Updated on 11/17/2021 by Veronica Jones
Do you often eat pierogies? Perhaps your dog is looking at you lovingly as you do so? Or maybe you just have some leftover and you want to feed them to your dog? If either of these sounds familiar, please don’t do anything until you read this. So, can dogs eat pierogies safely?
Can Dogs Eat Pierogies?
No, dogs should not eat pierogies. Depending on the ingredients, pierogies can be toxic to dogs. Even without the toxic ingredients, the normal ingredients in pierogies are unhealthy in a canine’s diet. It would be best to give dogs vet-recommended dog food instead.
What Are Pierogies?
Pierogies are small dumplings that have fillings, which are usually cheese or potato. It often gets served with sour cream and onions.
Why Are Pierogies Bad for Dogs?
Pierogies are not inherently bad for dogs. However, the ingredients inside them is what makes it unhealthy for dogs. Pierogies are like junk food to dogs, so it can make them obese, experience kidney failure and more serious problems.
Too much cheese can be bad for dogs. It is very high in fat, which can lead to weight gain and obesity. Moreover, it can cause pancreatitis, which is a very serious condition that can cause death in dogs.
Onions are toxic to dogs. This is toxic because it breaks down red blood cells, which can lead to anemia in dogs. Red blood cells help transport oxygen to the body. If there are not enough red blood cells, your dog may need medication, a blood transfusion, etc.
When making pierogies, there is a risk that it contains raw potatoes. Potatoes are part of the nightshade vegetable family with tomatoes, meaning that they can be toxic when undercooked or raw.
High in Calories
Pierogies are chock full of ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs, which is why they cannot replace dog food or dog treats. The typical ingredients are dumplings, cheese, mushrooms, potatoes, etc., making it a high-calorie food. There is better food to give to dogs that is more nutritious and has less calories.
Salt and Additives
Like many other human food, pierogi is bound to contain more than just cheese, potatoes, etc. People often put salt, flavoring, seasonings and such into their pierogies to add flavor. However, these ingredients are not healthy for dogs.
What Happens if a Dog Eats Pierogies?
In most cases, nothing may happen to your dog if they only eat one pierogi by accident. If it does not have harmful ingredients like onions, then your dog may be fine.
It is only an issue if your dog eats many pierogies. The ingredients in these dumplings are not generally healthy for a dog’s diet. If your dog grabs one by mistake, it is no big deal. However, feeding your dog pierogies on a regular basis is not ideal for a healthy life.
To Sum Up
Overall, pierogies are not an ideal food for a dog. They will not harm a dog in small amounts, but pierogies should not become a regular treat for your dog. It would be best to stick to their normal diets.
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