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No, dogs should not eat bagels. They are nutritionally deficient, and many bagel ingredients are hazardous to dogs. Furthermore, due to the danger of heart problems and other health difficulties, pet owners should not feed bagels to their dogs.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Exercise caution, avoid feeding
Nutritional Issues N-propyl disulfide can cause red blood cell damage, is high in carbs, Amylase causes gastric issues
Potential Risks Obesity, anemia, kidney failure
Poisoning Symptoms digestive issues, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach discomfort, allergic reactions
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

What Makes Bagels Unsafe?

Common bagel spices and components harmful to dogs include white flour, garlic powder, sesame seeds, raisins, and poppy seeds. Everything bagels are especially dangerous since they contain a high concentration of toxic ingredients for dogs.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Many Bagels

One of the most serious concerns of introducing bagels to your dog’s diet is food sensitivity and allergies. Bagels contain ingredients that can cause allergy-related symptoms in dogs, such as itchy skin and coughing. Not to mention, these ingredients also lead to various other symptoms, such as hair loss, stomach discomfort, skin infections, digestive issues, etc.

What to do if Your Dog is Sick from Bagels

If you catch your dog sneaking a mouthful of bagel, they should be OK. But, as a precaution, keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t exhibit any acute symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea.

Are Some Bagels Better than Others?

Every type of bagel can be unsafe for dogs. However, plain bagels are typically less harmful to dogs because they don’t contain condiments such as garlic powder, cheese, sesame seeds, cream cheese, etc. Nevertheless, dogs should avoid all bagels as most varieties contain white flour.

Common Bagel Ingredients

  • White flour– white flour is full of carbs and can lead to weight gain in dogs. Furthermore, white flour also contains gluten and starch. This can also lead to digestive issues, especially in gluten-intolerant dogs.
  • Raisins– Raisins are made after drying grapes and can lead to renal failure in dogs.
  • Garlic and onions– garlic and onions contain a chemical known as N-propyl disulfide, which can cause anemia in dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For dogs, everything bagels are far more dangerous than plain bagels because they contain extra condiments such as sesame seeds and garlic. So, it’s best to avoid feeding them to your dog entirely.

  • The cream cheese in a cream cheese bagel can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs. Not to mention, it has a high-fat content that can lead to obesity.

  • Bagel bread contains white flour, which is high in carbohydrates. So, feeding it daily to your dog can lead to obesity and other health issues such as an upset stomach.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.