While Mac and Cheese is very popular throughout the world, known to be eaten at pretty much any time of the day. Can dogs eat mac and cheese? It is easy to give them something that we are cooking ourselves. You may have fed it them before and they liked it, but is it actually healthy or should they be eating it all?
Can Dogs Eat Mac and Cheese?
The answer is probably not, the cheese part of the mac and cheese can cause some upset to your dogs’ stomach if they are lactose intolerant. Dogs do not really have a good digest system for milk products, which causes a lot of dogs to be lactose intolerant. This can cause your dog to have a pretty upset stomach, which can cause quite a lot of pain. Such as vomiting, diarrhea, and just all-around discomfort.
Another problem is your dog could have a wheat allergy from the macaroni, as with lactose intolerance, a lot of dogs have a wheat allergy too. If they do, then they need to stay clear of it, especially if they have lactose intolerance and a wheat allergy. This would cause a serious upset if not worse to your dog’s health.
You may think, it is only a little bit they will not be affected, but that is not how it works. Your dog can get bloated from eating mac and cheese, which is a serious separate situation.
Bloating is a serious condition, which can be fatal to dogs, this is something you should always keep an eye out for. If your dog has recently eaten mac and cheese or anything dairy and showing signs of bloating, then you need to contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic straight away! Please follow the PETMD link for full information about bloating.
Can dogs eat Macaroni though?
Macaroni in its plainest form is not toxic to dogs but just like normal pasta, Macaroni has little to none, nutritional value for your dog. Macaroni has a high content of carbohydrates which is not good for your dogs’ diet, they will easily put weight on and become obese. Which can cause serious health issues in the long run from, diabetes, heart problems, and joint problems to name a few.
You should not be feeding your dog any type of sauce with macaroni, as a lot of sauces contain onion and garlic, a lot of tomato sauces will have this in also. These ingredients are toxic to dogs and will cause your dog serious health issues if not worse.
If you insist on feeding your dog macaroni, it should only be a small amount and on a rare treat basis. Dogs need protein a lot more than carbohydrates, so feeding them just a macaroni will cause them health issues.
So Is Mac and Cheese bad for dogs?
Yes, it is, even though it is not toxic to your dog, it is unhealthy for them. Macaroni is high in carbohydrates, along with salt. Both are not great for your dog’s health, especially salt though. High amounts of salt can cause a serious effect to your dog’s health, you will be surprised how fast a high amount of salt can affect your dog, very seriously.
According to the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) for every 100g there is 460mg of salt in mac and cheese, which a lot for a dog.
Dogs can also struggle when it comes to digesting mac and cheese, they do not have the same type of digestion system as humans, even though a lot of people think they can just eat the same stuff we do.
Even if your dog is not lactose intolerant, they can still struggle to eat cheese if it is in a higher amount, this is because they are high in cholesterol, sodium, and fat, which is nothing a dog needs for his health.
What if my Dog Ate Mac and Cheese by mistake?
As mentioned above, mac and cheese is not toxic to your dog, it is just really unhealthy. As long as they have not eaten a big portion then there should not be anything to worry about. You should just need to keep a close eye on them to make sure they are fine and not acting differently.
If you find your dog is being lethargic or not acting himself or is vomiting and having severe diarrhea then you should contact your local veterinarian straight away!
Mac and cheese is not toxic, although if your dog is lactose intolerant or has a wheat allergy then they should avoid mac and cheese at all costs. We do not recommend that you feed your dog mac and cheese at all though, as the ingredients and contents of mac and cheese are just not healthy for your dog, even as a treat. It would only cause your dog problems further down the line.
There is a lot of healthier things you can treat your dog too; we have created an article that may give you some idea, what dogs can eat.