Can Dogs Eat Noodles? (Plain, Ramen, Instant)

can dogs eat noodles

We have all been there eating some noodles at the table and we have our dog roaming around under the table waiting for you to accidentally drop some. Would you have to worry? Can dogs eat noodles? Maybe, there are several different factors you need to take into consideration if you decide to feed your dog noodles

Can Dogs Eat Noodles?

Noodles in its plainest form are not likely to harm your dog. Although if they have a wheat allergy or just sensitive to grain then you should not be giving them any type of noodles or pasta. Noodles do not really have any nutritional value to dogs or even for humans if you truly look at the ingredients.

can dogs eat noodles

You should keep a close eye on any wheat allergies that your dog might have, if you find your dog to have any of the below symptoms, then they might have a wheat allergy.

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Skin irritation or itching.

If you think your dog has a wheat allergy you need to stop feeding them foods that have wheat in straight away and see if the symptoms stop. If your dog still has the symptoms and is being sick or vomiting, then you need to contact a veterinarian straight away.

What about the claim that grains cause food allergies? Grains don’t cause allergies. They can, however, be the target of allergies, and some foods are more allergenic than others. Those foods are specific ones, such as wheat, not general categories, such as grains.

Read the original article at – American Kennel Club

While it may not be toxic to dogs, noodles should not be replaced or put into your dog’s diet. If you insist on feeding noodles to your dog, they must only be in small portions and given on a rare basis as a treat.

What Happens If I Feed My Dog Too Many Noodles?

If you feed your dog noodles on a daily basis your dog has a good chance of being overweight, which can lead to serious health problems later on in their life. For example, they could get diabetes, heart problems, joint issues. Heart problems and joint issues will be from the amount of weight the dog is having to carry around with them.

can dogs eat noodles

What To Avoid When It Comes To Noodles?

Any Type of Sauce

You should not be feeding your dog any type of sauce with the noodles. To start with most sauces are high in fat and have many different ingredients in them. A rule you should live by is the more ingredients a product has the more chance it is harmful to your dog; you can never be certain what they have put in it.

For example, you should not be buying any type of sauce with onions and garlic in them, which a lot if not must sauces will have in them. These two ingredients are deadly to dogs. You should also not be feeding your dog any type of spicy food; dogs do not do well with spicy food. Not to mention the ingredients in them, as mentioned above.

Uncooked Noodles

It is best not to feed your dog uncooked noodles as they can be difficult to chew and digest, causing intestinal problems.uncooked noodles

Egg Noodles

Egg noodles would be ok for your dog to eat, as long as they’re in small portions and on a treat basis. You are best only giving your dog egg noodles you have made yourself, as you know what has been put in them, just Egg and noodles. Most pre-made products will add other ingredients that your dog does not want or need.

Eggs are a great source for proteins, minerals, irons, and vitamins. You just need to make sure you cook the egg thoroughly, as you do not want to take the risk of giving your dog salmonella.

Chicken Noodles

If you are going to make the chicken noodles yourself then yes, dogs can have chicken noodles, but as long as you follow the same rules as above. Noodles are to only be given on a rare basis and as a treat, not to be replaced for their current diet.

You are best boiling the chicken, then adding them to the noodles. Please make sure the chicken is fully cooked, with only small portions. Do not add any other ingredients or seasoning!

Instant Noodles

Instant noodles are not healthy for dog, they should never be given to them. They are remarkably high in salt, fat, calories and sodium, the flavoring packets they come with are unhealthy too. Instant noodles are actually processed food, this is because they have a long shelf life.  They are made with artificial colors, along with artificial flavoring and additives.

Now if your dog has sneaked a couple from your plate then you should not need to worry. Just keep an eye on your dog and their behavior. If you feel they are acting differently or you are just worried, then contact a veterinarian.

instant noodles

Udon Noodles

You might not have heard of udon noodles, they are from a Japanese company that make quite a variety of udon noodles, which are especially for dogs. Udon noodles are made from wheat flour, which contains low calories and low sodium. Even though they are low in calories and sodium, we do not recommend that you make them part of their diet. They should only be used as a treat every now and then.

Ramen Noodles

Even though all of us have probably eaten Ramen noodles, they are not suitable for dogs, especially the instant kind as they are high in salt. Even if you decided to give them the plain version, they still have too much sodium in them.

As with all noodles you should be avoiding all flavor packets, as we have mentioned above. Mainly because most flavor packets contain garlic and onion, which is toxic to dogs.

We have created a table from the USDA FoodData Central Database for Ramen Noodles. As you can see the amount of sodium and carbohydrates in Ramen noodles are a lot higher then the table further below for plain noodles.

100g Serving of Ramen Noodles

NameAmount
Energy469kcal
Protein9.38g
Total lipid (fat)21.88g
Carbohydrate, by difference57.81g
Fiber, total dietary1.6g
Sugars, total including NLEA3.12g
Calcium, Ca31mg
Iron, Fe4.22mg
Sodium, Na1719mg
Vitamin A, IU0
Fatty acids, total saturated10.94g
Fatty acids, total trans0
Cholesterol0

Spaghetti Noodles

Your dog can only eat plain spaghetti noodles and as mentioned above in a small amount. You should never give your dog any sauces or flavorings that can go with the spaghetti. A lot of sauces will contain toxic ingredients to your dog such as garlic and onions, these are very toxic to dogs.

Not to mention that a lot of sauces will contain salt and sugar, which can cause problems for your dog’s health. Salt is more serious then sugar, even though they are both serious to a dog’s health.

Salt poisoning is profoundly serious, and you must keep an eye out for it if you insist on feeding your dog “human foods”. The major thing you need to keep an eye on is Salt poisoning as it can have a serious effect on your dog’s health. This can happen very quickly.

spaghetti noodles

Check out the below video from Gone To The Snow Dogs. If you want to give your dog a treat with noodles, then they show you how you can make Spaghetti for dogs. Please note their dogs are a large breed, that burn a lot of energy. They do mention, everything in moderation and the amount they make is not for one sitting, they will be freezing it.

Are You Feeding Your Dog To Many Noodles?

Noodles are full of carbs and just like humans they take an effect on us, they affect dogs as well. If your dog has excessive thirst or excessive urination this could be a sign of type 2 diabetes in your dog, which is profoundly serious.

This is usually brought on by excessive weight and too many carbohydrates, which is usually the reason for obesity and weight gain. Please see the list below of some possible symptoms if your dog has been eating too many noodles

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of interest in their daily activities like playing ball
  • Weight gain
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive thirst

Check out the table from the USDA FoodData Central Database, showing what you can find in noodles. As you will see noodles are high in carbohydrates.

100g Serving of Plain Noodles

NameAmount
Energy138kcal
Protein7.42g
Total lipid (fat)1.06g
Carbohydrate, by difference23.3g
Fiber, total dietary1.1g
Sugars, total including NLEA5.3g
Calcium, Ca14mg
Iron, Fe0.64mg
Sodium, Na406mg
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid1.3mg
Vitamin A, IU177IU
Fatty acids, total saturated0.18g
Fatty acids, total trans0g
Cholesterol9mg

Summary – Can Dogs Eat Noodles?

First let us just say that noodles in there plainest form are not toxic  to dogs, although they can cause some problems if they have a wheat allergy as mentioned above.

As we have mentioned several times noodles do not have any nutritional value. It is best just to limit the amount of high-calorie and carb content to your dog. You should be feeding your dog healthy dog food instead of filler food like noodles and pasta.

If you insist on feeding your dog “human food” then there is a lot better and tastier things your dog will enjoy. We know it’s tempting to feed your dog the same stuff you are eating, but their digestion system and dogs as a whole cannot eat everything we can.

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