Are you a fan of noodles? Recently I was having them so often but for a long time didn’t have them so today while I was planning lunch I got the idea for this article too.
Did you try giving your doggo noodles? But can dogs eat noodles? In today’s guide, you will get to know this answer but also many more interesting things.
What Are Noodles?
Noodles are a type of food made from dough, in which isn’t used any rising agent like yeast. The dough is usually made into long thin strips but there are many other varieties like waves, helices, strings, tubes, etc.
They are cooked in boiling water with added oil and salt. They can be also pan-fried or deep-fried. Noodles are served with a sauce or in soup. Noodles are mostly used in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine. But they are loved everywhere around the world.
Can Dogs Eat Noodles?
Dogs can eat noodles but only in moderation.
Dogs shouldn’t eat noodles often or in big amounts. Noodles are high in carbohydrates that’s why it’s important to be given in moderation as noodles can lead to weight gain. If you think about it more, noodles don’t have any nutritional value for dogs or for us, humans.
But if your dog has gluten or wheat allergy then this type of food for sure should be avoided or you should check for some alternatives.
Before giving any new food to your pet you should consult with your vet.
Can Dogs Eat Ramen Noodles?
Ramen noodles aren’t suitable for dogs as they are very high in sodium. Avoid giving them to your dog and even more the instant version of them. Ramen noodles contain much more carbohydrates and sodium than plain noodles.
Can Dogs Eat Noodles With Sauces?
No, dogs shouldn’t consume any sauces. Sauces mainly contain garlic, onion, and many spices which can lead to an upset stomach. Another reason why dogs shouldn’t eat noodles with sauce is that they are high in fat because they contain oil or butter. You shouldn’t give your dog any spicy food.
My Dog Ate A Lot of Noodles – What to Do?
Eating a lot of noodles can cause the following risks:
- Weight gain
Giving your dog regular noodles or giving them in large amounts can lead to weight gain. This can lead to obesity, diabetes, or heart disease. Noodles are high-caloric food that is mainly made of carbohydrates. Weight gain can lead to joint issues which aren’t good, especially for large dogs.
- Stomach ulcers
Dogs can get stomach ulcers because of some spices in the noodles and especially if your dog ate a lot of them this danger is very possible. Probably your dog will get an upset stomach but this can lead to stomach ulcers.
- Neurological problems
Dogs shouldn’t eat foods that are high in sodium as the high amount can lead to loss of sight or some neurological problems like seizures and dizziness.
Dogs can get anemia by consuming onion or garlic and as you know these ingredients are very common in store-bought packages of noodles. That’s why the best option is plain noodles which are homemade.
If your dog ate a huge amount of noodles then you should call your vet and explain to them the situation.
Signs of Allergy
Dogs can be allergic to wheat the same way humans can be. But let’s see what are the signs of a wheat allergy:
- skin irritation
- itchy skin
- frequent ear infections
If there is any sign of wheat allergy then you should stop feeding your dog any food containing wheat. If symptoms don’t go in the next few hours you should contact your vet.
How to Feed Dogs Noodles
If you can make noodles at home then this is the best way but if you can’t then just buy some from the near store, and when you cook them for your pooch don’t use the spices and oils that are in the package.
Some spices and oils can irritate the stomach of your dog.
First, you should boil well them because undercooked noodles aren’t good for the digestive system of dogs. Then, let them cool and cut them into small pieces. This way will avoid choking hazards.
You can serve them plain or with a few pieces of the meat which your dog loves like chicken, turkey, or beef.
How Much Noodles Dogs Should Eat
Noodles should be given in moderation and as you already got to know the best option is plain noodles.
You mustn’t give your dog more than a cup of noodles weekly. But I recommend this amount not to be given at once but in a few days. Don’t give them every day or every week because noodles can be considered only as a treat, not a part of a dog’s diet.
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Interesting Facts About Noodles
- The first noodle was made thousands of years ago in China. It was made from millet, a type of cereal grain.
- The first instant ramen noodle was created in Japan.
- The Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum, located in Yokohama, Japan, is an interactive museum dedicated to the world’s first instant ramen telling its origin story from humble beginnings to the mark of a global dietary movement.
- Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi took instant noodles when he went to space in 2005.
- By federal law, a noodle must contain 5.5 percent egg solids to be called a noodle.
- You will be surprised to know that in Japan, slurping loudly while eating your noodles is not considered a bad manner; rather it signifies appreciation of the meal. It reflects that the food is delicious.
- Noodles became an important food in Japan during World War II. The country experienced a shortage of food in those days and the only food item easily available was dried noodles.
Let’s Wrap Up!
Dogs can eat noodles as a treat. But you shouldn’t give noodles with sauces or spices – they can irritate the stomach of dogs. Your pooch shouldn’t eat uncooked noodles as they are very difficult to digest.
If your dog has a wheat allergy then look for some alternatives.
Make sure that noodles aren’t often part of the dog’s menu.
Can Dogs Eat Gluten-Free Noodles?
If your dog can’t eat gluten then this option will be a great substitute but again they should be given in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Uncooked Noodles?
Dogs shouldn’t eat uncooked noodles because they are difficult to digest and cause intestinal problems.
Can Dogs Eat Egg Noodles?
Yes, dogs can eat egg noodles. In very small amounts and make sure that the egg is cooked thoroughly. If the egg isn’t cooked properly there is a risk of salmonella infection.