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Dear Daisy Dog

Is it safe for dogs to eat bread dough? I just starting making bread, and my mother is concerned that my dog Beau will steal dough from the counter and get sick from it. If bread is the staff of life, how could it harm him?

Daisy Responds

My brother, Jack, also steals food from the counter. I, on the other hand, have impeccable manners and would never dream of doing such an undignified thing.

Bread dough causes us canines two problems when we eat it, so you’ll have to do what my mom does: keep food off the counter unless you are in the kitchen supervising the pilfering pup.

Bread dough rises once it’s in a dog’s warm, moist stomach. It expands to many times its original size, causing abdominal pain, retching and bloat.

And that isn’t all. The enlarged stomach also can impair breathing and blood circulation.

Surgery may be needed if the expanded dough is too large to come up when the dog vomits.

Worse yet, as the yeast in the raw dough ferments in the dog’s stomach, alcohol is produced. Alcohol toxicity causes poor coordination, disorientation and profound weakness, which may progress to coma and death.

If, despite your precautions, Beau does manage to eat some bread dough, call your veterinarian immediately.

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