The Short Answer is:
Unless your dog has an allergy or intolerance and as long as you make sure that the powdered doughnut you’re giving them doesn’t contain harmful ingredients such as xylitol it is safe to give your dog a powdered doughnut.
The purpose of this research is to explain “Can Dogs Eat Powdered Donuts?“.
- Nutrition in powdered donuts
- What are the ingredients in powdered donuts?
- Why are chocolate donuts toxic to dogs?
- Powder vs glazed vs cinnamon donuts
- Dog-friendly donut recipes
- What other common ingredients in baked goods are toxic to dogs?
- Should I give my dog a sip of coffee?
- Can dogs eat powdered donuts?
- Can Dogs Eat Powdered Donuts? (Watch Video)
Doughnuts have been around for hundreds of years making them one of the most popular desserts in the world.
One of the first records of donuts dates back to 1750!
The treat made out of leavened fried dough has made its way into many homes and there are a variety of flavors including powdered doughnuts.
If you havenot heard of powdered doughnuts before they are essentially just doughnuts covered in powdered sugar.
Do dogs even like doughnuts despite the fact that humans do?
If you’re a pet parent you have probably asked yourself this question. Nothing makes dog parents happier than sharing things with their pets.
Adding sugar to powdered doughnuts may seem concerning because of the added risk so its only natural to wonder if its safe.
Do dogs have a chance of eating powdered doughnuts and if so should they? Lets investigate…
Nutrition in powdered donuts
In the first place we need to discuss what nutrition is in powdered doughnuts so you can decide whether or not they are even worth giving to dogs nutritionally.
Please remember that the following values are per 100 grams of powdered doughnut.
A hundred grams of powdered doughnuts contain 354 calories and 13 grams of fat (5.1 grams of saturated fat) 13 milligrams of cholesterol 456 milligrams of sodium 56 grams of carbohydrates (1.3 grams of dietary fiber and 27 grams of sugar) 5.1 grams of protein 25 milligrams of calcium and 1.8 milligrams of iron.
What are the ingredients in powdered donuts?
Lets go into detail about what goes into powdered doughnuts now that we have talked about their approximate nutrition.
Powdered doughnuts are going to contain different ingredients depending on whether they are processed or homemade so I’ll list only the main ingredients that are present in most powdered doughnuts.
Flour eggs sugar baking soda butter and milk are included in this list.
It is not especially healthy for dogs to eat flour but it will not harm them either. Eggs are actually really good treats for dogs to eat occasionally as they contain some great nutrients.
Sugar isnot an ideal ingredient to add to your pets diet because it can cause a variety of problems ranging from obesity to dental issues. When ingested in large quantities baking soda can be toxic to dogs but the amount of baking soda used in doughnuts wouldnot be enough to affect your dog.
Butter is similar to flour in that although it is not toxic to dogs it also does not provide any health benefits. In small quantities such as those found in doughnuts milk is safe to give your dog.
You should be aware that if your dog has an allergy or intolerance then any of these ingredients might negatively affect them. Lactose intolerance is a common ailment among dogs and things like milk and butter may make them sick.
Why are chocolate donuts toxic to dogs?
Earlier in the research I mentioned that there are many different kinds of doughnuts. Chocolate doughnuts are among the most popular. There is only one problem. Since dogs are known to be toxic to chocolate does that mean that chocolate doughnuts are also toxic?
Unfortunately dogs cannot safely ingest chocolate so the answer to this question is yes. Theobromine and caffeine two chemicals present in chocolate are responsible for this effect.
Despite their similarities dogs can not metabolize these two chemicals in the same way that humans can. As a result dogs are highly susceptible to their effects which can cause serious health issues and even death in some cases.
You may notice excessive thirst and urination panting and/or restlessness vomiting and/or diarrhea and a racing heart rate when your dog is suffering from chocolate poisoning. Muscle tremors seizures and possibly even heart failure are more severe symptoms.
Although all types of chocolate can cause these symptoms the darker and more bitter the chocolate the more toxic it is. Chocolate that is darker and more bitter has a higher concentration of theobromine. This type of chocolate contains the least amount of theobromine and is therefore the safest.
A single ounce of chocolate per one pound of body weight is toxic even if it is milk chocolate. Therefore ten ounces of chocolate would be toxic for a ten-pound dog. Two to three doughnuts would usually be sufficient to make a ten-pound dog toxic depending on how much chocolate is on them.
Powder vs glazed vs cinnamon donuts
After we discussed why dogs should not be given chocolate doughnuts lets discuss some of the other popular varieties of doughnuts and whether or not they are safe for dogs. You can also decide which type of doughnut is the best for dogs.
For dogs glazed doughnuts are probably the best option because they contain less sugar and calories than powdered or cinnamon doughnuts. Cinnamon doughnuts may not be the best idea. Although it isnot fatal more than a teaspoon of cinnamon can cause negative side effects in dogs. Powdered doughnuts are somewhere in the middle of these two less healthy than glazed doughnuts but more healthy than cinnamon doughnuts.
Dog-friendly donut recipes
You can find some doughnut recipes online formulated with dogs in mind; these are more likely to contain ingredients that provide nutrition to your pet and less likely to contain ingredients that might harm them.
Among the ingredients in one recipe were bananas peanut butter coconut oil honey eggs whole wheat flour baking soda and greek yogurt. The recipe takes about 25 minutes to prepare and you’ll have a dozen doughnuts with peanut butter frosting.
In another recipe whole wheat flour olive oil eggs fresh rosemary water and cream cheese were called for. It takes about 23 minutes to make six doughnuts using this rosemary-based recipe.
Its ultimately up to you what variation of dog-friendly doughnut you choose but a recipe formulated for dogs will always be superior to a recipe designed for humans. When you’re giving your dog a doughnut this is the best way to do it.
What other common ingredients in baked goods are toxic to dogs?
While we’re talking about dog-friendly baked goods its a good time to raise awareness about a few things that are common in baked goods that can be poisonous to dogs. Here we go without further ado.
A sweetener commonly found in baked goods xylitol can be extremely toxic to dogs which means even small amounts can prove fatal. Its very important that you do not allow your dog to ingest anything that contains xylitol so its a good idea to read the ingredients list of any product before giving it to your dog.
Often raisins and grapes can also be found in baked goods but they can cause kidney failure in dogs. Another substance that is extremely toxic to dogs even in small doses is alcohol which is found in many baked goods.
You should always be informed of the ingredients in baked treats before giving them to your dog. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Should I give my dog a sip of coffee?
As most of us enjoy a cup of coffee while we snack on our doughnuts this research probably also raises the question: “Can dogs share our coffee?” Coffee contains a large amount of caffeine so this is not an option. Additionally as mentioned in the research dogs do not metabolize caffeine the same way we do so it is extremely harmful to them.
Can dogs eat powdered donuts?
Therefore to conclude this research and answer the original question… unless your dog has an allergy or intolerance and as long as you make sure that the powdered doughnut you’re giving them does not contain harmful ingredients such as xylitol it is safe to give your dog a powdered doughnut.
You can give your dog much healthier snacks instead and overall you should probably just eat the doughnuts yourself. You could occasionally add dog-friendly doughnuts to your dogs diet if you happen to find a recipe for dog-friendly doughnuts.
If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.