Can Dogs Eat Rye Bread

Can Dogs Eat Rye Bread?

Last Updated: August 18, 2023
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For all of you bread addicts out there, the good news is that dogs can eat rye bread as long as it’s an occasional treat. Carbohydrates, which are nutrients dogs require, are an important part of a dog’s diet. Since your dog probably already gets enough carbohydrates in its diet, be aware of how many mouthfuls or slices of rye bread your dog consumes.

In this article you will know the answer to the query “Can Dogs Eat Rye Bread?“.

Rye flour is the sole ingredient in the making of authentic rye bread (such as German Pumpernickel bread).

Can Dogs Eat Rye Bread

Most rye bread sold in stores are made from rye flour combined with wheat flour.

The main difference between the two is that pure rye bread is a dark brown bread that is almost black in color. 

By contrast blended rye bread are much lighter in color.

Second pure rye bread are smaller and shorter.

Rye flour does not rise nearly as much as wheat flour.

Its origins can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Europe. 

An estimated fifteen hundred years ago around 500 AD the Saxons brought it to Britain.

The most popular bread type in Israel is rye bread which is typically associated with Jewish communities around the world. 

I understand but are dogs allowed to eat rye bread?

Can dogs have rye bread?

For all of you bread addicts out there the good news is that dogs can eat rye bread as long as its an occasional treat. 

Carbohydrates which are nutrient dogs require are an important part of a dogs diet. 

Since your dog probably already gets enough carbohydrates in their diet be aware of how many mouthfuls or slices of rye bread your dog consumes. 

In light of the fact that rye bread is safe if not ideal for your dogs to eat I would like to examine the individual ingredients found in rye bread to see how they might affect your pets. 

What are the ingredients in rye bread?

Flour made from rye and wheat

The amount of wheat or rye flour that is in your rye bread will depend on the brand that you buy or in the case of home bakers the recipe you use.

It is generally safe for dogs to eat any type of flour as long as they are not gluten intolerant.

There is no reliable estimate of how many dogs are gluten intolerant worldwide (it is estimated that .5% of the entire population is gluten intolerant) and no reliable figure for how many people are gluten intolerant worldwide.

However a tiny percentage of dogs will be gluten intolerant and symptoms include stomach problems skin conditions and excessive scratching. 

However rye flour still contains some gluten even though it is a much lower gluten content than wheat flour. 

Those who are gluten intolerant can use rye flour as an alternative to wheat. 

There are many different nutrients in rye flour but about half of them are carbohydrates which are neither toxic nor particularly healthy for your dog. 

In a subsequent section I will address this.

Vitamins and Minerals

The majority of brands of rye bread that you will buy are enriched with vitamins and minerals. 

There are lots of B vitamins that you will encounter such as niacin thiamin riboflavin and folic acid.

It is also common to add iron.

Since they are present in such small amounts none of these vitamins and minerals are harmful to your dog.

Their size is so small that I doubt I could claim they would help boost your dogs vitamin levels. 

It is worth noting however that B vitamins are known to boost a dogs immune system and aid in its metabolism.


Dogs find yeast to be an interesting ingredient. 

It is completely harmless when it is an ingredient in baked bread.

Yet when it is used in home bread making and the bread has not been cooked when the yeast is added it can be dangerous.

It is dangerous for dogs to eat uncooked dough that contains yeast since once it is eaten the dough expands in the dogs stomach. 

Depending on the size of your dog and the amount of dough consumed this can be dangerous. 

Here are four ingredients that you may find in rye bread that I want to briefly discuss with you.

I would not spend too much time on any of them because if they are in the rye bread your dog ate they are there in very small amounts. 

Vegetable oil

Vegetable oil is first on the list. It will not harm your dog in the least. 


Large quantities of salt can be dangerous for dogs. However the amount in rye bread is so small that your dog should have no problem with it. 


The same is true for sugar as it is for salt. Considering how much is in rye bread it will have no effect on your dogs health. 

Caraway seeds

I’m not familiar with caraway seeds. 

During my research for this article I discovered how frequently caraway seeds seem to appear in rye bread. 

What do you think? 

According to this article from a reputable source caraway seeds are poisonous to dogs. 

Unfortunately detailed information about caraway seeds is hard to come by so it seems safe to assume that your dog can eat the seeds in the quantity found in rye bread. 

I will proceed to my next topic about dogs and other types of bread by discussing an ingredient that is potentially toxic for dogs.

Bread that are dangerous for dogs

Bread is normally a dog-safe human food unless dogs are gluten-intolerant.

In other words there are not any flours that are poisonous to all dogs.

Ingredients that might be present in various types of bread pose the greatest danger.

Raisins onions and garlic would be three of the biggest dangers.

Find a bread that contains all of those ingredients!

No I was just joking.

Despite how big or small your dog is raisin bread can kill your dog even just one raisin could kill your dog.

Veterinary professionals are unsure why raisins currants or grapes kill dogs- they simply know that they do. 

Bread that contains onions and garlic should also be marked “do not feed to dogs”.

Donot forget that when you eat some of that delicious garlic bread with your next lasagne!

Toward the end of this article I want to return to a topic that I briefly touched on earlier. 

This is the hot topic of carbohydrates. 

Carbohydrates make up most of the bread. 

In terms of the human diet they are very contentious but what role should they play in a dogs diet? 

Do dogs need carbohydrates in their diets? 

It is governed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials which sets what animal feed must contain in terms of nutrients. 

There are six nutrients dogs require in their food and carbohydrates are one of those six although they are not as important as fats and protein. 

We know this because there is a legal minimum requirement for fats and proteins in dog food but there is no requirement for carbohydrates. 

The role of carbohydrates in a dogs life is not to belittle their importance-carbohydrates are an important source of energy and they also provide fiber which aids digestion.

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