If you're snacking on some tasty grahams (or roasting a s'more or two) and are tempted to give your dog a nibble, you may be thinking, "can dogs eat graham crackers?"
Where do graham crackers come from?
This sweet, crumbly mainstay was not always what we know and love it to be. The graham cracker was invented by Sylvester Graham in the 1800's as a healthful snack made out of wheat berry flour (known as Graham flour). These crackers were not nearly as sweet (or as fun) as the cookie-like crackers we have today which are used in pie crusts and as a s'more staple around campfires across the globe.
Can dogs eat graham crackers?
Well, kind of. Graham crackers won't necessarily hurt your dog if eaten in small amounts. But a graham cracker isn't the healthiest snack for your dog, and there are much better options out there if you want to give your dog a dog-friendly treat.
If you notice any unusual behaviors or reactions in your dog after eating graham crackers or any other unfamiliar food, be sure to contact your vet right away to ensure that your dog is safe and healthy.
Are there any health benefits of graham crackers for dogs?
There aren't many health benefits to feeding graham crackers to dogs. You are better off giving your pooch a dog-friendly biscuit or a healthier snack that has nutrients which could be more beneficial to the health and well being of your canine friend.
Some healthy examples of dog-friendly treats include: apples, carrots, blueberries, or even cooked sweet potatoes!
The best ways to feed graham crackers to dogs
The best ways to feed graham crackers to dogs is in moderation. A graham cracker is not a particularly healthy snack for your dog. If you are going to feed your dog a graham cracker, you may want to opt for a lower fat or lower sugar version!
Be sure to check for any additional flavorings, sweeteners, or ingredients that may be harmful to your dog before feeding him or her a graham cracker!
Are there any concerns with feeding graham crackers to dogs?
High sugar content
Natural sugar from fruit (although keep in mind not all fruits are safe!) is usually okay, but sugar in products like graham crackers is not healthy for your dog. If your dog eats a lot of graham crackers (which contains granulated sugar), this puts him at risk for tooth decay, weight gain, and diabetes. Similarly, if your dog has underlying health conditions, a diet with excess sugar may not be good for him.
High fat content
According to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University, for dogs that are overweight, foods with higher fat content can be a poor choice as it contains higher calories. Additionally, some dogs don't tolerate high fat foods as well as others, which can lead to upset stomach and diarrhea.
Flavored graham crackers
Be careful not to give your dog graham crackers in any special flavors such as cinnamon or chocolate. While cinnamon is technically not toxic to dogs, it can cause skin irritation and digestive troubles in pets if consumed in large amounts. Chocolate, on the other hand, is extremely toxic to dogs and should be kept far away from Fido.
Graham crackers aren't entirely dog-friendly, but they aren't harmful to your furry friend either. If you are looking to indulge your canine, you may want to look elsewhere and opt for something healthier, and more nutritious and delicious for your doggo. If you need more inspiration for safe, dog-friendly treats for your pupper, check out our list of everything dogs can and cannot eat.