Dogs are our faithful companions through life so providing the best possible life for them should be our goal. They love us truly and there isn’t a bad intention in their minds when they welcome us after a long day of work.
They are not jumping when they see us because they are hungry, they are just truly happy to see us. Dog’s diet should be versatile, but you need to be careful what you are giving him because their digestive systems are not as strong as ours.
Dogs can’t eat all the food we eat and shouldn’t, if we want them to be healthy and to be with us many years.
Today, we are going to see whether dogs can eat tortillas or not and what are the possible benefits/harms that can come up from feeding your dog with tortillas.
What is a tortilla?
When the conquistadores arrived in the capital of Azteca Tenochtitlan (present-day Mexico City), the diet of the population consisted mainly of corn-based foods that were usually added to beans and tomatoes.
In addition, they also used chocolate, vanilla, avocado, guava, papaya, mamai, agave, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, hot peppers, turkey and fish. About 1520, when conquistadores attacked Mexico, they brought various animals – cows, hens, goats, sheep and pigs. Rice, wheat and barley are also made, as are olive oil, wine, almonds, parsley and many other spices. The imported Spanish cuisine is eventually integrated into the local cuisine.
One of the most popular dishes, or so called basic dishes, is a tortilla. This thin bread is actually a traditional addition to any meal, whether you wrap something inside it or you simply eat it next to a dish as a side dish.
Tortillas can be made in many different ways and from different ingredients. Some use eggs others don’t, some use wheat flower other prefer corn flower, so there are many options to choose from. Tortillas are very popular all over the world and they are no longer just a beloved dish in Spain or Mexico. Their presence is noticeable in European countries as well, so it is good to be informed whether our pets can eat these flat breads or not.
Ingredients inside of a tortilla are very important because everything depends on them. They are the deal breakers when it comes to feeding your dog with them, so make sure you are well informed about the ingredients. Problem with store-bought tortillas is that they usually contain a lot of sodium are therefore aren’t very healthy for us or for our dog. The homemade tortillas are definitely safer and therefore you can measure everything and add only healthy ingredients so that your furry friend is happy and well fed.
Can my dog eat tortillas?
Before we get to the rest of the article, the answer to this question is yes. You can safely give your dog tortillas, but there are some things you need to be careful about. We are going to mention them now so that you are on the safe side.
Tortillas are, like we already said, safe for your dog but you shouldn’t give them all the time. The problem with tortillas is not in the ingredients that much or the food itself, it is in the digestive system of a dog. Dog’s digestive systems are not the same as ours and we can’t really rely on our diet when we are feeding our dog.
Dogs are carnivorous and they need meat to survive. Most of their nutrients should come from meat, so giving them a lot of carbs from tortillas is not going to do any favor to your dog. But, giving your dog small amounts of tortillas from time to time is perfectly fine and this is not going to cause any problems to your dog.
If you continue to give your dog tortillas on regular basis and in large portions, you are risking an obesity problem with your dog and this can be fatal in some cases. Some, usually bigger dogs, can handle the weight gain better but smaller dogs are at more harm than larger ones. Besides weight gain, giving your dog foods rich in carbohydrates is not going to make him healthier. Like we sad, he needs protein from the meat, so his diet should mostly consist out of protein. If you are not sure about tortillas, you can always consult your dog’s veterinarian and ask him for advice.
Can my dog eat tortilla chips?
Tortilla chips are one version of tortillas that are also very popular and high in carbohydrates. Tortilla chips, they are more harmful to your dog’s health than tortillas. Chips usually contain a lot of salt and this is not good for your dog. Salt can cause various health issues in your dog’s health, like heart disease, digestive problems and weight gain.
Dogs that eat tortilla chips on occasion, like a snack, are not in serious danger even though this should even be avoided. When you think about it, when our kids like eating chocolate, this doesn’t mean we are going to give them only chocolate to eat. We still need to take care of their health and make sure they are eating versatile foods.
Along with dangers like weight gain, heart disease your dog might also feel too thirsty because of all the salt inside the chips. This can cause excessive urination, which is again a problem.
Giving your dog tortilla chips can also create an addiction and your dog might start demanding chips regularly, which can create a problem for both you and him.
Some tips on dog’s diet
Although quality dehydrated foods contain all the ingredients your dog needs for life, it’s not the best that your pet can get. If you have the desire and a bit of time available, you can save yourself a much better quality meal than your dog gets when you take the packs with granules into your hands. Today there are so many types of ready-to-eat foods on the market, so new owners are often confused and not sure what is really good for their pet.
Give your dog the best education, through sharing experiences with forum members, setting up and evaluating menus and analyzing meal ingredients. We have selected for you a few tips to raise a healthy dog, brilliant hair and clear eyes.
If the dog has previously received some cooking, or fresh meat, with industrial food occasionally, the transition is simpler. If the dog is healthy and has no problems with the gastrointestinal system, it’s likely that with some simpler fresh meal that contains foods that you used to eat, you will not have problems.
Later, you just add new foods, a little and one at a time until the dog gets used to everything.
– Meat should make at least 70 percent of the portion; other percentages include vegetables, fruits and cereals.
– Heat treatment of meat should be as short as possible. If you are cooking flesh in water, use this soup in a dog’s meal.
– Hard vegetables, which are inseparable to the dogs, are most practical to start or grind, and, if ordered, insert at the end of cooking meat for 2-3 minutes. Save the juices that vegetables leave and put in the meal without any heat treatment. Put the minced at the very end in a warm meal, do not cook it.
– Green leafy vegetables are picky enough. Parsley and related plants, salad fruits and all those soft structures should not be processed thermally.
– When feeding a dog with meals, remember that such nutrition is not natural for the dog and that the important enzymes that the meat contains is eaten by scavenging. Try your dog for as long as possible to give the fresh-haired bones to carry the fork and clean the toothbrushes that the food pictures can make.
Dog’s diet should be versatile, but you need to be careful what you are giving him because their digestive systems are not as strong as ours. Dogs can’t eat all the food we eat and shouldn’t, if we want them to be healthy and to be with us many years.
In the end, you can give your dog tortillas, but make sure you know the ingredients and that you don’t go overboard with this food. Keep your dog’s diet according to basic guidelines and nothing can go wrong.