Who does not enjoy the undeniably delicious creamy chicken alfredo? It is pretty natural for human beings to share what they eat with their four-legged canine companions.
You cannot blame your dog for liking this mouth-watering dish. But are you wondering if your dog can consume chicken alfredo?
Read on this article to understand what goes into making chicken alfredo. By the end of it, you would also get to know what ingredients of chicken alfredo are toxic for your dogs? Let’s get started.
Is Chicken Alfredo Safe For Your Dog?
In simple terms, no. Our all-time favorite non-vegetarian variant of this creamy pasta is not safe for your dog to eat.
Regardless of the amount ingested, chicken alfredo is not meant for canines, leading to several health issues. Its consumption is bound to have certain long-term and immediate symptoms in your pup.
Its core ingredients- pasta and cheese are not that harmful to canines. However, its other primary ingredients include garlic, onion, butter, and heavy cream, all of which are problematic.
Other toppings and spices such as salt and nutmeg could prove to be a digestive hell for your pooch.
Excessive consumption of alfredo chicken can cause obesity, pancreatitis, hemolytic anemia, lactose malabsorption, and heart-related diseases in your dog. You must consult your pet when you notice these symptoms.
What Are The Ingredients Used In Chicken Alfredo?
An average recipe of chicken alfredo consists of the following ingredients:
4 boneless chicken thighs
300 grams pasta (often fettuccine or tagliatelle)
1-2 tablespoon butter
100-150 grams cheese (often Asiago or Parmesan)
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
200ml double cream
Half tablespoon grated nutmeg
What Are The Effects Of Eating Chicken Alfredo In Dogs?
- High amount of bad fats: When your dog is munching away loads of chicken alfredo, he is also ingesting tons of bad fats. That leads them to weight imbalance and obesity. These fats can leave your dog in a very vulnerable state.
- Digestive Issues: Most dogs report severe cases of indigestion after eating chicken alfredo. Dogs may suffer from awful digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
- The case of butter: Salted or unsalted, butter is not suitable for your dog, especially if he is lactose intolerant. Butter is 80% fat, and there are 12 grams of fat in just one tablespoon of butter.
The high quantity of butter put in chicken alfredo can cause the following problems in your pooch:
An upset stomach for over 3-4 days
Constipation or irregular bowel movements for 3 to 4 days
The Hellbent Heavy Cream: Chicken alfredo is incomplete without heavy cream that’s very difficult for your dog to digest, considering he isn’t lactose intolerant. The heavy cream-packed chicken alfredo can lead to the following symptoms in your doggo:
Constant passing of gas
Onion and garlic toxicity: Beware of chicken alfredo, fellow dog lover. Its core ingredients- onion and garlic are very toxic for dogs. They are extremely dangerous for your dog’s heart, kidney, and overall metabolism.
Salt poisoning: If you feed one pound of chicken alfredo to your pooch, you also give him one tablespoon of salt. This means that your dog is consuming nearly 6 grams of salt against the ideal 0.25g-1.5g quantity. Although this much salt is harmless for us, it is highly toxic for dogs, often leading to hypernatremia/salt poisoning.
Preference for Asiago Cheese: Most people prefer using Asiago cheese over Parmesan while making chicken alfredo. One ounce of Asiago cheese contains a massive 11 grams of fat. Thus, it is very unhealthy for your dogs to eat.
Tip: We recommend switching to low-fat variants like cottage cheese, soft goat cheese, and mozzarella.
What To Do If Your Dog Has An Eaten Excessive Amount Of Chicken Alfredo?
First of all, you must be calm and patient if your dog has consumed chicken alfredo in large amounts. He will not die because of it but will require immediate medical attention. You can try one of the following methods for your dog’s treatment:
- It would help be best if you regulate your dog’s diet. For this, give his intestinal tract a good amount of rest by keeping lots of water near him. If he refuses to drink, you must give him small quantities of water with a dropper or syringe.
- You should feed him at least 4-5 small and light meals daily. This meal plan should include protein-rich foods such as fish, scrambled eggs, chicken, etc. Combining this with boiled rice would do wonders for your pooch.
- It would help if you also fed some yogurt to your dog as it contains good bacteria and helps restore your dog’s intestinal tract. 1-2 tablespoons of unflavored yogurt would be best for your pooch.
- Chicken alfredo leads to several digestive issues in dogs. To counter gastroenteritis, peptic ulcers, and gastritis, you can give him a dose of the histamine blocker drug- Pepcid (Famotidine).
Q. Can puppies eat chicken alfredo?
No. Whether an adult dog or puppy, chicken alfredo is not suitable for him. However, you can feel free to give them cooked pasta or boiled chicken moderately.
Q. For how long can you keep chicken alfredo out?
After nearly two hours, the chicken alfredo is most likely to develop bacteria and become unsafe for consumption. Spoiled chicken alfredo is more dangerous than chicken alfredo.
As a dog owner, you must know that deviating from your dog’s regular diet can lead to serious health complications. And chicken alfredo is one such dietary deviant for your pooch. If you want to give something healthy to your dog, go for plain pasta or raw chicken instead of chicken alfredo.
We hope that the information in this article will help you understand how chicken alfredo is not suitable for your adorable doggo.
Do you wish to share the time when your dog reacted to chicken alfredo? How did you handle his condition? Let us know in the comments!
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.