How Dough Can Harm Your Pet

How Dough Can Harm Your Pet

Intermittent COVID lockdowns have seen many of us taking up new hobbies, including home baking. But did you know that raw bread dough can be toxic to pets?

Bread dough poisoning occurs when uncooked or unbaked bread dough, pizza dough, or roll products (including sourdough or starters) that contain live yeast are ingested in the process of rising.

Once in the warm, moist environment of the stomach; live yeast within the dough produces ethanol (alcohol). The ethanol is rapidly absorbed and can result in varying degrees of alcohol intoxication. Pets can appear unsteady on their feet and disoriented. Large ingestions can result in more significant effects including low blood sugar, temporary blindness and potentially coma.

As the bread dough rises within the stomach, it can also result in gastrointestinal distention and obstruction. Affected animals may begin to experience abdominal pain and start vomiting as the dough expands. Significant dough expansion can be life-threatening and require surgical intervention.

Never feed any quantity of raw bread dough to your pets and ensure rising dough is kept out of reach of curious paws. Keep in mind that some pets can reach bench tops, particularly when attracted by food.

☎ If your pet has ingested bread dough, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice immediately. The Helpline is a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand.

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