Did you know that innocent looking loaf of bread dough rising on your kitchen counter can make your dog very sick, even to the point of death?
Many dogs will gobble up raw dough if they have access to it, and the results can be disastrous.
How Bread Dough Becomes Deadly
Most bread dough contains yeast. When exposed to a warm, anaerobic environment (like the oven or the inside of your dog), the enzymes in the yeast convert the sugar in the dough to ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide.
The carbon dioxide is what makes the dough rise. The ethanol serves to flavor the bread as it evaporates during the process of baking.
There are two concerns for a dog that has eaten bread dough. One, there's a large mass of dough in the stomach that is continuing to rise. Two, the warm environment of the stomach promotes ongoing fermentation of the alcohol in the dough, which can result in ethanol toxicosis.
Symptoms of Ethanol Toxicosis
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