Bread Dough

Poisonous to+

cats, dogs

Level of toxicity+

Generally mild to severe

Common signs to watch for+

Drooling
Retching
Vomiting
Distended stomach
Elevated heart rate
Weakness
Collapse
Hypotension (low blood pressure)
Coma
Hypothermia
Death

Description+

Unbaked bread dough can be poisonous to dogs and cats. When ingested, the unbaked bread dough expands in the warm, moist environment of the stomach and can result in a bloated stomach (called “bloat”); this can then progress to a gastric-dilitation volvulus (GDV), which is a twisted stomach. Signs of bloat or GDV include vomiting, non-productive retching, a distended stomach, an elevated heart rate, weakness, collapse, and death. Secondly, when the yeast in the unbaked dough is fermented, it results in the production of carbon dioxide (causing the bloat) and alcohol. Alcohol from the fermenting yeast is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and results in alcohol poisoning quickly. Ingestion of alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. Intoxicated dogs and cats can experience seizures and respiratory failure.

Alternate names+

unbaked bread, yeast, alcohol poisoning, sourdough starter, pizza dough, raw bread dough

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Bread dough

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