IS baking powder bad for dogs, because I thought it was, so it it safe to use?

In many veterinarian sites they say that baking powder or soda is really harmful for dogs. So I really want to make a cake or treat for my two dogs, but I am not sure if baking powder is safe.

Chef's Answer ~ You should not feed your dog straight baking powder or baking soda, but using a teaspoon or two in a dog cake or other dog treat should not cause any problems.

I am very curious about, and would love to read the articles that you found, saying that baking powder and soda are harmful to dogs. Would it be possible to list the links here as comments or use my contact us form?

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Leavening Agents for Dogs
by: narratus

Things that are often included in recipes with other ingredients and cooked are not the same as things ingested raw from your cabinet by a dog. It is safe to use a small amount of baking soda in dog biscuits. You don't want your dog eating baking soda straight, that can be very dangerous for your pet.

I found a terrific site that gives reasons why things might be bad for your dog, but as always, consult your vet with any questions or emergencies you might have!

baking powder for dogs
by: col

I don't know if baking powder or soda is harmful to dogs.Many canine recipies call for 1 or both.The new bake a bone maker especially.I do know thru extensive research I've done on medicines for 2 ill family members that the least trustworthy place to find accurate information for human or pet info is webmd.This site is run by big pharma Drs.Their sole goal is to scare people away from any healthy or organic alternatives.

baking powder or soda
by: Anonymous

If it isn't helpful for you pet then why use it? This is one ingredient I keep coming across online in many dog treat recipes that I think shouldnt be there. We use it in bake goods to help them rise but it isnt necessary in dog treats and might be harmful to our 4-legged friends so why use it? Please research ALL ingredients before adding them. Just because you find a recipe online dosent mean its okay. PLEASE RESEARCH!

Baking Soda IS Toxic to Dogs
by: Anonymous

Like many of you I was skepitcal about who post on sites, and whether some foods/ingrediants are toxic to our dogs.
Our shih-tzu was itching at his neck for about a day (no fleas or bites), and one site said to use baking soda on the affected area to calm the itching. We didn't put a lot on his neck, just rubbed small amount into the small area. He started vommiting later in the evening and all morning. We just got back from the vet, who warned us that Baking Soda is VERY toxic to dogs. Poor little guy had to have two injections, and the vet put him on meds for a week to help avoid possible liver failure...

"Toxic Foods for Dogs" websites are very misleading...
by: Anonymous

There are a lot of things that various websites say are toxic to dogs and should never be given... however most people don't actually know what the word "Toxic" means.

Something that is toxic can generally be consumed in small/moderate amounts without an immediate negative effect, but will cause problems in the long term and with prolonged exposure.

Something that causes immediate severe illness or death is poisonous. For instance, most of those websites say that garlic and onions are toxic to dogs. This is true - consumption of onions/garlic constantly over a long period of time (several months or years) has been linked to certain blood disorders in dogs. On the other hand, chocolate is poisonous to dogs and any consumption of chocolate by your dog should be cause for concern (and possibly a trip to the emergency vet).

Of course, items that are toxic can also be poisonous (but so can items that aren't toxic!), it just depends on the amount ingested.

Some other things those websites are misleading about:

1. The flesh of peaches and plums is fine. Just don't give your dog the pit.
2. There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeding your dog raw meat. The reasons webMD gives for NOT feeding your dog raw meat are more of a concern for people... dogs are much better protected against e.coli and salmonella than humans are.... what with dogs were eating raw food until about the last 150 years or so that dogs began eating specific "dog food". In fact, most dogs do perfectly fine chewing on bones that humans would've long thrown away for being unsanitary.

Baking soda to brush your dogs teeth
by: Anonymous

I actually just tried to brush my dogs teeth with baking soda. She started to act funny afterwards.

So I googled it and immediately see that its toxic. I called our emergency vet and they said it is toxic to dogs but that enough just to brush their teeth shouldn't hurt. But don't give them anything but water afterwards.

"Baking Soda Unsafe for Pets" is on
by: Anonymous

Here is what I believe is the original source of the "baking soda is bad for pets" on the web. I have seen numerous authors quote this verbatim as if they wrote it themselves.

Some say it's unsafe
by: Super K

I'm not the original poster, but I can see how the OP could think that any amount was unsafe.

Slide 19 of 25 says baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg are all highly toxic (they also say "and other spices", which isn't specific or helpful):

Those are just 2 instances that I came across. I do hate it when I come across a site that says an ingredient is unsafe "in large amounts" but they won't tell you if a small amount is okay. I mean, a lot of stuff is unsafe or will make you ill in large amounts, for humans or dogs.

Alright, *steps off soapbox*.

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