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Can Dogs Eat Spaghetti?

Yes, dogs can eat spaghetti, but it should be served plain and in moderation. While most plain pasta isn't harmful to dogs, it's important to avoid sauces that often contain ingredients like garlic, onions, and excessive salt which can be dangerous for your furry friend.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 17, 2024

Did You Know?

Dogs typically enjoy the texture of spaghetti, which can make it an appealing but occasional treat.




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Benefits and Risks of Spaghetti

Spaghetti is essentially just flour and water, making it a safe, albeit nutritionally insignificant, treat for your dog. The main benefits come from its carbohydrate content, providing a quick energy boost. However, too much can lead to weight gain and upset stomachs. Watch out for sauces that could contain toxic ingredients and extra calories.

How Much Spaghetti Can Dogs Eat?

The amount of spaghetti your dog can eat largely depends on their size, breed, and overall health. For small dogs, a few plain strands are sufficient. Medium and large dogs can handle a small handful of plain pasta occasionally. It’s best to limit spaghetti to an occasional treat rather than a regular part of their diet.

Common Misconceptions

One common myth is that all human foods are either entirely safe or dangerous for dogs. Spaghetti falls into a grey area. While the noodles themselves are safe, many assume that any pasta dish is fine for dogs. The real danger comes from the sauces and seasonings that typically accompany spaghetti.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Spaghetti?

If your dog shows signs of a bad reaction after eating spaghetti, such as upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea, monitor them closely. If the symptoms persist or worsen, contact your veterinarian immediately. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

If you're looking for healthier or safer treats, consider these alternatives:

  • Carrot sticks: Low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins.
  • Apple slices: Provide vitamins A and C, but avoid seeds.
  • Pumpkin: Great for digestion and rich in fiber.


While dogs can eat plain spaghetti in moderation, it’s crucial to avoid any harmful ingredients found in typical pasta dishes. Always keep an eye on your dog’s reactions when introducing new foods, and consult your vet if you have any concerns, especially if your dog has specific health conditions or dietary needs. Moderation is key to keeping your furry friend happy and healthy!