A dog with a wary expression looking at biscuits, showing they are harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Biscuits?

No, dogs should not eat biscuits. Biscuits often contain harmful ingredients like sugar, butter, and sometimes chocolate, which can pose serious health risks to dogs. Even seemingly benign components like flour and eggs can trigger allergies or digestive issues.

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?

Many commercial biscuits contain ingredients like chocolate or raisins that are toxic to dogs.




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Why Are Biscuits Bad for Dogs?

Biscuits are laden with unhealthy fats and sugars that contribute to obesity and diabetes in dogs. Additionally, many biscuits contain chocolate or raisins, which are toxic to dogs. Even artificial sweeteners such as xylitol can be deadly in small amounts.

How Many Biscuits Can Dogs Eat?

While it's best to avoid giving your dog biscuits altogether, an accidental nibble likely won’t cause immediate harm if it doesn't contain toxic ingredients. However, do monitor your dog closely and avoid making it a habit. Always consult your vet for tailored advice.

Common Misconceptions

Many believe that sugar-free biscuits are a safe alternative for dogs. This is incorrect! Sugar-free biscuits often contain xylitol, a sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs and can lead to rapid insulin release, causing hypoglycemia.

Similar Harmful Products

  • Cookies: Often contain chocolate, sugar, and other toxic ingredients.
  • Cakes: Loaded with sugar and sometimes toxic components like raisins or chocolate.
  • Granola Bars: Frequently include dangerous ingredients like nuts and chocolate.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Biscuits?

If your dog consumes biscuits, especially ones with chocolate or other harmful ingredients, contact your vet immediately. Do not attempt to induce vomiting unless specifically instructed by a veterinarian. Keep an eye on your dog for signs of distress.

Long-term consumption of harmful foods can lead to serious chronic health issues like obesity and diabetes. Veterinary treatments for these conditions can be expensive. Having pet insurance can help manage these unforeseen costs, ensuring your furry friend gets the care they need.

What Are Healthy Alternatives?

There are plenty of pet-safe treats you can offer your dog instead:

  • Carrot Sticks: Low in calories and good for dental health.
  • Apple Slices: Packed with vitamins, just make sure to remove the seeds.
  • Sweet Potato Chews: Healthy and dogs love the taste!


Biscuits are generally not a good choice for dogs due to harmful ingredients and high sugar and fat content. Always consult your vet for advice on safe treats for your dog. Remember, a happy pet is a healthy pet!