Is ‘Roti’ edible for dogs? | Chapati Lovers

by Healthy Barks Social August 25, 2022 5 min read

Is roti edible for dogs

We all know aboutChapati, also known asRoti orPhulka, a common traditional bread that is popularly prepared in Indian households. It can be used as a quick filler food or as a main course with some side dish, forming the backbone of diets. If it has been effective for humans in the past and is being used as a source of energy for ages, does it mean feeding it to our furry babies is a good idea? 

Just like humans, why can’t our dogs have chapati too?

We as pet lovers suggest that, like humans, dogs should not taste all human foods! We also talked about some of theunsafe ingredients in our last blog. 

You may want to check it herehttps://www.healthybarks.in/post/shortfalls-of-home-cooked-dog-food

Moving on, sometimes it can be tough for parents to follow the dos and don’ts of serving furry friends. 

Indeed, parents are unaware of the harmful impacts linked to feeding junk to their pets. Especially parents who love feeding enjoyable human foods and treats to dogs in India should be verycautious because many Indian foods that our pets might wish to eat result in serious physical harm upon ingestion. 

It is catchy to see pets eating ice cream, burgers, pizza, and others in videos and on different social media platforms. It might look very cute and lovey-dovey but we must as well know the repercussions. 


Chapati -  A Storehouse of Gluten 

Wheat is a major ingredient of Chapatis and although wheat is known for its enriched protein content, it’s inedible for your pooch. 

Guess what? The presence of Gluten in wheat happens to be an intolerance creator in dogs. Around 10% of dog health cases in India are due to Gluten-intolerance. 

Incidences of gluten intolerance have gone up in the case of humans in recent years. According to a 2019 report byThe Indian Express,wheat-related disorders have been on the rise making every one in nine persons suffer from celiac disease or gluten allergy.

Here’s another piece by NDTV showingmore and more people switching to a gluten-free diet to manage celiac disease.

In simple terms,

  • Gluten -A Latin word, it is glue natured and gummy with a cross-linked group of proteins e.g. you can observe it while kneading wheat dough causing fluffiness and elasticity.
  • Gluten comprises two basic proteins:Glutenin andGliadin. Glutenin is safe but Gliadin is the threat of rapid intolerance in humans and dogs.
  • Gluten intolerance can’t be controlled in dogs just by limiting Chapatis. Restrict all kinds of gluten-based foods like cakes, muffins, wheat bread, and doughnuts.

Why Gluten is Unsafe for Dogs? 

In the age of gluten-free menus and people adopting a gluten-free diet, we have seen a prevalence of ‘gluten-free thinking’ among humans. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free options. We can spot products proudly labeled ‘Gluten-free’ at supermarket aisles. 

Check out this TED-Ed video:

The Big Deal with Gluten

Here are also the11 Ways Gluten and Wheat Can Damage Your Health

So, what about our dogs? How does Gluten cause health risks in Dogs?

Let’s find out.

If you’re feeding your pet chapatis, allergies orgluten intolerance can cause harm to your canine’sgastrointestinal tract. Thus your dog’s immune structure impacts its GI tract and accordingly,your dog’s body fails to process the good nutrients it needs

This can causemalnourishment to your pet even though he is ingesting ample noble quality food. That is why the knowledge about gluten and its effects on pet nutrition is important for a parent to understand. 

Gluten remains largely undigested in your dawgie’s body. The undigested food particles stay in the small intestine. When the small intestine tries to break down these particles so that the dog’s body gets rid of them, owing to their small size, they stay inside, covering up the lining of the small intestine.

This, in turn, hampers the absorption of nutrients from the digested food. As a result of lesser nutrition, dogs suffer from fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, and nausea. Dogs that are gluten-sensitive develop chronic small intestinal inflammatory disease. Such dogs experience persistent diarrhea, weight loss,  a poor hair coat, and just fail to thrive. 


How Pet-Parents can find their dog’s Gluten Intolerance?

Spotting gluten intolerance in your dog can be tricky enough. The technical tests for gluten intolerance are too expensive and indefinite.

Symptoms of Gluten allergies in dogs: 

  • Inflammation of the intestines
  • Obsessive chewing 
  • Poor haircoat 
  • Licking of feet
  • Skin conditions 
  • Bad body conditions 
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Diarrhoea
  • Inflamed paw pads 

Since wheat remains a backbone for all age groups in India. It’s uncertain to ensure that what you’re feeding your dog doesn’t contain grain.

Gluten intolerance can be best detected by running food intolerance tests only. If parents need to hit two mangoes with one stone, they can execute both environmental and food intolerances. Such tests could be worth protecting your pet and finding a better solution. As a result, pet parents can identify gluten or other ingredients that are declining their pet’s health.

Know that a pet dog relies on parents to vow for them. It’s your responsibility to monitor your pet’s weight loss, diarrhea, mood swings, and stranger signs.


Bottom Line

So, Rotis do no good for your dogs. The gravity of damage that gluten yields are more than the goodness of protein presence it has. Besides, dogs have smaller intestines and show trouble in digesting plant-based foods. Therefore, your canine friend needs a species-appropriate and meat-based diet, including fruits and vegetable supplements that enrich the nutrition intake in their body providing them complete nutrition. We will discuss more on plant-based and meat-based diets for dogs in the next few blogs. 

Good health comes from Great food! 

Feed your furry babies fresh, gluten-free, natural, nutritionally-balanced custom foods for happy wagging! 

You can check out our wholesomeChicken and Fish recipe for your doggo.


Most pet parents often struggle with managing their pet’s nutritional requirements. We help pet parents with fresh, complete, and tailored nutrition for their pets by providing personalized meal plans (made fresh with real ingredients) specially designed to meet their pet’s health needs, and formulated by a veterinary nutritionist so that they stay worry-free & can get on with spending real-time with their doggos. We are currently serving in Bangalore. So, if you reside in Bangalore, book a free, in-person consultation with the Healthy Barks family at https://www.healthybarks.in/free-consultation or feel free to call or drop us a ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp at +91 - 76767 20200. Come and enjoy a food-tasting session with us!

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Happy Wagging & Healthy Barks!


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