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Eating Yeast Can Be Life Threatening To Dogs

11 July 2018

If you do bake a lot, probably you have several packets of dry yeast somewhere in your kitchen. Though yeast comes in very handy when baking, it can be extremely toxic to dogs.

Eating yeast causes two major life-threatening health conditions in dogs – alcohol poisoning and bloat. Continue reading to find out more about these conditions, their symptoms and what you can do to keep your pet safe.

Yeast Consumption Causes Bloat In Dogs

I guess you’ve seen how well yeast makes dough to rise. Within a couple of hours, your dough easily expands to double its original size. This ability to grow and expand is what makes yeast extremely bad for dogs.
Since yeast expands best in moist and warm environments, the inside of a dog is the perfect place for expansion. That means that when your pet consumes yeast, it will grow, making his stomach
expand rapidly. This is what causes bloat (also known as Gastric Dilatation Volvulus).

Dogs with bloat have their stomachs filled with gas which they can’t expel. The increased pressure and the rapid expansion of your pet’s stomach when he eats yeast can lead to the following conditions:

Reduced blood flow

Increased pressure in his diaphragm (this can cause difficulty in breathing)

Cardiovascular system damage

Rupture of his stomach lining

Bloat is a medical emergency that requires the immediate attention of a professional veterinarian. You can’t treat this condition with any home remedies, so don’t go this route if you care about the
life of your pet.

Symptoms Of Bloat


How can you tell if your pet is suffering from bloat? Here are some symptoms to look out for:
• Bloated abdomen
• Pacing
• Anxiety and restlessness
• Drooling
• Rapid panting
• Shallow breathing
• Trying to vomit

Yeast Consumption Causes Alcohol Poisoning In Dogs

Alcohol poisoning is another conditionassociated with yeast consumption in dogs. So, how does this happen? When your dog eats uncooked dough containing yeast, it undergoes fermentation while in
his stomach. This process produces ethanol, which is quickly absorbed into your dog’s bloodstream, causing complications such as tremors, hypoglycemia, disorientation, respiratory depression as well as hypothermia.

Symptoms Of Alcohol Poisoning

Different dogs show different symptoms of alcohol poisoning depending on how much ethanol has been absorbed into their blood stream. In addition, dogs that have empty stomachs at the time of
ingesting yeast usually show alcohol poisoning symptoms within the first 30 minutes.
On the other hand, those with full stomachs can stay for 3 hours or more before exhibiting any symptoms. Here are the most common signs of alcohol poisoning you should look out for in your dog:
• Weakness
• Staggering
• Drooling
• Trying to vomit
• Panting
• Hyperactivity
• Decreased reflexes

Advanced symptoms of ethanol poisoning in dogs include heart attack, depression, increased total body acid as well as reduced heart rate and breathing.

How To Keep Your Dog Safe

If you leave your uncooked dough anywhere within reach, your dog will surely want to have a taste of it, says expert from And when that happens, he can die due to bloat or alcohol poisoning if he’s not treated immediately by a veterinarian.
So, my advice to you is simple – keep anything containing yeast as far away from your pet as possible to prevent unnecessary accidents.