Can Dogs Eat Chinese Fortune Cookies?

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Can Dogs Eat Fortune Cookies? In short, the answer is yes. Fortune Cookies aren’t toxic to dogs, so if they eat them, they’re likely to be okay. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients might not sit well in your dog’s tummy. So, we don’t recommend feeding them to your furry friend every time you order Chinese.

Now, you may wonder what’s in a fortune cookie and how might it affect my dog? Let’s break down each ingredient so you can have a better understanding of your pup’s digestive needs.

Check out our healthy alternative (Dog Approved) fortune cookie recipe at the bottom of this article.

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Main Ingredients Found in Fortune Cookies

  • Butter – While butter isn’t toxic for dogs, it isn’t good for them either. In fact, butter is mainly saturated fat. This type of fat isn’t good for humans, and it’s even worse for dogs. Eating high-fat foods frequently – say that five times fast – can cause obesity and pancreatitis. Also, butter is a dairy product and may lead to an upset stomach for pups with lactose intolerance or a table food intolerance in general. If you’re not sure about your canine’s ability to tolerate such foods, it’s better to avoid them altogether.
  • Flour – This ingredient needs an article to itself in order to fully explain why it’s a giant question mark on how it can affect your dog. It is challenging to avoid flour altogether as it is found in many dog foods and treats. Yet, we can break down flour into two categories. Gluten is generally bad, but whole-grain and alternative-grain flours can be okay.
    Gluten is found in high concentrations in wheat flour, especially white flour. Some believe that eating white flour can lead to inflammatory bowel syndrome or dog colitis. Flour made from corn, soy, and wheat also poses a risk of allergy. Left untreated, these allergies could bring about severe health conditions and even death.
    Using flours made from whole grains such as brown rice, oats, barley, etc., or grain-free choices like lentils, potatoes, or almonds reduce or eliminate the gluten in the finished product. Thus, making it a much healthier option for dogs and humans alike.
  • Sugar – Dogs and people have very different tolerance levels when it comes to sugar. While people can consume large amounts of sugar with little to no digestive issues, the same cannot be said of your pup. Their bodies struggle to break down sugar, leading to bloating, appetite loss, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Unlike butter and flour, which only really become an issue when ingested in large quantities, sugar has the potential to cause problems with just a single fortune cookie. It’s not considered toxic, but your doggie might be in for a rough day.
  • Vanilla Extract – While vanilla itself isn’t toxic to dogs, the extract contains high volumes of alcohol which is very unhealthy. Most fortune cookies don’t have a high enough concentration of extract to make your furry friend sick. Many doggie treats feature vanilla flavoring in small amounts with no ill effects, but there are also alcohol-free options that eliminate the risk to your pup completely.
  • Almond Extract – You run into the same problem as the vanilla extract with almond flavoring. It truly depends on how much extract the manufacturer uses in the cookies: the more flavoring, the greater concentration of alcohol, and the risk to your pet.
  • Salt – This is one ingredient that is actually beneficial to your puppy. It is perfectly safe for dogs to eat salt, and, it turns out, they need it in their diet to keep their fluid levels in balance. At low levels, salt also helps maintain cellular functions like acid-base balance and nerve signal transmission. Bonus, the ‘chloride’ in sodium chloride (salt) produces hydrochloric acid or the stomach, which helps digestion. Naturally, too much salt is not a good idea. Overly salty foods could cause dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhea, but you won’t have that problem with the dash of salt found in a fortune cookie.
  • Eggs – Like salt, eggs are not only safe for your doggie; they’re good for them too. Canine bodies need protein. It’s the most significant part of their diet, and eggs are protein-rich. They’re also high in other nutrients that benefit your pet, such as fatty acids, iron, and vitamins A and B12. Dogs can eat eggs every day, but it’s crucial to treat eggs like you would any other treat. Purina suggests using the 10 Percent Treat Rule. Meaning treats should only make up 10 percent of your dog’s total daily calories. Using this rule avoids extra calories and ensures complete and balanced meals.

With the ingredients in fortune cookies being a mixture of good, bad, and everything in-between, it’s no wonder you’re wondering, can dogs eat Chinese fortune cookies? Maybe the real question is whether or not the combination of ingredients is unhealthy for your pet.

Are Fortune Cookies Healthy For Dogs?

In general, the answer is no; fortune cookies are not healthy for our canine companions. Most of the ingredients used to make these cookies are unfit for doggie consumption. A couple of beneficial items are heavily overshadowed by the potentially harmful contents.

Most pups will have no consequences from eating one or two fortune cookies, but anything more is likely to make them sick. The fats, sugar, and artificial flavors of a fortune cookie may spell a temporary upset stomach for dogs with food sensitivity or who are unfamiliar with processed foods.

A stolen cookie is also likely to contain its fortune still. That means your pet would be consuming paper and ink as well. Luckily, the little bit of parchment most likely won’t bother the average canine. (Paper is only a problem when the dog consumes a lot of it.) The small strip won’t digest, but it’ll come out the other end soon enough. Another stroke of good fortune (pun intended) is the small amount of ink present on the paper shouldn’t cause any ill effects.

Worse is the possibility some fortune cookies may contain xylitol. This artificial sweetener, sometimes used in sugar-free treats, is toxic to dogs. It’s difficult to determine which cookies contain this ingredient, so we would suggest steering clear of anything labeled sugar-free and keeping the cookies out of paw’s (and muzzle’s) reach.

Another potential complication comes in the form of tea powder. Occasionally, recipes include instant tea powder for added flavor. All sources of caffeine are toxic to dogs, including tea. Depending on the size of your dog, eating even a single tea flavored cookie could result in a severe reaction.

Be on the lookout for these signs of xylitol or caffeine poisoning:

  • Vomiting
  • Laziness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Elevated heartbeat
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

At the end of the day, it’s always good to take a better, safe than sorry approach when it comes to the health of our beloved pets and not intentionally feed them Chinese fortune cookies. Be mindful of where you’re leaving any food you don’t want your dog to get into, but if they happen to eat one or two cookies, you likely won’t need to rush them to the vet.

A Healthy (Dog Approved) Alternative Recipe for Fortune Cookies

At this point, you’re probably in agreement that traditional fortune cookies are not appropriate treats for our puppy pals. Yet, you may still want your furball to be able to enjoy them on special occasions like Chinese New Year or at a Chinese-themed party.

Well, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you! It’s not only healthy and safe for your doggie but cute and tasty too. Here, you can find the full recipe: Homemade Dog Fortune Cookies for Chinese New Year. But let’s explore why these ingredients are a much better alternative.

Dog Approved Fortune Cookies that are made with simple ingredients that are safe for dogs.

Cook Time:10 min
Prep Time:25 min
Total Time:35 min
Category:Dog Treats
1. Preheat your oven to 400 Degrees

2. Heat a non-stick frying pan (or a standard frying pan with a light spritz of oil) over medium heat.

3. Whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy, mix in the oil, flour, and seasonings (optional).

4. Then incrementally add stock/liquid to dilute into a thin spreadable crepe-like batter.

5. Visit (link right above the recipe) for the remainder of the instructions.
* One egg white
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1/4 cup brown rice flour
* Unseasoned unsalted stock or other dog-friendly liquid
* Your choice of dog-friendly seasonings (recommended: Ceylon cinnamon or ground ginger)
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Egg – This was one of the two original ingredients that were approved as part of a daily doggie diet.

Olive oil is a healthy fat alternative to the butter in the traditional recipe. Not all fats and oils are bad.

Brown rice flour – As mentioned earlier, many dog foods and treats contain flour. Most “people food” contains white wheat flour, and that’s not good for dogs. In the pup-friendly version, using a whole grain flour makes it easier to digest.

Unseasoned Stock – The liquid is used to dilute the batter and make it thin and crepe-like. This isn’t needed in the original recipe but using stock or water is never a health risk for your pet.

Seasonings – This recipe doesn’t use the potentially immensely harmful extracts found in most packaged fortune cookies. Instead, you use spices that are both tasty and safe for dogs.

In Summary

While you may not have to panic if your dog gets ahold of the cookie from last night’s take-out, it’s best not to make a habit of it. However, no one said your puppy pal couldn’t enjoy having their fortune read to them while chowing down on a treat. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our DIY dog treats and keep your four-legged friend both happy and healthy on any occasion!

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