Can Dogs Eat Hot Food?

Humans constantly eat hot foods and would give their pets the same without knowing or thinking it through if it’s safe or okay. 

Dogs are known to have great appetites and would most probably pounce on any food regardless of the temperature.

Is this okay?

Is this safe?

Is it recommended?

These are the questions we need to ask ourselves and unravel, if we are to keep our pets safe and healthy.

So can the dogs eat hot food?

Dogs will not eat hot foods.

They will eat warm foods, of temperatures about 38 Degrees Centigrade.

This is a fantastic dog food temperature.

Beyond this, the food is hot and not recommended.

Hot food is dangerous for dogs.

A starving dog may attempt to eat hot food but be aware of the numerous dangers posed.

It’s recommended to just warm the dog’s food before serving it.

They are more attracted to warm foods which have great energy and character.

Avoid serving any hot food.

Discussed in this article are some important points to consider while giving the dog its meal.

Why The Dog Would Turn Down Hot Food

First, the dog will be turned off due to the food’s raging heat.

Your pet will simply sniff it and walk away.

Dogs are quite sensitive creatures and make most of their judgments by sniffing.

Hot foods will burn and injure your dog’s mouth hence it will simply keep away from it. 

Veterinarians point out that serving your dog food straight from the oven would potentially damage the lining of its gut.

Your dog will whine and whimper due to the pain caused by the burns.

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At high temperatures, the food’s taste changes.

This reduces the dog’s interest in it.

Foods have active molecules and enzymes which change characteristics by action of heat.

Some get destroyed by high temperatures and their resultant tastes change.

Destroyed nutrients in the food and resultant change in its taste isn’t appealing to the dog.

It will walk away and appear to have a moody state.

Dogs lose their appetite to hot food.

They can sometimes portray very shocking characters.

Though it’s not common for dogs to show a diminished appetite, they will simply walk away because of being irritated. 

Provide your dog with food which has ideal conditions in order to grow well.

Dogs know how to sense food that is unpalatable to them.

They will sense the condition of food to which they are not attracted to.

What Are The Ideal Temperature and Conditions for Your Dog Food?  

Veterinarians advise that it’s best when dogs are served warm food.

Experts have pointed out that the ideal temperature for dog food is about 38 degrees.

At this temperature, dogs are most comfortable with their meal and express more excitement. 

The dog also enjoys a tastier and safer food.

Dogs should not be given cold food either i.e. foods directly from the freezer.

One of the simple things to do when the food is hot is to slightly add some clean cold water.

This hydration will assist the dog by improving its digestion to the food.

It ensures efficient breakdown of the foodstuff for an effective and safe digestion process. 

Alternatively, let the hot food cool down naturally for a short period.

This will ensure that temperatures remain stable, for the dog’s good palatability.

Packaged and commercial foods often have labels which indicate how they should be prepared.

Keenly follow the information on the label and serve the food accordingly.

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Consider visiting your pet’s veterinarian for the best advice.

Your pet’s health is as important as yours.

Avoid feeding mistakes that will harm your dog or cause you to spend huge chunks of money in management.

Some Important Points To Note         

Warm the food.

However, there are debates over the methods agreed upon in doing this.

As some experts say microwaves are okay, others argue against it suggesting that its use destroys nutrients.

 I recommend warming using boilers, or enclosing the food and warming in boiling water.

This ensures that the food is warmed to the ideal temperature while maintaining its taste and nutritional value.

Cook the dog’s food well, killing bacteria but not destroying any essential nutrients.

Thereafter, leave it to cool down as you monitor the temperature (using a thermometer) until favorable temperature. 

The American Kennel Club recommends about 38 degrees Centigrade, or slightly above 101 F i.e. between 101-105F.

You can then serve your pet.

Give your dog a balanced meal that has all-round essential nutrients.

Sometimes people overlook specific requirements for pets.

It’s not shocking to realize that many people don’t know how best to take care of animals, especially our pets.

 A common mistake made is to subject the animal to the same conditions in which we thrive and excel.

This has negative effects on the animal and may certainly result in adverse effects.

While feeding puppies, follow the same set of procedures as the adults.

However, for puppies, serve limited amounts as per their age and weight. 


Dogs can eat cold or warm foods. Warm food is the best.

Cold food in this case means food at room temperatures (not frozen foods).

Avoid serving food which is too cold or hot.

Hot food is dangerous and can harm your pet.

Warm the food to bring it to slightly above room temperature.

Create a nutritious and a good feeding strategy for your dog and watch it develop healthily and happily.

Megan Turner

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