Pizza Recipes That Dogs and Humans Can Eat Together


I love pizza and I love my dog, so it isn’t much of a leap to wonder if I can make pizza that my dog and I can enjoy together. I did some research to find the best recipes to give both you and your dog a pizza night to remember. These recipes aren’t just tasty, but they are also packed with healthy nutrients to give your dog more than the regular bowl of kibble. Read on to discover some pizza recipes that dogs and humans can eat together that both of you will love.

General tips 

Stick to small portions

Small portions are important, especially at the beginning when trying new food. If anything you put in your dog’s pizza doesn’t agree with their digestive system, you want to find out with only a little bit of pizza in your dog’s belly, not a whole 16-inch pan. Start with a small slice, and then you can give your dog larger portions in the days to follow.

Tableside flavor adjustments for people

You are almost certainly going to want your pizza saltier than is healthy for your dog; you will likely want other herbs and spices that your dog won’t like, such as basil, oregano, and pepper. Keep some diced or dried herbs, as well as salt and pepper, available by the table so you can adjust the taste of your slice as needed while still providing a healthy pizza for your dog.

Where dogs and humans agree

Here are some things that humans and dogs both enjoy on a pizza. Have fun with these ingredients knowing full well that both you and your dog will love devouring a pizza smothered with them. 

Cheese

Both humans and dogs are obsessed with cheese. This is one of the most successful training treats and a great way to hide a pill from your dog. Since many dogs do not digest lactose well, be careful not to include too much cheese in your pizza, but a little bit of cheese is sure to make your dog very excited about this pizza. Stick to low-fat options. Your dog will love them just as much, but they are much better for them. 

Meat

If you love “meat lovers” pizza more than just about anything, you will be thrilled to find that your dog agrees. Dogs enjoy eating meat. Meat offers an important ingredient for their daily health as it contains essential vitamins, minerals, and plenty of protein. Just keep the meat that you put on your pizza for your dog unprocessed, rather than the pepperoni and sausage that we enjoy.

Cooked veggies

Have you ever bitten into a nearly raw or completely raw vegetable on a pizza and thought that putting a little more time and effort into it would have resulted in better food? Your dog likely agrees, especially when it comes to vegetables. Your dog will be more excited about snapping up every vegetable on their pizza if the vegetables are cooked first.

Where dogs and humans differ

Herbs

Most people love herbs on their pizza. Basil and oregano both add a bit of pizzazz, but you may find that your dog is less thrilled. Most dogs don’t like herbs, even if they like other greens like lettuce. Why? It’s actually because the distinct taste that we enjoy so much about herbs is really an evolutionary tactic to try to keep animals from eating it. This tactic works on dogs much better than it does on people.

Spices

You may enjoy some red pepper flakes or spicy chopped jalapeno or habanero on your pizza, but your dog likely will not agree. Dogs may tolerate spicy foods, but they don’t prefer them. They can also suffer from an upset stomach as a result of eating overly spicy food.

Healthy food choices

Dogs can’t eat everything that humans can. Certain vegetables (such as onions) can make your dog sick. We love the taste of salt in our food and process sodium well, but dogs don’t do well with too much sodium in their food.  As much as you may enjoy a good, pungent blue cheese, avoid blue cheeses for your dog, and they can produce roquefortine, which is toxic to dogs. Make sure that you do your research and choose ingredients that are healthy for your dog when you are making a pizza recipe for them. 

Pizza Recipes That Dogs and Humans Can Eat Together

Crust

Here is a great general pizza crust recipe that works well for most dogs. If your dog has digested gluten with no problem in the past, you can use wheat flour; however, since many dogs have allergies to wheat products, you may want to choose a mix of these other flours instead of using wheat. Feel free to try a different mix of grain flour every time you make your crust. The tapioca flour should help maintain texture regardless. Each of these grains has a different taste profile and nutrients, so you can find the flavor combinations you like the best. This will also provide your dog with lots of variety in minerals and vitamins. It is a good idea to stick with the same percentage of tapioca flour since this helps hold the pizza crust together. Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut, quinoa, barley, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, rice, oat, or wheat flour (or a mix of these to taste)
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • One teaspoon baking powder, gluten-free if you have concerns about your dog consuming gluten
  • 1 cup unsalted broth ( vegetable, chicken, beef, or bone, depending on your preferences and pizza toppings)
  • One egg 
Instructions
  1. Put a pizza pan in the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk the egg and broth together.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together and slowly add them into the egg and broth.
  4. Stir just until fully combined.
  5. Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is smooth and even.
  6. Slide the dough onto the hot pan and bake for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust and your preferred level of crispness.
  7. Cover with your cooked toppings and put back in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Chicken, mushroom, and swiss pizza

This is a great standard for most dogs and people that is both delicious and easy to digest. Chicken is high in protein, which is important for your dog to build strong muscles. Meanwhile, swiss cheese is low in fat and high in useful vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, swiss cheese is relatively low in lactose compared to other cheeses, which makes it easier for most dogs to digest.  Portobello mushrooms are a great choice, but you can provide an extra kick of health for both yourself and your dog by choosing mushrooms with special health benefits such as shiitake. A pinch of turmeric can boost your dog’s immunity as well as enhance the flavor of the pizza. Ingredients
  • ½ cup roasted chicken, broken into pieces
  • ¼ cup swiss cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup mushrooms 
  • A teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
Instructions
  1. If not done ahead of time, roast chicken and break into pieces.
  2. Slice mushrooms into thin, even slices.
  3. Dice tomatoes into small pieces.
  4. When making the crust, use chicken broth and stick to light flours that are easy to digest like oatmeal or quinoa flour.
  5. While the crust is cooking, saute mushrooms on a medium-hot pan in a tablespoon of vegetable oil until they are soft and shiny.
  6. Add the tomatoes and saute until they are soft and some water has been released.
  7. When the pizza crust is nearly done, remove it and evenly distribute the mushrooms and tomato across the top of the pizza, followed by the chicken.
  8. Sprinkle cheese over everything and put it back in the oven until the cheese is melted.

Beef and bone broth pizza 

If you are looking for a hearty pizza that your dog will love, consider this beef-based pizza with bone broth that is rich in vitamins and minerals. This is a pizza that both humans and dogs will devour with enthusiasm. It is hardy enough to fill up dogs that never seem to get enough to eat.  Bone broth boosts immunity and may even have cancer-fighting qualities. Mozzarella cheese is the perfect standard cheese, which is also low in fat and relatively easy for your dog to digest.  Shredded carrot fits into this pizza better than you might expect, especially when sauteed, and it has great benefits for your dog’s mind and eyes. Brussels sprouts fit well in this pizza also, especially when they are well browned. Ingredients
  • Bone broth used in the broth
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup beef, preferably lean muscle meat but lean ground beef is also acceptable
  • ¼ cup carrots, finely sliced
  • ¼ cup Brussels sprouts, cut into small chunks
Instructions
  1. Cook the beef if it has not already been cooked, taking care to drain off fat.
  2. Make the crust with bone broth and hardy grains like millet, buckwheat, and sorghum.
  3. While the crust is cooking, sautee Brussels sprouts and carrots in vegetable oil until browned; use a small amount of bone broth to deglaze the pan.
  4. Spread Brussels sprouts and carrots on the crust when it is nearly done.
  5. Add the beef and sprinkle cheese over everything.
  6. Place back in the oven until the cheese is melted.

Caesar salad pizza

Fish is amazing for your dog, giving benefits to your dog’s joints, skin, and brain. Whole, oily fish like sardines are especially well-suited to offering your dog health benefits. This is an awesome recipe for a dog that might be getting on in years.  The smell of fish is highly attractive, so even dogs that may not otherwise be interested in even home-cooked meals are likely to be attracted by this delicious pizza. While it may sound a bit strange to you, you are likely to enjoy this pizza very much as well. A mix of veggies, including charred romaine lettuce, provides great sources of vitamins and minerals for your dog as well as adding excellent fiber. Cottage cheese is very low fat and a healthy cheese option that is easy for your dog to digest. Vegetable broth is utilized so that no chicken or beef comes into this recipe since they are often allergens. Ingredients
  • ¼ cup diced whole anchovies 
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • One romaine heart
  • ⅕ cup each of celery and carrot, chopped
  • ⅕ cup Brussels sprouts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Use easy to digest grains in the crust, like rice and oatmeal; use vegetable broth in order to avoid potential allergens to chicken or beef.
  2. When the crust is nearly done, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and remove the crust.
  3. Lay the celery, carrot, and Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil over everything.
  4. Roast for about 15 minutes until the vegetables have browned a bit.
  5. Add the romaine heart, sprinkled with olive oil, and roast for another 10 minutes until the romaine has started to brown and is a little wilted.
  6. Cover the crust with cottage cheese and lay the vegetables over it, sprinkling everything with diced whole anchovies and a little bit of balsamic vinegar.
  7. Put back in the oven for a couple of minutes to allow everything to heat up and flavors to integrate, then serve.

Summary

You should have a great time making pizza for your dog, which you both can eat together. You’ll love making healthy food that you can both enjoy. Your dog will enjoy getting to spend time with you as well as the special treat. The best pizza recipes that dogs and humans can eat together aren’t just yummy, but are packed with nutritional benefits for both you and your dog. Remember to play it safe and stick to ingredients that are good for your dog. Take it slowly, only giving your dog small portions at a time, and you’ll both be enjoying creative pizza recipes for years to come. 

Coral Dawn Drake

My fiance, Justin, and I live with our two little dogs, Sofie and Lisa, and three chickens in Gainesville, Florida. Justin and I are homebodies who occasionally enjoy a good adventure. I love living in Gainesville, and I love Florida. I can’t imagine anywhere more beautiful or strange than this hot, marshy place where people are guaranteed to be nothing other than themselves. Justin is always reminding me to relax. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m always busy. Making art or editing photos, digging in the yard or trying to grow some new moss or plant. There never seems to be enough time to do everything that I want to do. Life is so, so full and I want to plunge into every second of it.

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