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Can Dogs Eat Lumpia? Is Lumpia Good For Dogs?

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When it comes to feeding human foods to dogs, a lot of considerations have to be made. Not all foods we consume are safe for dogs. So, can dogs eat lumpia?

What Is Lumpia?

Lumpiang or Lumpia are types of spring or egg rolls whose origins are tied to China but have become a commonly eaten snack in the Philippines, Indonesia, and even some parts of the U.S.

The way lumpia is prepared varies from one region to another, but basically, lumpia is made of veggies, spice, and meats rolled up in a crepe-like rice or wheat wrapper (and sometimes, lettuce for a more healthy version) and then deep-fried and then served with dipping sauces such as sweet and sour sauce, or sweet chili sauce.

There are different versions of these snacks like the lumpiang hubád, translated as “naked spring roll” which is a Filipino cuisine. It features fresh ingredients and also ditches the rice, egg, or wheat wrappers. We also have the banana lumpia or turon which contains jackfruit and slices of plantain, fried and used with brown sugar. There are over 10  variations of lumpia.

A typical difference between lumpia and egg rolls is that egg rolls are just a term for Americans to describe anything wrapped with an egg, rice, or wheat wrapper. So, you could wrap peanut butter and veggies and yet call the egg roll. However, lumpia usually have the same base ingredients, a smaller size, and a savory taste.

Can Dogs Eat Lumpia?

Dogs can have some lumpia (fresh lumpia, with lettuce wraps preferably), but you have to ensure no onions are in the rolls. A typical lumpia contains pork, beef, shrimp, or chicken which is a great source of protein for dogs, and veggies like carrots, green beans, cabbage, bean sprouts, jicama, and bamboo shoots which are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals for dogs.

However, deep-fried lumpia are not good for dogs because the wrapper of the lumpia tends to soak up oil when fried, and generally fried foods are not recommended for dogs. Also, in commercial lumpia, some spices that may not interact well with your dog may be used, and this could cause gastrointestinal problems for your dog.

The best kind of lumpia to give a dog is the fresh version or you can make a dog-friendly version using just ingredients that are safe for dogs.Toward the end of the article, we will provide you with a dog-friendly lumpia recipe.

Is Lumpia Good For Dogs?

A dog-friendly lumpia can pack lots of benefits for them, but traditional deep-fried lumpia may pose a few health risks for your pooch as they usually contain onions and garlic.

Here is an overview of the common ingredients used, benefirs or risk they could pose to your canine:

Sauces

There are numerous sauces used for lumpia depending on region and preference. Sauces like hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, fish sauce, spicy peanut sauce, and sweet sour sauce.

Sos sauce for example has lots of sodium content, and that could lead to sodium poisoning if it becomes a frequent treat for your dog. It is usually best not to give your dog lumpia along side these human sauces, its best to ser as it is or use peanut butter without the spice.

Onions

In most recipes, onions are usually used and onions are known to contain N-propyl disulfide which depletes red blood cells in dogs– causing anemia.

However, the onions present in a roll of lumpia may be insufficient to cause toxicity as your dog would need to consume 100 grams of onion per 40 ponds of its weight to experience toxicity. This means a 25 kg dog would need to consume a medium-to-large onion to experience severe toxicity.

It is still good to exercise caution.

Vegetables

Some of the vegetables used in lumpia like carrots, green beans, and peas, are the best vegetables for dogs according to The Spruce Pets. These vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like potassium which is important for a dog’s nerves, muscles, and kidneys. The fibers in these vegetables can also aid a proper digestive system functioning.

Wrapper

The lumpia wrappers pose almost no risks but supply insignificant vitamins and minerals. However, when fried, they could soak up oil which may not be good for your dog.

Cooking method

You all know how we enjoy our crunchy lumpia–heavenly, but that may not be so much of a good news for your dog. Fried foods can cause inflammation of the pancreas, which could make your dog’s organs produce enzymes that could damage its intestines especially if eaten constantly.

How Much Lumpia Is Okay For Dogs?

Lumpia is not a dog-specific food and should be fed to dogs with caution. However, fresh lumpia can be a rewarding treat for your dogs if you make sure to remove the onions, and limit the spices to only dog-safe spices, or remove it entirely.

Giving your pooch 1 to 2 rolls of lumpia is the ideal serving size. Ensure to cut the rolls into halves. Be very observant and discontinue if your dog shows any signs of discomfort. Also make sure it is served as an occasional treat, once a week.

Can Puppies Have Lumpia?

Puppies could have some, but it isn’t advisable. At that stage, they should be fed their quality kibble and wet foods to ensure proper development.

Can Dogs Have Lumpia? Final Thoughts

Dogs can have some lumpia, but it should be regulated to ensure they don’t get an inflamed pancreas, onion, or sodium poisoning. The best type of lumpia to give your dog is homemade lumpia which is fresh and made with dog-safe ingredients.

Cortiso Davids

My culinary adventure began at an early age when I would stand on a chair to help my mom stir pancake batter. Over the years, I've honed my skills and knowledge, drawing inspiration from family recipes, celebrated chefs, and the vibrant food cultures that make our world so diverse and fascinating.

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