Can dogs eat ramen noodles? Yes, but skip the flavor packet!

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  April 28, 2021

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Ramen noodles are the go-to for many people, especially when you are on the run, when out for a hike or when you’re just not in the mood for cooking.

Perhaps you are cooking your ramen and you look down, only to see your four-legged friend standing there with those puppy eyes you struggle to say no to.

While there are homemade ramen noodles, you are probably here because you are wondering if you can give your dog those pre-packaged ramen noodles that come with a little flavor pack.

Can dogs eat ramen noodles? Yes, but skip the flavor packet!

The question is – can dogs eat ramen noodles? The quick answer is yes, as long as it is only an occasional treat and cooked without the flavor packet.

Noodles are pasta, and not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when talking about dog-friendly foods, but pasta is one of those things that isn’t necessarily bad or good.

Ramen noodles are high in calories and contain plenty of carbs along with preservatives, but the occasional noodle won’t hurt your pooch.

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Ramen noodles won’t harm your dog

There is no good reason to feed your dog ramen noodles, that’s a fact, as they contain little to no nutrients beneficial to dogs, but it is unlikely to harm your dog if you absolutely feel the need to give them the occasional noodle.

Home-cooked ramen noodles are always going to be healthier, both for dogs and humans, and the fewer preservatives the noodles have, the less harmful they will be for your dog.

Nothing bad will happen if you come home to find your dog ate a pack of ramen noodles, or if you decided to feed them a little, but it shouldn’t be made a regular thing.

Watch out for the flavor pack though

The issue with the little flavor pack that comes with instant ramen noodles is that it often contains onion and garlic.

Onion and garlic are known to be bad for dogs, especially in larger amounts, and should be avoided when possible.

If you want to give your dog a special treat, fish out some of the cooked noodles before you add the flavor pack, and that way you can both enjoy some delicious ramen noodles without putting your dog at risk.

In the case of your dog snatching a noodle pack and consuming the flavor pack as well, you might want to contact your veterinarian for advice.

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It’s a treat, not a dietary staple

Ramen noodles should never be used to replace a nutritious meal for a dog, as dogs need nutrients that aren’t found in ramen noodles.

Instead, if you absolutely have to, use ramen noodles as occasional treats, but remember that treats should only make up about 10% of a dog’s daily food intake.

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How about puppies and ramen?

As a general rule, you want to be more careful with what you give a puppy, and this includes ramen noodles. The reason is not that it is dangerous (it isn’t), but because puppies are known to have very sensitive stomachs.

You wouldn’t want to give your puppy a tummy ache or diarrhea, so perhaps it is best to stick to only a couple of noodles if you want to give your furry friend a taste.

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Conclusion

While ramen noodles should be fed in moderation, they are considered reasonably safe for dogs.

Make sure to feed homemade noodles or instant noodles without the flavor pack added, and refrain from replacing whole dog meals with ramen noodles.

Dogs need nutrition which ramen noodles cannot provide.

The next time your dog gives you the puppy eyes as you are preparing your ramen noodles (or just before they expire) – dangle one in front of your pup’s face to see what he (or she) does!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.