Lumpia is a sort of spring or egg roll that originated in China but is now popular in the Philippines. Lumpia is commonly deep-fried or served raw. The fillings are made up of meat, vegetables, and other seasonings. Its wrappers are often composed of lettuce or crepe-like wheat wrappers, with gluten-free lumpia wrappers made of rice.
Lumpia has spread beyond the Philippines and into the United States, and most of us can’t get enough of this delectable food. We can buy ready-made versions to fry or cook them from scratch at home. However, if you have a dog at home, you may worry if it is okay to give them some of your lumpia. Here is all we know…
Can Dogs Eat Lumpia?
Dogs should not be eating lumpia as it is not healthy for them because of its high-fat content and the spice and veggies like onions used in making it, which can be toxic to dogs.
There may not be an immediate negative impact on your dog, but don’t forget that your dog’s daily fat needs are supplied by its quality kibble. Introducing more fat in the form of deep-fried lumpia will only lead to fat buildup over time.
However, lumpia made of meats like pork, chicken, shrimp, etc., and vegetable wrappers without onions and harmful spices or being deep-fried can be safely consumed by your dog and even provide nutrients.
Can Dogs Eat Lumpia Wrapper?
If your dog is not allergic to grains, they could safely consume wrappers made from rice, wheat, and the like. However, a dog allergic to grains will display symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Using lettuce or other dog-safe veggies as wrappers will eliminate any possibility of problems if you decide to make some lumpia for your dog.
Is Lumpia Good For Dogs?
Lumpia contains ingredients that could offer nutritional value to dogs, but the preparation methods and entire ingredients may not be safe for your dog over time.
While there are lots of human-safe spices used in the lumpia rolls (depending on the recipe) that make them delicious, your dog’s digestive system may not tolerate these spices, and they will have stomach issues.
The majority of sauces that accompany the lumpia are not safe for dogs, like the creamy pineapple lime, ketchup which usually contains xylitol, soy sauce that has a high sodium content, the cabernet peppercorn dipping sauce, and the roasted garlic Caesar dipping sauce. If you must give your dog some lumpia, ensure it isn’t accompanied by any of these sauces.
Allergies and Sensitivities
Lumpia often contains ingredients like wheat (found in wrappers), soy, or other allergenic grains. Dogs can develop allergies to these ingredients, leading to symptoms like itching, skin inflammation, digestive issues, or ear infections.
The majority of lumpia recipes require you to fry them, and fried foods are not good for dogs; they place your dog at risk of developing pancreatitis. In some cases, by feeding your dog fried foods like lumpia constantly, they may also develop a hunched posture, a painful abdomen, low energy, and a general illness.
To ensure your dog’s safety, ensure they only eat steamed, baked, or boiled foods.
Onions and Garlic
Both garlic and onions belong to the Allium family and contain compounds that can be toxic to dogs. These compounds can cause damage to red blood cells, leading to hemolytic anemia. Even small amounts of garlic or onions can be harmful, and the effects may not be immediately apparent.
Is lumpia wrapper good for dogs?
Lumpia wrapper are made of rice or wheat flour which are both safe got dogs in little amounts. Lumpia wrappers may only be a source of carbs, and they lack any significant nutrients for dogs.
How much lumpia should I give my dog?
While it’s understandable that you might want to share a treat with your dog, it’s important to approach feeding human food to dogs with caution. Lumpia, like many human foods, may contain ingredients that can be harmful or difficult for dogs to digest.
If you must give your dog lumpia, it has to be free of onions and garlic, other spices not safe for dogs, and sauces that contain ingredients toxic to dogs. If the ingredients are safe, you can cook and wrap them with lettuce and give 1-2 rolls at a time. Don’t forget, it is a treat and shouldn’t replace their quality kibbles.
I usually make mine with peanut butter sauce, and you can find it below:
Lumpia Recipe Safe For Dog
This recipe is a more healthy version that consists of proteins and veggies your dog would love, we buffed up the creativity by adding some peanut butter, and we all know how our dogs go crazy for those.
These ingredients can make you two servings, provide 1160 calories for your dog, and can be prepared in just 15 minutes.
- 1/4 cup torn organic romaine lettuce
- 1/4 cup organic, shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup organic, all-natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons. organic parsley
- 2 tablespoons. filtered water
- 2 sheets of rice paper or lettuce
- 1/4 cup organic shredded red cabbage
- Use a food processor to mix distilled water and dog-safe peanut butter until it has the consistency of a sauce. (In the absence of a food processor, you can make use of a whisk and bowl.)
- Get a bowl of warm water.
- Get your lettuce ready, or you can soak a sheet of rice paper in warm water for 10–15 seconds. This should make it stretchy and soft.
- Lay your lettuce or rice paper on a clean surface (countertops or cutting board).
- Slightly below the center of the rice paper or lettuce, in a horizontal line, begin to place the ingredients.
- Fold the wrapper upwards from the bottom over the ingredients. Roll into a cylinder shape.
- Split into halves, douse with the peanut butter sauce, and serve with some horchata!
Lumpia would have been a great treat for dogs, had it not been deep-fried and no onions or harmful spices had been used in it. Lumpia could provide some health benefits for your dog just as it could pose a health risk, and the best way to avoid this is to make the treat yourself so you can eliminate harmful ingredients and still give your dog a mouth-watering treat.