Can dogs eat crisps?

It’s a Saturday night, you’re relaxing on your sofa with your furry family, bowl of crisps in hand.  It’s only natural to want to share the joy with all your loved ones! But, before you do you may need to ask yourself ‘can dogs eat crisps’?

I’m sure you know by now that crisps are a tasty treat for humans in moderation, and as far as dogs are concerned you should approach crisps with a certain amount of caution.  Feeding one crisp to a dog might not do too much harm, but regularly snacking on them should be avoided.

Why crisps are bad for dogs

The first concern should be the salt content in crisps.  Dogs shouldn’t eat crisps for this main reason. Vets suggest that an average dog of 15kg should eat around 200mg per day of salt.  An average packet of crisps can contain up to 500mg of salt - see the problem?

Eating crisps can therefore cause Sodium poisoning in your dog.  If your dog has eaten a significant amount of crisps we suggest contacting your vet immediately for some assistance.  Look out for symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, increased drinking or seizures.  The PDSA has some useful information here.

Don’t get us wrong, in moderation sodium is a healthy mineral, and required by dogs to keep their cells and system working in a healthy way.  Crisps shouldn’t be your dog’s source of sodium though. Most dog foods, ours included, contain a small amount of Sodium and this should be your dogs primary method of getting this mineral.

Is the fat content in crisps bad too?

The short answer is yes.  A lot of UK dogs suffer from obesity, and the greatly increased levels of fat in crisps affect your dogs even more than humans.  We have a much higher body mass to balance the fat content of crisps. Dogs being smaller, will struggle with this more than us.

Crisps can be bad for mouth and gums

The sharp edges on crisps can cause damage to your dogs mouth and gums too.  Over eager munching can cause the edges to hurt or cut their mouth. And this can lead to discomfort for your furry friend.

Are potatoes bad for dogs then?

Potatoes aren’t a bad ingredient for dogs but we’d avoid feeding them raw.  Raw potatoes can cause gastrointestinal issues in dogs. We use cooked white potatoes and sweet potatoes in some of our grain free foods as a valuable source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Can dogs eat other kinds of crisps such as tortilla chips or vegetable crisps?

For the reasons we’ve already outlined we feel that these types of crisps are best avoided.  Salt and fat content are again going to be problematic. Tortilla chips are also made from corn, and this is one of the main ingredients that can cause allergy issues in dogs.

Can dogs eat cheese and onion crisps or salt and vinegar crisps?

Nice try!  They might be your favourite flavours of crisps but dogs should avoid eating all varieties of crisps.  Crisps are OK in moderation if you’re a human, but cheese and onion or salt and vinegar crisps aren’t a healthy snack for your dog.

Is there a crisp alternative for dogs?

It might sound a little boring to those of us that love a good salty crisp, but there are a few alternatives your dog might love as much.  You can try slicing some apples or carrots into thin crisps. Not only are these much healthier, but dogs also find them really palatable. They also have the added benefit of providing the crunch sensation that can add an extra dimension to your dog’s treat time!

We offer some healthy dog treats if you’d prefer a specific treat designed for dogs.  They’re tasty and can help in a number of ways.

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