You may occasionally offer your dog saltine cracker while enjoying it with your tea, but it is not healthy for your furry pet to eat. Let’s understand in more depth why Saltine Crackers are not good food for your four-legged pet:
Can dogs eat saltine crackers?
Saltine crackers are soda crackers with the high calcium content. The main ingredient in them is all-purpose flour, yeast, baking soda, and salt. There is also an unsalted variant of crakers available in the market; saltine crackers have coarse salt sprinkled above these unsalted-crackers.
Along with you, your paw friend will also like to munch on it, and you might be offering him it most of the time while you are enjoying them. But this is the last thing you want to do.
Eating saltine crackers more often can make your poor dog severely sick, with tummy aches and constant vomiting; you will regret every time you let your dog eat those crakers.
Why are saltine crackers dangerous for your dog?
Any 100g of a saltine cracker available in the market consist of 941mg of sodium. This extensive quantity of calcium in saltine crakers makes them remarkably dangerous for your fellow pet. The calcium concentration in any salted-cracker is much more than an average-sized dog can consume.
Other than this, salt makes this snack even more dangerous; as every pet owner knows, too much salt is deemed to be toxic for their pet. It can cause salt posing in your dog. Every 100g of saltine crackers contains:
- Protein: 9.46g
- Fat: 8.64g
- Carbohydrates: 74.05g
- Sodium: 941mg
Because of all these drawbacks of saltine crackers, every vet highly recommends never to feed such sodium-rich snacks to puppies. Well, they are also better without them for adult dogs, but still, if you cannot stand them staring at you while you are snacking on these crackers, you can treat them with one or two pieces occasionally.
What to do if your dog has already consumed a lot of saltine crackers?
Consuming only a few saltine crackers is fine; you don’t need to panic yourself for this all day long. But the concern is when they have consumed more than that, it can cause:
- DEHYDRATION: Because of the higher sodium percentage in your dog’s body, they will start feeling thirsty more often. You can notice their dehydration by them panting, fainting, or facing other breathing complications.
- SALT POISONING: It is a severe health hazard. Salt posing in most extreme cases can lead to death. Therefore you don’t want to waste any time and take your pet to the vet as soon as you notice salt poisoning.
Other than this, consuming a lot of saltine crackers can cause stomach ache, vomiting, lack of energy, loss of appetite, and muscle spasm. So, do not ignore the symptoms and do visit the vet as a responsible dog owner.
So, after all this discussion, the conclusion is you can treat your dog with saltine crackers sometimes, but it is risky, so what is the need to taking the risk. You can offer fruits like watermelon, carrots, and apples instead that will be nutritious as well as safe for your pet.