Most humans have a hard time resisting Junk food and our craving is rarely ever time-bound. We might crave some potato chips when on a picnic or some Cheetos while seeing a movie. While excess consumption of these tasty treats is detrimental to human health and most people find it difficult to stop nibbling on snacks throughout the day, our furry best friends need to follow a more restricted feeding program. But today we are discussing dogs that can dogs eat doritos?
No, Dogs cannot have Doritos as a food, But yes, they can taste this food high in salt and fat on the occasional basis, it contains nacho cheese & flavors, garlic, and onion powders that make it toxic for dogs. Simultaneously, lactose in the Doritos can upset dog’s stomach if they have any sensitivity to dairy.
We are interested in providing valuable information for your pet’s health by telling you the types of food they may or may not indulge in. This article would keep you informed on the dangers of Doritos and the health problems it can cause in your dog.
The Story Behind Dogs Love For Doritos
Doritos is one of America’s most renowned brands producing the popular Doritos tortilla chips. Over the years, numerous flavors of this snack have been created with each flavor surpassing the former in savory smell. This has indeed made this junk food snack irresistible to both humans and pup alike.
Although dogs can eat Doritos, it doesn’t mean they should. Garlic and onion powders are among the constituents of the Cool Ranch and Nacho flavored Doritos and when combined with the high amount of salt and fat that Doritos are famous for, makes for a poisonous meal for dogs.
Doritos also have a high lactose amount, and dogs with dairy sensitivity could get a stomach upset from consuming these.
We haven’t even considered spicing the treat with hot sauce or other ingredients that are guaranteed to give your dog stomach troubles. So, when presented with the question of feeding your dog this bag of treats, the answer is a big NO.
Don’t feed your pet something that would cause them to pain eventually. Doritos are chocked full of chemicals, spices, and unnatural flavors that are very unhealthy for dogs. They are also basically made by processing corn; which is another food item that is not safe for dogs to consume.
Salt Poisoning: The Dog Nemesis
Dogs do not process salt in their stomachs nearly as efficiently as humans do. Consequently, salt poisoning is one of the greatest toxicity risks you would be concerned with when your dog gets into an unattended bag of chips.
Studies by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) have shown that on average, a 33-pound dog should be allowed to consume no more than 14g of fat and 200 mg of salt per day. For comparison, 1 oz (28g or about 12 chips) contains 210mg of sodium and 8g of fat per serving. This puts Doritos salt content well above the recommended daily intake level and puts your dog at a high risk of salt poisoning.
Salt poisoning has numerous dire consequences some of which include abnormal fluid accumulation, difficulties with urination, possible kidney injury or diabetes, and in some cases, death. Here are some of the symptoms of salt poisoning in dogs you should be aware of:
If your dog helps himself to a bag of Doritos infrequently, he will not likely experience adverse health problems but probably some digestive difficulties that will abate after some time. However, regular consumption could cause your dog to suffer and put his health at risk.
These symptoms could manifest in a little while after heavy consumption of chips especially those varieties with onion or garlic flavoring. Make sure to take your pet to a trusted veterinarian as soon as you notice one or more of these symptoms and if they get worse over time.
Are All Human Foods Are Dog-Friendly Foods?
Experts from the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) have compiled a list of human foods that mustn’t be fed to pets due to their toxicity. In addition to Salt and Salty Snack Foods, this list includes Alcohol, Apple Seeds, Avocado, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine, Candy, Chewing gum, Toothpaste & Mouthwash, Cat food, Citrus, Coconut and Coconut Oil, Corn on the Cob, Fat Trimmings, Grapes and Raisins, Hops, Human Vitamins, Liver, Macadamia Nuts, Marijuana, Milk and Dairy, Nuts, Onion and Chives, Peppers, Persimmon, Peaches & Plum Pits, Garlic, Chives, Raw/Undercooked Meat & Fish, Eggs, Raw bones, Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves, Sugar, Tobacco, Xylitol and Yeast Dough.
Consuming these foods could result in any one or a combination of the following vomiting, hyperactivity, central nervous system depression, loose stools, weakness, abnormal blood acidity, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, coma, decreased coordination, abnormal heart rhythm, hyperthermia, skin problems, choking, sodium ion poisoning, kidney failure, tremors, panting, seizures, thirst and urination, and even death.
Luckily, your pet doesn’t ingest any of these foods, but in the unlikely events that they pet does or in an emergency, you can contact your veterinarian or a toxicology specialist from:
- The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435
- The North Shore America / ASPCA Hotline 1-888-232-8870
- The Pet Poison Helpline 1-855-764-7661
Do note that you’d be asked to provide the medical history of the dog and other information like its weight, age, substance consumed, time of the incident, and the symptoms you notice for the specialist to give a diagnosis of the situation. What comes after would be dependent on the nature of the food consumed.
If you want to feed your dog a food that isn’t on our list and you are uncertain about the effect it might have on your pet, you should do some research beforehand. Call your vet promptly if you have any worries about something your pet consumed.
Human Foods That Are Dog-Friendly
We have put together a list of human foods that can be fed to dogs. It should however be pointed out that, while these foods are safe for consumption, they should be consumed moderately. These foods include:
- Cooked Eggs
- Fruits (apple slices, bananas, cantaloupe, cranberries, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, watermelon, pears, peaches, and oranges)
- Lean Meat
- White Rice
- Vegetables (sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, celery, peas, Brussels sprouts, green beans, cucumber, and carrots).
Better Treat Alternatives
It is almost next to impossible to deny an adorable pup and man’s best friend a special treat when they beg for one. For this reason, you may want to consider alternatives and healthy snacks you can share with your dog.
If your pet likes to snack when you do, then you may want to try feeding him a suitable dog treat while you eat your Doritos. This is a double win situation, as your dog feels satiated while you enjoy your bag of chips as you both share an experience.
It is advised that you keep a treat as simply that – a treat; only to be given on special occasions. This way, your pet associates treat with reward and bonding time with you.
Dog snack brands are also known to offer products that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Your dog stands to gain more from consuming these snacks than eating a Dorito or 12. You can bait and trick your dog into eating these healthier snacks by showing them the Dorito in one hand and feeding them the healthy dog treat from the other hand.
Our pets rarely ever pick up on the difference!
Tips for Owners of Snack-Loving Dogs
- Keep trash containers properly covered at all times to prevent dogs from eating harmful items.
- Keep snacks out of the dog’s reach.
- Salt is harmful to your dog’s health.
- Remember that table food isn’t always good dog food – cultivate the habit of feeding your dog only dog food.
- Ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight and avoid overfeeding them.
Many human foods are not healthy for dogs, especially snack foods and some can even be poisonous to them. You shouldn’t feed your pet dog even small amounts of Doritos – it is a reflection of poor choice and promotes bad feeding habits, howbeit infrequent. We know you love your dog and want it to have its share of life’s joy, and we are committed to getting you there.
Follow the information in this guide and help your pet dog live life to its fullest. Start today!