Dogs love food and they love when you feed it to them out of your hand.
The minute you break out some snacks (like salt and vinegar chips) you can expect your pooch to show up at your side. Should you feed your dog salt and vinegar chips?
Ultimately, they’re not a great snack for dogs, but in very small amounts probably won’t cause a concern. You tend to run into problems when the occasional chip treat becomes a regular occurrence.
It’s not a great idea to get in the habit of feeding them salty snacks. Small amounts of human snack food usually doesn’t pose any immediate health risk.
Of course, there are always exceptions. Some dogs seem to be able to eat just about anything with no problems. Other dogs develop stomach pain or upset stomach almost immediately.
Ingredients in Salt and Vinegar Chips
In addition to the added salt and fat in your dog’s diet, salt and vinegar chips may contain other ingredients that could be harmful to dogs.
Some dogs can become quite sick after eating artificial additives (especially in large amounts). Gastrointestinal upset includes vomiting and diarrhea.
Salt and vinegar flavoring is a common ingredient in many crisps, but what’s in it? Is it going to harm your dog?
● Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
● Acetic acid (vinegar)
Note that not all salt and vinegar-flavored chips are made equally. Many of the available brands contain very few ingredients, but it is still unknown what they are.
There could be additives in there that can harm your dog. It’s best for dog owners to avoid vinegar and any salty snack that contain ingredients you aren’t familiar with.
Salt Vs. Vinegar:
Salt is sodium chloride (NaCl), one of the essential minerals for humans and animals alike, but excessive salty foods are harmful, causing high temperature, electrolyte imbalances, excessive thirst among other issues.
On the other hand, malt vinegar is good for dogs because it helps digestion and even prevents or cures yeast infections. It also contains digestive enzymes which aid your dog’s stomach by breaking down food particles.
There are cases of certain breeds (most notable dachshunds) being more sensitive to vinegar than others, so always exercise caution when giving your sour dog treats containing white vinegar.
Salt poisoning and salty snacks:
It is important to remember that salt poisoning does exist for dogs, albeit very rare. Sodium ion poisoning occurs when dogs eat large amounts of table salt (sodium chloride).
Which vinegar is better for my dog?
Vinegar is usually made from dilute acetic acid. The type of vinegar you use for cooking is usually diluted with water, which reduces its strength and therefore lowers the risk of your dog ingesting too much acetic acid.
Malt vinegar also contains gluten, so if your dog has a gluten allergy or intolerance, then this would be best avoided as well.
The Problem with Sugar
Sugar is also a potential problem as it is not good for your dog’s health, especially if we’re talking about table salt (sodium chloride).
If you can’t find any non-seasoned chips your dog likes, consider making homemade low sodium and sugar vinegar treats for your pooch instead!
Use the ‘Vinegar and Salt Chips’ recipe, below to enjoy chips with your dog without any guilt.
How To Tell If Vinegar and Salt Chips is bad for My Dog?
As we mentioned earlier, the ingredients in vinegar and salt chips are harmless for humans but bad for the diet. The same may be true for dogs. Of course, too much salt in a dog’s diet can lead to health problems.
Pet parents should be aware of the ingredients in things like salt and vinegar chips which could vary by brand. There are many types of potato chips on the market and each kind has potentially harmful ingredients for your dog.
Moderation is Key
Potato chips can be fed to some dogs in moderation. It’s not a good habit to get into, however. The added fat and salt can give your dog stomach problems. Potato chips (including salt and vinegar) are cooked in unhealthy oils. In addition, they tend to have a lot of added artificial ingredients.
Consider the following health risks to your dog when feeding snack food:
Dogs with pancreatitis are at particularly high risk. Avoid giving your dog anything with high levels of fat in them.
Digestive problems could include:
- stomach pain
Dogs don’t require nearly as many calories as humans do. If you’re feeding small dogs things like potato chips, you’ll quickly top the calorie scale. A dog’s diet should consist of nutritionally balanced meals and maybe the occasional healthy treat.
The added calories from things like potato chips can easily lead to obesity in dogs. Obesity, sadly, can leave a dog with serious health problems including:
- heart disease
- joint pain
- and more
Salt Poisoning Risk in Dogs
According to the National Research Council of the National Academies, the average 33 pound adult dog should only have 200 mg of salt per day.
A very small (1 ounce) bag of chips has a whopping 170 mg of salt. Those small bags have about 50 chips. If your dog were to accidentally eat a full bag of chips, there is a chance that he/she could develop symptoms of salt poisoning.
Signs of Salt Poisoning in Dogs
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of coordination
- Fluid accumulation in tissues and organs
- Swelling of the brain
The risk of salt poisoning (and the degree to which it occurs) may be related to the size of the dog and any underlying conditions/medications.
Salt poisoning in dogs is a medical emergency that requires veterinarian attention. If you believe your dog has eaten a large amount of chips for his/her size, be sure to offer lots of water. Watch for signs of toxicity as mentioned above.
The fat content in potato chips can cause digestive upset leading to diarrhea.
A Few Things To Do In Case Your Dog Eats Too Many Chips:
Suppose your dog eats too many chips—or any other salty treats for that matter! —and you’re worried he might get gastrointestinal upset, then there are a few things you can do:
● Make sure to give him plenty of water to drink. Dogs need lots of water because all the salt they eat causes dehydration. Check with your vet if the symptoms of dehydration will pass after a few hours or if you need to bring him in.
● Call your vet right away for help. The negative reaction of an overdose of vinegar and salt chips are digestive system issues causing Vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, and nausea. If he has any of these symptoms, it’s best to call your vet.
● Take note of how many chips your dog ate. If you know the number of sweet potato chips he had, then your vet will be able to tell if that amount is toxic or not.
Homemade Options as Substitutes for Vinegar and Salt Chips:
If you don’t want to give your dog chips, then there are a lot of other salty treats you can give him. Here are some options:
Some dogs will love chicken broth on its own, while others may have it with dry kibble. The broth mustn’t be too salty to avoid stomach upsets.
There is a reason why we give dogs salmon oil supplements —because it’s good for their skin and coat! Dogs will love the taste of raw or cooked salmon, but you may want to avoid giving him too much as it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which can be toxic if ingested in large amounts.
Corn on the cob:
Dogs will love eating corn off the cob, as it is a delicious and natural treatment that you can give your dog as often as you want. It’s one of those healthy snacks that don’t have any harmful side effects, so feel free to give it to him whenever he needs some crunchy food!
Canned green beans:
If you give your dog canned green beans, it’s like giving him some nutritious vegetables. You can also mix them with onion powder and regular kibbles for added crunch and taste!
Pork cracklings are just like potato chips, but they’re made out of pork skin instead. It’s a crunchy snack that you can also crumble over your dog’s kibbles to give it ssalt ome extra taste! Serve in moderation.
Chop up some carrots into small pieces, then give them to him for an extra crunchy treat. Carrots provide added vitamins and fiber for your dog
Vinegar and salt chips are human food, not dog food. It can be toxic to your dog if he eats too much of these junk food and salty treats—or any other kind of salty food, for that matter!
If your dog eats too much vinegar and salt chips, then there is a way to help him not get sick: Make sure that he drinks plenty of water and call your vet immediately.