Many people ask if dogs can eat hot chips, or whether it is safe for your dog to taste some type of food that is slightly warmer than what most people are used to eating. The answer to this question seems obvious! Of course your dog can eat foods that are warm!
However, there are instances where heated salty food is not appropriate for your dog. This article will talk about why this happens and how to prevent it from happening again in future. We will also go into detail about the types of foods that are not recommended for your dog.
I hope you learn something new today! 🙂
Does my dog need veterinary care due to hot potato snacks?
If your dog starts acting sick or has symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea or weight loss, then unfortunately he/she may require medical attention.
Make sure to take your dog to the vet immediately so that they can determine the cause of the illness. It is very important to rule out other potential causes before coming up with the exact diagnosis.
It is always best to come prepared; have all of your paperwork ready and know who to call for help.
They may get sick
Many dog owners like to give their dogs hot chips as an occasional treat. This is typically done in two situations, either when the owner does not have enough food for his or her dog, or because the dogs eating habits are just really annoying!
Giving your dog hot chips can be fun if you make sure they are only served one at a time and that they do not eat too many of them.
They may taste good to your dog, but unfortunately they are not healthy for him. Besides being high in calories, hot potatoes also contain significant amounts of carbohydrates which dogs need to feed them.
These carbs are converted into glucose which is stored instead of being used immediately. Glucose that is stored is saved for use in times of hunger so it is important to limit how much sugar your dog has.
This could potentially lead to obesity since obese dogs tend to eat more than hungry ones. In fact, some experts say that it is possible to tell whether or not a dog is overweight by looking at how eagerly he eats.
They may make your house smell
While most dogs are not able to eat hot chips, there is one breed that can! The Chinese Crested Dog was bred for beauty and this does not go unnoticed. These puppies are often fan favorites due to their cute appearance and social nature.
However, since these dogs were designed to drink large amounts of water they have special membranes in their stomachs that help process liquids. This also helps them digest food more quickly which makes it possible for them to ingest heated foods like potatoes or rice cakes that other breeds cannot consume.
Since these dogs’ natural instincts take over when they want to drink lots of liquid, many believe eating wet food is what gives them the taste for liquids. Due to this, some sellers market dry kibble as being healthier than cooked diets.
While this is true to an extent, it is still very high in carbohydrates and calories. Since these dogs already have enough vitamins and minerals, adding extra sources of nutrition can be harmful if done too frequently.
They may make your kids laugh
While hot chips are not recommended for dogs, they are wrong! Almost every major dog organization does not recommend eating hot chips as a treat or snack for dogs.
Dogs do not like salty foods and too much salt can be harmful to their health. Overfeeding is one of the biggest causes of weight gain in animals and humans. When dogs eat too many salty snacks, it could contribute to obesity.
Some people believe that boiling potatoes makes them more nutritious for dogs. However, this theory has been disproven because once cooked, the nutrients in the potato disappear. The glucose and starch in the potato will become rapidly metabolized, leaving no nutritional value in the food for the dog.
If you feel compelled to give your dog some kind of salty chip-type junk food, then opt for plain baked ones with no added flavors.
They may make you feel guilty
Many people question if dogs can eat hot chips. This is not only because they think that eating raw meat is gross, but also due to the potential health risk.
Some individuals believe that heated food could potentially hurt your dog’s stomach or even cause them to choke on the chip.
However, this isn’t true!
Dogs are not related to us so they do not have human digestive systems. Their bodies work differently than ours which means their digestion processes are different as well.
Dog owners usually notice when their canine companion has eaten an unheated food item because they smell it and/or see vomit coming out of their mouth. When this happens, they assume that the dog had enough time to digest the food before experiencing these symptoms.
But what about those delicious, salty chips? Well, according to most experts we spoke with, yes, they’re totally safe for your pooch.
They may make your partner mad
As we mentioned before, dogs are not bred to eat hot chips! Most dog foods are very high in carbohydrates which makes them hungry and then they will try to chow down some salty food like hot chips or pretzels.
When you feed your dog these types of snacks, he will probably taste one or two and then look at you with his puppy eyes as if to say “help me”.
He might even drop the chip or pretzel and then try to lick it off the floor or take a sneaky bite. This can really irritate your roommate or friend that supplied the snack!
If your canine companion is constantly looking for something to eat that contains carbs, there are several natural ways to help prevent this behavior from happening.
They may not digest enough nutrients
Most dogs are bred to love eating meat, but some owners get carried away and offer their dog too much red food or salty snacks. This can be a problem for your dog if you want her to thrive and live a healthy life.
Dogs that eat too many carbs will stop getting necessary vitamins and minerals needed to work properly. These include things such as vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium.
Some of these foods can become toxic when eaten in large quantities, so your dog might experience symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, muscle weakness, and more.
This is especially true if your dog is exposed to high levels of glucose (sugar) while drinking water.
They may damage their teeth
Even though hot chips are not food for dogs, they can be too hard for them to eat. If your dog is struggling to get down a chip or several chips, it should be noted that they are very salty!
The amount of salt in each batch of potato chip varies depending on what kind of flavor they have added to it. The average one-pound bag of plain white potato chips has around 1,000 mg of sodium per pound!
This amount of sodium could potentially hurt your dog’s health and cause kidney problems long term unless they are exposed to enough water to help flush out the excess. More serious conditions such as cardiac issues and hyperthyroidism can also be affected by high levels of salt intake.
If you find that your dog is having trouble eating any chips, we recommend limiting the number of snacks he/she receives until they seem more receptive to foods.
They may damage your wallet
Most people know that dogs are not meant to be fed hot chips, but some seem to forget this rule when times get tough.
When puppies or older dogs are given leftover food, sometimes there is leftover meat in the form of steak, chicken, hamburger, or pork chop. This can contain bits of bone or fat which most dogs cannot digest.
These leftover foods may also contain carbohydrates or salt which can make the dog feel sick. If you find yourself with no money for food, try giving your dog more nutritious snacks instead!
Dogs do not have enough of an enzyme needed to break down these foods so they remain in their stomachs as undigested particles. The stomach uses digestive enzymes to help process what it eats, and digestion starts with saliva.
If the saliva is missing, then the gut does not function properly and nutrients are not absorbed into the body. Therefore, even though dogs are designed to eat raw meats, cooked meat is still off limits for them if they show signs of vomiting, diarrhea, or weight loss.