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No, dogs should not eat crackers since they have little nutritional value. While dogs can safely eat plain crackers, they are not part of a balanced diet and only contribute to weight gain. Other types of salty or sweet crackers should definitely be kept away from dogs since they can harm their health.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Plain crackers fed occasionally as a treat are safe. However, we suggest picking a healthier treat for your dog.
Nutritional Issues Crackers are complex carbohydrates and are calorically dense. This means a few crackers make up a significant portion of a dog’s daily calorie intake. Most crackers are also high in fat, sugar, and salt. All of which can lead to multiple health issues for dogs.
Potential Risks A dog eating too many crackers can lead to digestive problems. In the long run, eating too many crackers can lead to obesity, diabetes, and pancreatitis. Feeding your dog too many salty crackers can also lead to sodium toxicosis in severe cases.
Symptoms vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst, frequent urination, and loss of appetite
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Crackers Are Bad for Dogs?

The amount of crackers that are harmful to a dog varies on the dog’s size, weight, and type of crackers. It is advised to keep treats to no more than 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake as a general rule. It’s better to speak with a vet to find out how many crackers are safe for your particular dog. Generally, one or two plain crackers as an occasional treat for your dog should be fine.

What Makes Crackers Unsafe?

Crackers are lightweight but hold tons of calories, which, when fed in excess, can lead to health issues. Crackers are made from processed wheat, a carbohydrate with a high glycemic index. Feeding your dog crackers can lead to weight gain and obesity in the long run. Apart from that, commercially manufactured crackers also have a high amount of salt and sugar, which are both extremely harmful to dogs. Excess sugar for dogs can lead to issues like diabetes and pancreatitis. Too much salt can lead to sodium poisoning in dogs.

Are Some Crackers Better Than Others?

As mentioned before, some varieties of crackers are healthier for dogs than commercially manufactured ones. Popular brands of crackers like graham crackers or saltines should not be fed to dogs since they are high in calories and are also processed, which means they are unhealthy for dogs. If you want to feed your dog an occasional cracker as a treat, the best idea is to bake plain crackers yourself since they would be the safest for your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Technically, dogs can eat club crackers since they are not toxic. However, these crackers have no nutritional value and have so many calories that it is best not to feed them to your dog.

  • While you should generally avoid giving crackers to dogs, extra caution should be practiced when it comes to saltines. Their high sodium content can lead to sodium poisoning in dogs, which can even be lethal in severe cases.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.