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No, dogs cannot eat Rice Krispies. Eating these in moderation, such as for treats and snacks, is fine, but Rice Krispies are not recommended as meal replacements. They contain ingredients that can harm your dog if consumed in large quantities.

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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 Beneficial when cooked
Nutritional Issues High in fiber, protein, vitamin K, iron, and other minerals
Safe Amount 5-10g per day
Poisoning Symptoms Dehydration, weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Rice Krispies Ingredients

  • Rice – This is the primary ingredient in these treats as the rice is ground into a paste and mixed with other ingredients. Rice is relatively safe for dogs and is even added to commercial dog foods.
  • Gluten – The flavoring added in Rice Krispies contains gluten, which can harm dogs since some are intolerant to it.
  • Sugar – Rice Krispies contain tons of sugar, so if consumed in large quantities, it can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, diabetes, etc.
  • Salt – 30g of Rice Krispies contains 0.7g of salt, which is an intolerable amount for dogs. This is why small amounts of Rice Krispies are good for dogs.

How Much Rice Krispies Is Bad for Dogs?

Rice Krispies should only be provided to dogs in moderate amounts and as occasional treats. Generally speaking, dogs can consume about 5-10g of these treats daily. If you give your dog Rice Krispies for the first time, be sure to give them a small amount and monitor their health or opt for gluten-free Rice Krispies.

Signs a Dog Has Eaten Too Many Rice Krispies

There are a few general symptoms you should watch out for that indicate your dog has consumed an excessive amount of these treats:

  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach inflammation
  • Restlessness

Actions to Take If a Dog Eats Too Many Rice Krispies

If your dog has eaten too many Rice Krispies and exhibits the aforementioned symptoms, take them to the vet immediately. Your dog requires medical attention and it’s best to contact a vet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, they cannot because marshmallows contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs, even if you give them in moderation.

  • Coco puffs, lucky charms, and fruit loops should be avoided at all costs for dogs.

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.