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Yes, dogs can safely eat a few saltine crackers since they are not toxic. However, these crackers hold no nutritional value for dogs and are also high in sodium and carbohydrates. Therefore, eating them in excess can cause dogs several health issues in the long run.

Saltine Crackers
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety One to two crackers are safe to eat
Nutritional Value Saltine crackers do not hold nutritional value for dogs. They are high in fat, carbohydrates, and sodium, which in excess are harmful.
Potential Risks A large amount of saltine crackers can cause salt poisoning in dogs. Due to their calorie content, these crackers can also contribute to weight gain in the long run.
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 Saltine Crackers Are Safe for Dogs?

One or two saltine crackers can be given to your dog occasionally. However, due to their high salt content, it is best to switch to healthier treats for your dog.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats too Many Saltine Crackers?

If your dog eats too many saltine crackers, keep an eye out for any of these symptoms:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms all indicate the onset of sodium toxicosis, i.e., salt poisoning. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, you should contact your local veterinarian immediately.

Actions to Take If Dog Has Eaten Saltine Crackers

If your dog only ate 1 or 2 saltine crackers they should be fine. However if they ate more than a few, monitor them for symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea and if noted hav them seen immediately at the veterinarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • One or two saltine crackers are safe for your dog. However, if your dog eats a significant amount of saltines then there is an increased risk of salt poisoning. However, it is important to note that a dog would have to eat a massive amount of saltines for this to happen.

  • Saltine crackers are not toxic to dogs. However, they hold no nutritional value and come with a risk of salt poisoning. Therefore, it is best to avoid feeding your dog saltine crackers.

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About the Writer
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.