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Yes, Ritz crackers are safe to eat for dogs. However, it is essential to ensure that they are plain crackers, and the less salt and fat the better. The crackers should not have extra seasoning since certain spices can be toxic for your dog.

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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 Safe to consume in moderation
Nutritional Value None
Potential Risks Salt poisoning, upset stomach, pancreatitis
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Are Ritz Crackers Good for Dogs?

While it is safe for your dogs to eat Ritz crackers, you must know that they contain little to no nutritional value. Dogs require a good diet to stay healthy, active, and fit. You may give your pup a few Ritz crackers as a treat or snack, but by no means are they a substitute for their regular dog food.

How Much Ritz Crackers Are Good for Dogs?

Generally, 1 – 2 plain Ritz crackers in a single day is safe for small dogs, however every dog is different. If you plan on making this a regular treat, contact your vet. If your dog has eaten more than a couple crackers and is experiencing symptoms or unusual behavior, please contact your vet.

What Harm Can Ritz Crackers Cause a Dog?

Since Ritz crackers contain high levels of sodium, consumption can result in salt poisoning, which can be quite a big health risk for dogs.

Furthermore, Ritz crackers have carbohydrates and a high-fat content which can disturb your canine’s daily calorie count since they already get the necessary fatty nutrients from their regular meal. Sixteen grams of Ritz crackers contain 80 calories, half of which are from the fat content.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs can safely consume plain crackers with low sodium and low-fat content. They can also consume animal-friendly crackers made especially for dogs who love a crunchy snack.

  • You can feed your dog about 1 or 2 crackers but ensure that your canine has a healthy and balanced diet from which they get their main nutrition.

  • If a dog eats too many crackers, it may get salt poisoning. Some symptoms to look out for are excessive urination and thirst, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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.