The quick answer: Not recommended. Though a small piece of a chip may not cause harm, chips are unhealthy for dogs and could cause tummy troubles.
For humans, potato chips, corn chips, and tortilla chips are a staple snack at parties and sleepovers. Their delicious, addictive flavors are irresistible to people of all ages. Sadly, for dogs, chips bring nothing but trouble. If you want your dog to have a happy, full life, you should never feed him chips, even as a “sometimes” treat on special occasions.
Because chips are frequently referred to as junk food, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that they offer no health benefits to your dog.
Chips are usually covered with a significant amount of salt, which is a dangerous ingredient for animals. If they consume too much salt, they could suffer from salt poisoning. Muscle spasms, diarrhea, seizures, vomiting, stomach pain, insatiable thirst, and nausea are just a few symptoms of salt poisoning. In severe cases, it could cost your pet his life.
Calories are another problem. Chips are made up of mostly carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, neither of which offer any nutritional benefits to your dog. Because of this, chips are high in calories, and consuming too many can lead to canine obesity, putting your dog at risk for cancer, kidney disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other problems. For the sake of your dog’s safety and well-being, it’s crucial that you avoid feeding him chips.
The powders and spices used to add flavoring to chips are another hazard. Many of these powders contain ingredients considered toxic to dogs like garlic and onions. At the very least your pet may experience stomach discomfort, but the consequences could be worse.
When you spoil your dog with unhealthy snacks, they may refuse to eat anything else, depriving them of the vitamins and nutrients they need.
No matter what, don’t give in to their begging. Show your dog you love him by feeding him the best.
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