Can dogs eat hot Cheetos?

Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos? (Everything You Need to Know)

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While your dog likely won’t get fatally sick from eating a few Hot Cheetos, you shouldn’t feed it any. Hot Cheetos contain many ingredients that aren’t good for dogs, including fat, sodium, and preservatives. Therefore, you dog may become ill or develop health problems from eating Hot Cheetos.

Have you found your dog eating some Hot Cheetos and are now worried that it will get sick? Although dogs can eat some human foods, others aren’t safe and can be dangerous, or even fatal to dogs. But are Hot Cheetos one of these dangerous items?

Understanding the health problems related to dogs eating Hot Cheetos is important if you want to keep your dog healthy. We’ll discuss why dogs shouldn’t eat Hot Cheetos and what to do if you discover that your dog has eaten some.

Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?

  While you shouldn’t feed your dog Hot Cheetos, it won’t get sick or die from having one or two. Knowing what the effects of Hot Cheetos are on your dog and how it can affect its health is essential if you want to ensure your dog is healthy. We’ll discuss if Hot Cheetos are dangerous for dogs, what can happen if your dog eats Hot Cheetos, and what healthy human snacks you can feed your dog.

Why Shouldn’t Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?

Although your dog won’t die from eating one or two Hot Cheetos, you should refrain from feeding it too many. Hot Cheetos aren’t suitable for dogs (or people), so they shouldn’t consume these chips regularly.

Dogs require a specific diet of protein and other nutrients to stay healthy and fit. Their digestive systems aren’t made for eating processed foods, such as Hot Cheetos, and it can cause harm to their liver and kidneys.

Hot Cheetos contain artificial flavors, colorants, and a lot of sodium. These ingredients aren’t suitable for dogs and don’t makeup part of their diets. Furthermore, Hot Cheetos contains more than double the fat a dog should consume per day, making it even more unhealthy for them.

Therefore, you should avoid giving your dog too many Hot Cheetos. In fact, don’t give your dog any Hot Cheetos. There are plenty of other snacks appropriate for dogs (which we will discuss later) that you can freely give your dog without any worries about its health.

Although we’ve mentioned that one or two Hot Cheetos won’t harm your dog, you may wonder if eating many Hot Cheetos can be dangerous to your dog’s health. Are Hot Cheetos dangerous for dogs, and when should you be worried about them?

Are Hot Cheetos Dangerous For Dogs?

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Hot Cheetos aren’t good for dogs. In fact, they can be very harmful to your dog if they eat too many. This is because a dog’s digestive system and body work differently from a human’s. Therefore, the ingredients in Hot Cheetos will have a different effect on your dog than on you.

Many of the ingredients in Hot Cheetos aren’t suitable for dogs. Hot Cheetos contain far too much sodium, fat, and artificial preservatives for your dog’s digestive system to handle. What’s more, Hot Cheetos contains spicy ingredients, including onion, garlic, and capsicum, to give the chips more flavor.

Dogs aren’t supposed to consume spicy foods, however, as their bodies cannot digest them, and they can burn their mouth, tongue, and throat. In addition, dogs have far fewer taste buds on their tongues than humans, making it harder to distinguish between different tastes. Therefore, they may be unable to taste spicy food and not know when to stop eating it.

Although one or two Hot Cheetos may not cause your dog any lasting damage, feeding it processed foods like Hot Cheetos regularly can lead to devastating health problems for your canine. These health problems include:

  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Failure

These aren’t harmless conditions and show that you shouldn’t feed your dog any processed human food. Most of these health problems will manifest as your dog gets older. However, you should feed it a healthy diet approved by your veterinarian from the time it is a puppy to ensure it remains healthy.

Furthermore, if your dog accidentally ingests Hot Cheetos, it may experience headaches, gastrointestinal irritation, and dehydration. These conditions may be temporary but can become serious if left untreated. Dogs can die from dehydration and gastrointestinal irritation.

The gastrointestinal irritation may be exacerbated if your dog is lactose intolerant, which many dogs are, and eats Hot Cheetos, which contain milk powder. So, what must you do if you see that your dog ate some Hot Cheetos?

What Happens If My Dog Eats Hot Cheetos?

If your dog accidentally ate a few Hot Cheetos that fell off your plate or he pulled from the counter, you don’t have to worry too much. The likelihood of your dog getting ill after eating so few Hot Cheetos are slim. If the dog gets sick from these Hot Cheetos, it will likely have diarrhea and may vomit.

However, if your dog ate more than a few Hot Cheetos, you must ask your veterinarian for their advice. In this case, your dog can get severe diarrhea, which may cause it to become dehydrated. Since extreme dehydration can lead to your dog’s death, you must monitor it after eating a lot of Hot Cheetos.

If your dog experiences severe diarrhea or starts acting unnaturally, you should take it to the vet immediately. The vet will likely give the dog some fluids and medicine to stop diarrhea and gastrointestinal irritation.

However, suppose your dog only has mild diarrhea or vomiting. In that case, you can keep it at home and monitor it carefully. As we’ve said, it’s unlikely for your dog to get fatally ill from eating a few Hot Cheetos. Furthermore, the conditions discussed above result from eating a lot of junk food over a long period.

Your dog likely won’t develop any of these health problems after eating Hot Cheetos only once. However, since many people like to share their food with man’s best friend, you may wonder if there are any healthy human snacks you can give your dog.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

What Snacks Can I Give My Dog?

Although you shouldn’t feed your dog any processed human food, there are plenty of vet-approved snacks you can feed it if you want to. Here are some human snacks that dogs can also enjoy:

  • Plain popcorn
  • White rice
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Fish
  • Poultry

As you can see, there are various human foods your dog can enjoy with you. But, overall, don’t give your dog food with too much salt or sugar, as these can be dangerous to its health. Also, stay clear of processed foods, like Hot Cheetos.

Regardless of the snacks you choose to give your dog; they shouldn’t make up the bulk of its diet. Instead, you should feed your dog a balanced diet of dog pellets or wet food and treat them with occasional snacks as you would yourself.

Final Verdict

You shouldn’t give your dog Hot Cheetos, as they are bad for the dog’s health and may lead to severe health conditions. However, if the dog ate a few Hot Cheetos by accident, it shouldn’t get too sick or die.

Monitor your dog closely and take it to the vet if you notice it becoming dehydrated or severely ill. Although you cannot feed your dog Hot Cheetos, there are plenty of human snacks you can feed your dog without a problem.

Additional Resources

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can dogs eat Hot Cheetos?

The answer to the first question is dogs can eat a small amount of Hot Cheetos and be OK, but you should not feed your dog any Hot Cheetos.

What happens if a dog eats a Cheeto?

It depends on the dog. Some dogs may be fine after eating a Cheeto, while others may experience an upset stomach or diarrhea. It is best to err on the side of caution and not give your dog Hot Cheetos if you are unsure how they will react and contact your veterinarian if you have concerns about their reaction.

Can I give my dog a hot Cheeto Puff?

Your dog will likely be OK after eating one Cheeto Puff, but it’s best not to intentionally feed your dog any kind of Cheetos.

How many Cheetos can dogs eat?

Dogs eating any Cheetos is not recommended. If your dog does get into Cheetos it will depend on the size of the dog and the individual dog as to how many they can eat. Some dogs won’t have any reaction after a few Cheetos or even a small bag, some will get indigestion, diarrhea, etc.

Are Hot Cheetos toxic to dogs?

Hot Cheetos can not kill your dog, and eating a few of them likely won’t have much of an impact. You do want to avoid your dog eating Hot Cheetos if you can, as they can cause indigestion, diarrhea, and longer term issues if they eat too many or eat them too frequently.

Can dogs eat hot Cheetos with lemon?

Lemon doesn’t impact the overall answer here: dogs should not eat Hot Cheetos, but will likely be OK if they eat a few.

Do dogs like Hot Cheetos?

It depends on the dog! For even moderately picky eaters Hot Cheetos will likely be much too spicy, but some dogs will certainly be drawn to and like Hot Cheetos.

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