Everyone from a child to an adult loves goldfish crackers for their shape and their crunch and salty taste. While eating this delicious snack, we often share it with our pets, as we have learned from childhood, “Sharing Is Caring”. But are we really caring? Is it really good to share this with our pets? Can dogs eat Goldfish? The answer is not straightforward, which means that dogs should not eat Goldfish, but they can have one or two once in a blue moon because goldfish crackers contain a large amount of salt, which is not good for the dogs. They also contain some artificial flavors and colors with seasonings on them which can harm dogs in the distant future. So, it’s better to keep goldfish crackers away from the canines if you are concerned about the severity.
What are the ingredients that can harm dogs?
If you are still trying to deny the fact that it includes harmful substances, then let’s see in detail what’s exactly there that can harm your pet. Goldfish crackers include enriched wheat flour, cheddar cheese, salt, sugar, paprika, spices, yeast, and other harmful substances. Neither of these ingredients is healthy for your pet because canines do not have a strong digestive system that can digest these ingredients.
Goldfish crackers are made primarily of enriched wheat flour. While it is not harmful to your pet, it is also not ideal for him. It is enriched, which means it is not made entirely of whole wheat. When flour is enriched, the natural nutrients in it are washed away, making it difficult for canines to digest.
Cheddar cheese is used to make goldfish crackers cheesy and soft. We all love cheese and prefer every favorite food with extra cheese. But it is not good for the dogs as it contains some lactose content, which can be harmful to the dogs.
Both salt and sugar are not good for healthy dogs. Too much salt can make your dog thirsty, which means many trips to the fire hydrant and could lead to sodium ion poisoning. Now, if we talk about sugar, it is linked to weight gain and obesity in dogs. So if your dog became addicted to foods containing too much sugar, it would be difficult for you to correct it, and ultimately it would lead to the problems like obesity and diabetes.
A pinch of spice is used to make goldfish crackers tasty and spicy. This is the only part for which people are ready to break their diet. But, because of its spicy flavor, only people are unable to control, and their mouth starts watering. So, how can you aspect your pet to stay away from these spicy and tasty goldfish crackers. But it is not easy for their stomach to digest them as humans can do. So, it is necessary to hide this type of spicy food from them.
If your dog has ingested the goldfish crackers in your absence and your children informed you that your pet had eaten the whole packet of goldfish crackers, then it’s a big problem. Try to watch for the symptoms such as vomiting, thirst, diarrhea, dehydration, gas, etc., and it’s recommended to rush to the nearby veterinarian hospital or consult your vet immediately.
Long information in short. You can give your dog goldfish crackers once in a while, but it’s recommended not to provide them regularly. If you happen to have kids, then it’s quite obvious to have packets of goldfish crackers in the home. But you need to be careful and keep them away from the reach of your pet, especially if you have a puppy. The symptoms that will help you know that your pet has eaten the goldfish crackers are vomiting, thirst, diarrhea, dehydration, gas, etc. Watch for these signs and consult your vet as soon as possible. He will treat your pet according to the amount of food that he has eaten. So, if you want a long healthy life for your pet dog, keep these harmful food items away from him.
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I am a pet lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. Currently, I have two budgies Kiwi & Koko as pets, and planning to adopt a pup soon. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.