Have you found yourself comfortable on the couch one night with a box of crackers, and your canine friend is looking up at you, hoping for a tasty snack.
Well, you aren’t alone, and countless dog owners have wondered over the years whether they can safely feed their dogs a few crackers.
Can Dogs Eat Crackers?
Yes, dogs can eat small quantities of most crackers without any noticeable adverse effects. This is especially true for plain, unflavored crackers; however, we will go over several of the common cracker brands shortly with a specific recommendation.
However, just because dogs can eat crackers, that doesn’t mean you should regularly or purposefully feed your dogs crackers as they are not an ideal component of a dog’s diet.
Most crackers for human consumption contain high levels of Salt and Carbohydrates, and most dogs do not need additional levels of these in their diet.
Can Dogs Eat Saltine Crackers?
Saltine crackers are one of the most popular types of crackers, and they are often given to humans who have an upset stomach as they are thought to help settle it.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be feeding Saltine Crackers to a dog with an upset stomach. Just like most crackers, Saltine Crackers are dense sources of carbohydrates and Salt and, for that reason, should not be fed to dogs as anything other than an occasional treat.
Can Dogs Eat Goldfish Crackers?
Goldfish Crackers are instantly recognizable thanks to their packaging and unique shape, and millions of homes across the United States will certainly have some hiding away in their kitchen.
However, like most other highly processed crackers that we are going to discuss, Goldfish Crackers contain high levels of Salt and Carbohydrates and are not an ideal component of a dog’s diet.
Because of this, you should limit the number of Goldfish you give to a dog and avoid giving any if possible.
Can Dogs Eat Ritz Crackers?
Ritz Crackers are a staple of children’s birthday parties or snacks for kids’ lunches, and we can picture countless children sneaking a ritz cracker to their favorite canine friend.
Ritz Crackers are very similar to most other crackers, and for that reason, we’d have the same recommendation that dogs can safely eat them, but they should be avoided or limited due to their salt and carbohydrate content.
Can Dogs Eat Graham Crackers?
Graham Crackers are a little different from other crackers in that they are often used to produce other foods, especially baked foods like Cheesecakes and Pies.
In addition, Graham Crackers are often flavored with Cinnamon or Honey rather than just the plain variety.
Regardless, Graham Crackers are still dense sources of carbohydrates, and for this reason, we would not recommend feeding them to dogs except in very small portions.
Can Dogs Eat Keto Crackers?
With the rise of Keto dieting among the population, many Keto foods have been invented, including Keto Crackers.
These Keto Crackers are different from traditional crackers and contain far fewer carbohydrates to help align them with the Keto regime.
For this reason, Keto Crackers are “better” for dogs than many other cracker brands or varieties. However, Keto Crackers often contain high levels of Salt, which means they are still not an ideal component of a dog’s diet.
Can Dogs Eat Club Crackers?
Club Crackers are another American favorite, just like Goldfish and Ritz Crackers, and millions of boxes sell across the country every year.
Club Crackers are no different from their competitors and are dense sources of carbohydrates and Salt. While it is safe for dogs to eat Club Crackers, due to their salt and carbohydrate content, we do not recommend feeding your dog Club Crackers.
Can Dogs Eat Rice Crackers?
Rice Crackers, or Rice Cakes as they are also known, are very different from most of the other crackers mentioned here, and because of that, they get a different recommendation.
Due to the fact that they are far less calorie dense and are often unsalted, dogs can safely eat Rice Crackers as long as they are unflavored or seasoned.
That being said, while dogs can safely eat Rice Crackers, we do not recommend you do so regularly, and most dogs would be much better suited to dog-specific treats or food high in animal-based foods.
How Many Crackers Are Safe For Dogs?
This is a difficult question to answer as it highly depends on a the size of the dog in question and the size of the crackers.
For example, a tiny breed dog like a chihuahua should not eat even a single large cracker such as a graham cracker. However, smaller trackers like Goldfish are probably less of a problem, especially if just one is eaten.
Whereas a much larger or giant breed dog such as a German Shepherd or a Labrador Retriever could eat several large or smaller crackers without any noticeable adverse effects.
As a general rule, we would not recommend you feed your dog any more than three smaller crackers or a single larger cracker at one time.
However, we also recommend that you use your best judgment and common sense as you know your dog far better than we do.
What To Do If A Dog Eats Too Many Crackers?
Did you accidentally leave the box of crackers out when you went to bed? Did you wake up to find your dog had got into them and eaten the whole box?
Well, you aren’t alone, and it’s something that happens to many dog owners with foods like crackers. First of all, don’t panic, and in most cases, your dog is not going to be in imminent danger.
The most likely outcome from a dog eating a large number of crackers at once is that they will experience common digestive symptoms such as vomiting, gas, and diarrhea.
We’d recommend closely monitoring them over the following 24-48 hours to see if they experience any of these symptoms and to ensure they are not unwell.
However, if they do experience consistent symptoms or you think they are susceptible to digesting large amounts of carbs or Salt, such as those dogs with diabetes, then we would recommend contacting or visiting a veterinary professional for their advice and guidance.