Many pet parents love to eat ramen noodles with a combination of other ingredients. These are popular foods that are pretty reasonably priced, too! But we’re pretty sure if your dog sees you’re eating ramen noodles, he’s going to beg for his fair share. After all, the leader of the pack is supposed to share their food! But what happens if a dog eats ramen noodles?
Has your dog eaten ramen noodles? Are you worried the ramen noodles will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve put together information about ramen noodles and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started! But one note—we’re talking about store-bought ramen noodles in this article!
What are Ramen Noodles?
Store-bought ramen noodles are usually instant noodles that are popular around the world. They’re usually very inexpensive and are quick to cook. They’re great for anyone who has a tight budget or doesn’t have time to make a more involved meal.
Ramen noodles of this kind are usually made from wheat and may be packaged with other ingredients. Other ingredients may include packets of flavorings & meat, vegetables, and oils.
While ramen noodles can be safe for humans (in moderation), what about dogs? Can ramen noodles make a dog sick?
Ramen Noodles & Dogs
The good news is that ramen noodles on their own usually won’t cause a problem for a dog. That’s because the noodles are made with ingredients most dogs can handle, even in larger amounts. Too much ramen may cause your dog nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms usually pass on their own. And dogs allergic to wheat could have an allergic reaction that must be treated by the vet.
However, there are some other considerations to be aware of, including:
Flavor & ingredient packets: may contain ingredients that are not good for dogs, including onion, garlic, high amounts of salt, msg, and more.
Packaging: the noodles are usually sold in product packaging that could create intestinal blockage in the dog’s digestive tract.
Dogs that are larger and eat the product packaging may be able to pass the plastic covering without too much trouble. Though it does depend on how many packages the dog has eaten. The smaller the dog, however, the more the risk of possible intestinal blockage.
Symptoms of Ramen Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten ramen noodles and/or packaging & flavor packets:
- Lack of appetite
- Weakness & lethargy
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Ramen Ingestion in Dogs
Treatment of this problem depends on your dog’s symptoms, size, and weight. If the vet diagnoses your fur baby with intestinal blockage, they may need to perform surgery to safely remove the obstruction. The vet will also treat other symptoms as they arise.
The prognosis is best for dogs that receive prompt medical treatment. So, be sure to keep ramen where your dog can’t get to it. Prevention is always the best medicine!