Taro chips have become a popular snack with many people. They’re considered healthier than potato chips. But what happens if a dog eats taro chips?
Has your dog eaten taro chips? Are you worried the taro chips will make him 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 some information about taro chips and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What Are Taro Chips?
Taro chips are made from the root of the taro plant. The root is something like a potato inside. The chips are made by thinly slicing the root and then frying or baking the chips.
While humans can safely eat taro chips, what about dogs? Can taro chips make a dog sick?
Taro Chips & Dogs
Unfortunately, taro chips can be toxic to dogs. The reason is that taro root contains oxalate crystals. These are minerals that can cause kidney stones and other health issues.
If your dog happens to eat a store-bought taro chip, he will probably be OK. However, homemade taro chips are a larger problem. That’s because if the chips are not cooked properly, they contain a large number of oxalate crystals. Cooking can remove this problem. However, we really don’t recommend feeding your dog taro or taro chips.
Symptoms of Taro Chip Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats taro chips:
- Oral irritation & pain
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pawing at the mouth
- Decreased appetite
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet right now. This is an emergency.
Be sure to let the vet know approximately how many taro chips your dog has eaten. Then tell them about what time this happened. And let the vet know if the taro chips were store-bought or homemade. This information does make a difference.
Taro poisoning is treated based on the dog’s symptoms and how much taro he’s eaten. Dogs that have eaten taro chips may need to be hospitalized for a few days, depending on the severity of their symptoms.
The good news is that dogs can recover from taro chip toxicity. However, they require treatment ASAP. The best thing is to not feed taro or taro chips to your dog. It’s not worth the risk of him getting sick.