Do you enjoy veggie straws as a snack? If so, you’re not alone! And we bet your dog has also been begging for some of these yummy treats when you eat them. Right? They want everything we eat! But are veggie straws safe for dogs to eat?
Has your dog eaten some veggie straws? Are you worried the veggie straws will make him sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at veggie straws and whether or not they can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Veggie Straws?
Veggie straws are a snack made from veggies. They’re airy, crunchy, and shaped like straws. They’ve become a popular alternative to classic potato chips or other crispy snacks. The snacks are usually dee-fried and made with spices and other flavorings.
While these straws are touted as being made of veggies, the truth is they’re mostly made of mashed-up potatoes, potato starch, corn starch, oil, and tomato paste, spinach powder, artificial colors, and loads of salt. Once all of this is mixed together, the “dough” for the veggie straws is then sent through an extruder, which creates different forms, such as straws. The straws are then deep-fried and seasoned.
Humans can safely enjoy veggie straws, but what about dogs?
Veggie Straws & Dogs
Dogs should not eat veggie straws. This is because the yummy snacks contain high amounts of fat and salt, both of which are bad for dogs. In addition, some of the seasonings or flavorings could be harmful to dogs, including onion & garlic powder, and more.
Symptoms of Veggie Straw Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has munched down a bunch of veggie straws:
The severity of these symptoms depends on the size and weight of your dog, as well as how many veggie straws were eaten. In some cases, if a dog has eaten a ton of veggie straws, he could develop salt toxicity. However, the dog would have to eat a ton of veggie straws.
If your dog has eaten plan veggie straws, then he could suffer from the symptoms listed above. Keep an eye on him and monitor his symptoms. The diarrhea and vomiting should not last longer than 24 hours. If they do, then it’s time to call the vet.
And if your canine companion has eaten a ton of veggies straws and/or they were flavored with onion or garlic powder (check the ingredients on the package), then call the vet immediately.
The good news is that most dogs will recover on their own after eating some veggie straws. Dogs with more severe symptoms also have a very good chance of making a complete recovery if they receive prompt medical treatment for their dietary indiscretion!