Dog parents often fall into the dilemma of whether or not to give their dogs human food. The dog may be begging for it, and the parent thinks maybe just a bite would not hurt. So what are the human food items your dog can eat? Can dogs eat hot Cheetos? As a rule of thumb, it’s bad to let dogs eat table scraps.
Not only is it bad for a dog’s digestive system, regularly giving a dog table scraps can make him overweight and cause behavioral problems. Similarly, it’s also not a good idea, in general, to give your dog hot Cheetos. If you’re a fan of hot Cheetos and your dog begs for it, you might be wondering, “Can I give my dog Cheetos?” It would be best if you didn’t indulge him, at least not regularly.
However, in case an accident happens where you’ve left a bag of hot Cheetos open, and your dog has gobbled it down or just ate a few, is it going to harm him? Eating a lot of this junk food will certainly be bad for your dog. In any case, in this blog post, we’re going to discuss in detail what to do when your dog ends up eating hot Cheetos.
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What’s in Hot Cheetos?
Cheetos, the snack, was already popular. When the spicy hot Cheetos version came out, it was even more of a crowd-pleaser. We all know that hot Cheetos is a type of junk food, but we still eat it because it is very tasty. But do we know what’s actually in it? Is Cheetos bad for dogs because of the ingredients?
First, let me tell you that there’s nothing nutritious in a pack of hot Cheetos. It’s mostly made of cornmeal. Once, many prominent dog food brands contained cornmeal in their formulation. But later, it was discovered that cornmeal is harmful to dogs. So it is now used little in dog foods.
Other than the empty calories of cornmeal, hot Cheetos also contains a spice powder, its main attraction. While the ingredients list does not explicitly mention capsaicin (the chemical responsible for the spicy taste of a chili), the taste and flavor suggest its presence.
Capsaicin is harmful to dogs even in small quantities, as it can cause consequences such as vomiting, diarrhea, and burns in the mouth. Moreover, hot Cheetos also contain onion and garlic, which are toxic for a dog. These vegetables can destroy a dog’s red blood cells.
Ingredients such as capsaicin, cornmeal, onion, garlic, food color, and not to mention high amounts of salt and oil in the hot Cheetos are certainly not good for your dog. They can cause so many digestive problems and harm other organs when you make feeding your dog hot Cheetos a habit. So, we can conclude that hot Cheetos are bad for dogs.
What Happens if a Dog Eats Hot Cheetos?
While dogs cannot tell if a food is spicy, they generally do not like the scent associated with this sort of food. So if your dog accidentally eats one or two hot Cheetos, he will probably stop wanting to eat more. But exceptions do happen, and your dog might polish off the whole bag!
After your dog has eaten hot Cheetos, there’s a good chance that you’ll start to see symptoms soon if it’s hurting him. Generally, it’s prudent to keep an eye on him for 24-48 hours. Even after this time has passed, if your dog does not show any signs of discomfort, you can rest assured.
However, if within the 24-48 hour window, if your dog starts to show unusual behavior or signs of discomfort, it’s best to get him to a vet as soon as possible. Your dog might be vomiting or having diarrhea, so it might be a good idea to take him outdoors at the first sign of discomfort. Whatever you do, do not try to solve this at home.
What Should I Do if My Dog Eats Hot Cheetos?
When you’re waiting to see if your dog shows serious symptoms of sickness after eating hot Cheetos, you could do some things to make sure the risk is lessened and that your dog feels better.
First, you should offer your dog lots of clean, fresh water to drink. Water will help to soothe your dog’s mouth, settle his stomach, and help his body flush out all the harmful ingredients that came from the hot Cheetos.
Then, as I have mentioned already, you should monitor your dog closely. If he’s doing something he doesn’t usually do, you have reason to be worried. The odd behavior can be anything. Hyperactivity is dangerous; so is lethargy. The ingredients in hot Cheetos might also cause an upset stomach, as well as constipation.
The most likely outcome of your dog being affected by eating hot Cheetos is diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. Therefore, once you realize your dog has eaten some hot Cheetos, you should be ready to clean up the mess. Additionally, it would help if you also were prepared to take him to the vet anytime if the situation escalates.
A Dog Eating Spicy Food: Is It a Bad Idea?
As dog parents, we love to spoil our dogs often. In doing so, we often forget that the kind of food we find delicious might not be good for our dogs. We might think of offering them spicy human food because we like it, but that might end up causing them discomfort. As a general rule of thumb, I maintain a lot of caution about giving my dogs human food.
A habit of letting your dog beg for food (and getting it) prompts your dog to misbehave, makes him a picky eater, and causes many health problems. Some food items that are perfectly normal for humans, such as chocolates, anything else that contains caffeine, raisins, grapes, onion, and garlic, can fatally hurt your dog.
So you should refrain from giving your dog any human food, not just spicy ones. I’ve heard numerous times, in casual conversation, dog owners asking questions such as, “Can dogs eat hot Cheetos?” or, “Can my dog eat hot dogs?” While they technically can, you really shouldn’t be feeding them spicy human food.
That’s just asking for trouble. Spicy food, at the very least, will cause your dog pain and discomfort. Letting your dog eat a lot of spicy food at once or giving little bits regularly might cause a life-threatening issue. You don’t want that, do you?
How to Prevent Your Dog From Eating Hot Cheetos?
Understandably, your dog might want to try a bit of what you’re having, even if it’s a handful of neon-colored hot Cheetos. However, as the owner, your job is to not give in to the whining and think about his well-being first. It’s best for your dog if he’s only fed items that are specially prepared for him.
Do not ever start the habit of giving your dog table scraps or bites from your food. Because once that starts, there’s no going back. Your dog will know if he whines, you will feed him human food. Once you’re persistent about not feeding your dog human food, you can stock up on doggie snacks.
There are so many snacks available that will make your dog just as happy and are also healthy for him to eat, provided that you dispense them in moderation. If your dog still isn’t happy, you can try giving him fresh fruits and vegetables that are safe for ingestion. One “human” food I prefer giving my dogs is peanut butter. In moderation, it’s a safe and healthy food to give your canine companion.
Cooked and unseasoned meat (given that it isn’t something your dog is allergic to), cooked fish, peanut butter, plain and unsalted popcorn, apples (without the seed), bananas, watermelon, cucumbers, green beans, and carrots are all safe and healthy alternatives to feeding your dog unhealthy snacks such as hot Cheetos.
So, can dogs eat hot Cheetos? You now know the answer. They really should not. Even if you are tempted to give your dog one or two as a treat, I’d suggest you refrain from doing so. It will cultivate a bad habit.
If you’re worried about your dog accidentally eating hot Cheetos, it’s better to take preventive measures against that happening. Never leave food unattended on the table. Always make sure to keep your snacks in a locked cupboard. You could also employ child-proof locks to deter your dog from stealing the snacks.
It’s also a good idea to never feed your dog table scraps. Moreover, take care not to drop any bits and pieces while you’re eating, even by mistake. It will make your dog think it’s appropriate for him to eat human food. Train your dog to only eat from his bowl, and all will be well.