Can I Give My Dog Salt?

Can I Give My Dog Salt?Excessive canine consumption of salt can cause problems including dehydration. That’s why snacks, such as chips or pretzels, aren’t appropriate for dogs.

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Sodium is necessary but food fulfills this requirement. It’s no reason to panic if your dog ate salty junk food. Just provide lots of fresh water for hydration.

Pet dogs get food cravings too. But salivating over sodium is a bad habit. Don’t enable it. It is true that a salty diet will lead to various health problems.

Can I Give My Dog Some Salt? Answer: Not Recommended

Strictly limit sodium.

No salty snacks! Of course, giving your dog a couple of salted peanuts won’t make any difference one way or the other. They may just get thirsty afterwards. The main thing is it’s irresponsible to allow your dog to stick their face in a bag of chips, or eat mouthfuls of pretzels.

In any case, have fresh water at the ready to avoid a possibility of doggie dehydration.

Salt is Sensible

Some salt makes sense and is actually healthy. Your dog needs sodium.

It’s a small amount though and it’s usually included in their dog food.

Just How Much Salt

The Association of American Feed Control recommends at least 0.3% of sodium should be included in dry food. A bit extra won’t do any harm.

Indeed some dog foods offer much more. There’s usually no reason for concern unless your dog is on a low sodium diet for medical reasons.

It’s a Slippery Slope

For dogs with kidney, liver, or heart problems a low-sodium diet may be absolutely necessary. You’ll lower blood pressure by reducing salt.

In certain cases cooking food at home makes sense or a quality low sodium dog food formula will suffice.

Sensitivity & Symptoms

The good news is that dogs typically need to eat a lot of salty snacks to experience sodium iron poisoning.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and possibly seizures. Watch for thirst and excessive drinking.

Salt Water & Sea Water

Running around and excessive exercise in the heat naturally causes thirst. If you don’t have fresh clean water available your dog may turn to the sea water to quench their thirst. That’s really bad! This has got to be the worst way to consume salt for anyone, including dogs.

Dogs that drink sea water get what’s known as beach diarrhea. This is a result of the ocean water salt in their systems. For this reason, always take fresh clean water with you when you bring your dog to the shore.

Every fifteen minutes or so, take your dog to a shaded area and give them some fresh water. This way you’ll eliminate their temptation to drink the sea water as well as enable a cooling off period before they excitedly run off again. Treats that contain rock or sea salt are better than the processed kind.

Conclusion on Salt

Giving your dog too much salt will contribute to poor health. Regular dog food provides the required sodium. Keep salty snacks out of reach. Fresh water is important whenever a pet dog eats salty foods for whatever reason.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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