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Straightaway you should know that excessive canine consumption of salt can cause dehydration and a bunch of other problems.
That’s why chips or pretzels are all wrong for your dog.
Some sodium is necessary, but your pet’s regular food will fulfill this requirement.
Thankfully there is no reason to panic if your dog has eaten a salty snack. Just provide lots of fresh water.
Dogs Should Have Their Salt Intake Strictly Limited
Introducing extra sodium is a bad idea.
Make no mistake:
Frequently provide your dog with overly salty foods and it will ultimately lead to poor health.
Be sure to restrict your buddy’s sodium intake. Seriously!
That means no sharing of salty snacks (at least on a regular basis).
Giving your dog a couple of salted peanuts isn’t so terrible. They may just get thirsty afterwards.
On the other hand…
Don’t let them stick their face in a bag of chips, or eat mouthfuls of junk food!
Accidents do happen so have fresh water at the ready to head off dehydration.
A Little Bit is Good
Some salt makes sense and is actually healthy. Dogs do need sodium.
But it cannot be stressed enough: This need easily gets met by feeding regular dog food.
Exactly How Much Salt?
So what’s considered enough?
A small amount!
The Association of American Feed Control advocates the following:
At least 0.3% of sodium should be included in your dog’s dry food.
A slightly higher salt percentage is okay, but don’t go much above half a percent (0.5%).
FYI: Sometimes a reduced sodium diet is necessary for medical reasons.
Customize a Canine Diet
A low-sodium diet can be essential for dogs with kidney, liver or heart disease.
You can lower elevated blood pressure by reducing salt (obviously applies to dogs as well).
If possible, consider cooking Fido’s food at home.
Otherwise, a quality limited-ingredient low-sodium dog food formula will suffice.
Get your vet’s opinion. They deal with preventative health situations all the time as well as serious conditions (like congestive heart failure).
Sensitivity And Symptoms
The good news is dogs do not usually experience sodium iron poisoning. They typically need to eat a lot of salty snacks for that to occur.
But, if such poisoning does occur, the tell-tale symptoms include:
- Seizures (less common)
When there’s extreme thirst you will witness aggressive drinking which is normal for a pet pooch.
Ocean Water Warning
Do you live near the beach?
If so, you’ve likely noticed that excited dogs (those doing exercise and especially in the summer heat) get quite thirsty.
Without fresh water, your dog may turn to the coastline to top up. It’s a terrible way to consume salt!
Dogs that drink sea water can easily get what’s known as beach diarrhea.
Take fresh water with you when your furry friend joins you at the shore.
The Bottom Line
Do not give your dog a bunch of salt. It’ll eventually catch up with them.
Quality canine chow provides sufficient sodium.
Keep salty snacks out of reach.
If your dog has consumed a salty food you should make sure they have plenty of fresh drinking water!