Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos? We’ve Got the Answer | Smart Dog Mom

Snack time is a time both dogs and humans love, and who doesn’t? We all love to indulge ourselves and share our snacks with our furry buddies. But there is one popular snack you really shouldn’t feed to a dog. Hot Cheetos.

Dogs totally love them, likely because most pups love cheese. But Hot Cheetos are full of a lot of ingredients dogs should not have, to include: artificial flavoring, salt, MSG, preservatives, and certain kinds of oils or spices. Especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach, they should never eat Hot Cheetos.

Can Hot Cheetos Kill a Dog?

Hot Cheetos can make your dog sick, but people want to know, “Can Hot Cheetos kill a dog?”  The answer is no, but they can make them very sick if they eat more than one or two. That is due to the ingredients listed earlier. 

Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos

These hot snacks can bring on problems with blood pressure, heartburn and burning mouth or skin burning (if they stick to mouth or fur), mineral deficiency, loss of appetite, obesity, stomach issues (can lead to pancreatitis or gastritis), dehydration, or even diabetes if eaten in large amounts.

They also turn their poop red due to the food coloring in Hot Cheetos.

Can Dogs Eat One Hot Chip?

What about other kids of spicy snacks?

Dog owners also ask, “Can dogs eat one hot chip?”

When you see your furry buddy staring at you, whining and begging for your hot chips, you may be asking could just one hurt him? Well, most of these types of snacks aren’t even that great for us humans, and they can make our dogs sick in some cases.

Hot chips are not exactly toxic, but still have ingredients dogs don’t need in their systems like salt, spices, preservatives, additives, saturated fats, garlic, onions, etc. Spicy foods in general are bad for dogs.

So, even just one hot chip could make some dogs sick, depending on their immune systems. For instance, too much salt can cause kidney problems and garlic and onions can damage a dog’s red blood cells and cause anemia.

Why? Because they can cause gas, stomach pains, diarrhea or vomiting. Plus the spices make them thirsty and could cause their mouths to have a burning sensation. So, it is best not to share Hot Chips or Hot Cheetos with dogs!

Can My Dog Eat Puffs Cheetos?

So, we have determined Hot Cheetos are bad, but what about other kinds like Puffs Cheetos? People want to know, “Can my dog eat Puffs Cheetos?”

The answer is they are not that nutritionally great for dogs as they have a lot of fat, carbs, sodium, preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, etc. Plus they are high in calories, which can cause obesity. Plus some dogs may even be allergic to some of the ingredients.

So, while regular flavored Puff Cheetos likely won’t kill your pooch if he eats one or two, it is still not a good idea for him to eat them. If nothing else if he somehow got into a bag and ate it all he could throw up all over your rug! That wouldn’t be fun for anyone to deal with.

Check out the relevant post: Is it safe for dogs to eat hummus?

Can Dogs Eat Pickles?

Another food some dogs may like pickles, so many owners ask, “Can dogs eat pickles?”  When it comes to answering this it depends on the type of pickle. They may be able to eat some kinds. I will explain.

Pickles are made of cucumbers. Cucumbers by themselves have vitamins like A, K, and C as well as minerals such as potassium, manganese, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Some of these are healthy for your pet.

Plus they have antioxidants which fight off free radicals that can cause some diseases. And they are low calorie and have a lot of fiber.

But it is how the cucumber is turned into a pickle that is the issue. It is fermented in vinegar or salt. Vinegar can hard a dog’s kidneys and make them get diarrhea or stomach issues.

Plus pickles have a lot of salt and sodium in large amounts is bad for dogs. Plus some have cloves, nutmeg, or cinnamon and these have a substance called Myristicin, which is toxic for dogs.

The dill in a dill pickle, however, is ok for dogs and can even have antioxidants that are good for preventing cancer.

But some have onions and garlic in them and as stated earlier this harms a dog’s red blood cells and can even cause death, so they should not eat most kinds of dill or garlic pickles. So can they eat a sweet pickle? Well, these are loaded with sugar so overweight or diabetic dogs of course can’t have them.


The bottom line is stick to fresh cucumbers and doesn’t give your dog pickles of any kind unless you want to take the chance of hurting your pet! Of course, you don’t, so don’t feed them pickles, hot Cheetos, or even Puffs Cheetos in most circumstances.

For more info on things dogs can and can’t eat, as well as nutritional guidelines for dogs, talk to your veterinarian. And if your dog has eaten some of the above things please check with a veterinarian if they show signs of having a problem listed above.

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