Can Dogs Eat Hot Dogs?

While most veterinarians would not recommend feeding your dog hot dogs as a treat, if your pup accidentally has one, he should still be fine. The main issue with your dog eating this treat is the mystery meat aspect; most hot dogs contain a variety of ingredients other natural meats don’t contain. These ingredients could potentially be toxic for your dog to consume.

Why Can’t Dogs Eat Hot Dogs?

Hot dogs contain a number of ingredients that could be harmful to your dog, including sodium nitrate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sugars or artificial sweeteners, and seasonings like garlic and onion powder. Garlic and onions can be toxic for dogs.

Another issue with hot dogs is the amount of salt they contain, which is way over dogs’ daily sodium limit. If your dog eats a few hot dogs, he could experience dehydration, which could lead to diarrhea and excessive drinking. If you notice your dog has snatched just one, he should be fine. But if you’re concerned about the symptoms he’s exhibiting, we recommend calling your veterinarian for further advice.

Zoë Butler
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