Can Dogs Eat Goldfish Crackers? Is It Safe?

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

We all love Goldfish crackers. They are crunchy, delicious, and everything else that we want in a good snack. If we can eat them, surely our dogs can eat them too, right? Not so fast! Before feeding your goldfish crackers, you need to get educated on them first.

Goldfish crackers are safe for your dog to eat, but only if given occasionally and in extremely small amounts.

While this answer is enough for most of you, there are nuances to this subject. What are goldfish crackers made of? Why are they not safe for our dogs in large amounts? These are valid questions. Fear not, I have answered all your questions down below. So, read on!

The Truth About Goldfish Crackers

Goldfish crackers are a great snack for a quick munch. And when I say:

Dogs love the smell of goldfish crackers.

I am not kidding. You may have often found your dog staring at you with those hungry eyes whenever you open a pack. But before succumbing to your dog’s penetrating gaze, remember that your dog can get seriously ill if you give him a little too much of these crackers.

So, why do these crackers pose a health risk?

Well, for starters, among the many ingredients of Goldfish crackers, there is Onion powder, Garlic Powder, and an excess amount of salt. We will come back to the salt part, but first, remember this:

Onion and Garlic are toxic to dogs.

Dogs that have ingested too much Onion or Garlic can show symptoms such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Blood in urination
  • Anemia

These are only a handful of symptoms that your dog may show. There may be others. Whenever you find your dog displaying any of these symptoms, immediately contact the vet. If you ignore these symptoms for too long, these could prove to be life-threatening.

Coming to salt and we also have a problem here. Goldfish crackers contain an excessive amount of salt. While it is true that a dog needs a small amount of salt in his system, it is also true that salt in excess quantities is toxic to dogs.

In a similar pattern to Onion, when a dog ingests too much salt, he can undergo a condition called Hypernatremia. Dogs suffering from this condition, experience an acute loss of water. This loss of water results in dehydration and urination problems.

Furthermore, excess salt in your dog’s diet can also result in Sodium-Ion poisoning.

Sodium-Ion poisoning is a serious condition in which a dog experiences severe thirst, excessive urination, lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting. If left untreated, this condition can prove to be fatal.

What To Do if Your Dog Consumes Too Much Goldfish Crackers?

The first thing you need to do in case your dog consumes too much goldfish crackers is to give him plenty of water. The water will help wash down the salts. As I have already explained, salt can cause hypernatremia and sodium ion poisoning. So it is best to be on guard.

Next up and the most important, watch out for symptoms mentioned-above. If you spot any of them, don’t waste any time and call your vet immediately.

Snacks You Should Avoid Feeding Your Dog (Video)

Snacks To Avoid

When it comes to feeding your dog human food, there are a couple of snacks to avoid.

French Fries

I know it’s hard for both for you and your dog not to love French fries, but you both should avoid it.

French Fries are nothing but fat, oil, and a lot of Sodium. You already know what Sodium can do to your dog.

In addition to Sodium, fat is also as bad if not worse. It can make your dog overweight which can lead your dog to contract various health conditions, including but not limited to, heart problems, liver problems, among many others.

Ice Cream

Don’t be fooled by those cute Instagram posts. Ice Cream is not healthy for you. Apart from the high sugar content, Ice cream can be downright awful for dogs with lactose intolerance.

Aside from this many ice cream companies make their products with chocolate, nuts, and other goodies. These are good for humans, but for dogs not so much.


Here’s the deal:

Raisins and dogs should be kept as far apart as possible.

Raisins are extremely toxic to dogsIf ingested, they can cause several problems, including Kidney Failure, which is fatal to dogs.

So, say not to raisins.


Yeah, you read that write. Candies are also among the snacks you shouldn’t give to your dogs.

There are several reasons as to why this is the case. The biggest reason that you should refrain from giving candy to your dog is the presence of Xylitol.

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that is used in sugar-free candies and gums. Xylitol causes dangerously low blood sugar levels in dogs. In addition to this, it also causes Liver damage.

Symptoms of Xylitol toxicity include:

  • Seizures
  • Motor function failure

In case you spot any of these, the best thing is to contact your vet asap.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some questions that appear everywhere on the internet.

Can I give my dog a Ritz cracker?

Just like Goldfish crackers, Ritz Crackers are also harmless as long as they are given occasionally and in small amounts.

Ritz Crackers contain high concentrations of salt, fat, oil, and carbohydrates. These ingredients are fine as long as they are present in your dog’s diet in minute amounts. If they are present in large quantities, these can result in a whole slew of problems.

So, just keep this in mind while giving your pooch Ritz Crackers.

Is cheese bad for dogs?

The cheese is absolutely fine for dogs. You just need to keep a couple of things in mind.

Firstly, make sure that your dog isn’t lactose intolerant. If he is lactose intolerant, look for something other than cheese.

Secondly, while choosing cheese make sure to choose cheese with low quantities of fat. Most types of cheese are high in fat which is not ideal for dogs as they can result in dogs gaining excess weight.

Can dogs eat Doritos?

Yes, but with a few conditions.

Doritos, like crackers, are full of salt. A large quantity of salt is responsible for Sodium-Ion Poisoning in dogs. Sodium-Ion poisoning is a potentially fatal condition and should be prevented at all costs.

Secondly, just be mindful of the quantity of Doritos you feed to your dog. Overfeeding is a really bad habit which will result in the degradation of your dog’s health.

So, a few Doritos a week is fine, but not more than that.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

Yes, but with a few caveats.

Watermelon itself poses absolutely no health risks. On the contrary, it is a pretty sweet combination of Vitamins A, B6, and C. It is also fat and carbohydrate-free. So, watermelon itself is not a problem.

However, the seeds are a different story. Watermelon seeds can cause intestinal blockage. This is bad news for dog owners. Fortunately, this is a pretty simple problem to fix.

All in all, take out the seeds and let your dog enjoy this watery treat.

Can dogs eat bananas?

Yes, and it is a pretty good alternative to other processed snacks.

But as with everything, Bananas are only good if given in moderation. So, practice moderation, and everything will be fine.  

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