Is Salt Bad for Dogs

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Is Salt Bad For Dogs

Salt adds a nice flavor to human food. Could you imagine eating potatoes, meats or other dishes be like without salt? Humans can consume a much larger amount of salt than our canine companions, who wouldn’t consume much salt out in the wild.

Is salt bad for dogs?

Not when the salt is part of your dog’s regular diet. 

Your dog can sneak a salty treat from your plate, and they shouldn’t experience any adverse side effects. But you will want to make sure that your pup has enough fresh water available because salt can cause dehydration.

Salt, when feed in too high of quantities, will lead to health issues in your dog.

Veterinarians agree that it’s best not to offer your dog salty treats on a regular basis – no matter how much your dog begs.

Signs and Symptoms of Dogs Eating Too Much Salt

Excess is the main issue here. If your pup is a glutton and stole a bag of potato chips, you can expect him to exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea

Seizures are rare, but they can occur if a very large amount of salt is consumed. If you suspect that your dog has eaten too much salt, provide him with ample amounts of fresh water to drink. The water will often help negate symptoms of eating too much salt.

Of course, if your dog’s symptoms worsen or do not improve, bring your dog to the veterinarian to be properly examined.

How Much Salt is Bad for Dogs?

The daily minimum recommended amount of salt for dogs is 18 mg/MJ, according to the National Research Council in 2006. Dogs can safely consume up to 48 mg/MJ of sodium, but the sodium maximums will vary greatly depending on the size and weight of the dog.

Larger dogs will be able to handle more sodium in their diets than smaller dogs.

Small amounts of salt, even if they exceed the daily maximum, are unlikely to harm a healthy dog if it’s a one-time occurrence. 

Salt and Heart Disease in Dogs

Heart disease and salt do not mix, according to studies. Dogs that have heart issues are often prescribed a low-sodium diet. You’ll want to stay away from feeding your pup any additional salt that they would otherwise not receive during their normal food consumption.

Salt and Blood Pressure Concerns in Dogs

Studies show that when salt is added into a dog’s diet, it does not have a measurable effect on blood pressure. Intakes of 1.6 – 3.1 g/MJ did not have an impact on blood pressure. Plasma sodium levels with salt adjustments of 6 g/MJ did not impact plasma sodium concentration.

It’s always best to heed your veterinarian’s advice when feeding your pup and additional salt if the dog has issues with:

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Heart

Some sodium in a dog’s diet is fine, but you don’t need to add additional salt to your dog’s diet. A salty treat, such as a single French fry, may be acceptable on occasion, but you don’t want to make adding salt to your pup’s diet a regular occurrence.