Can Dogs Eat Flamin' Hot Cheetos?

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Picture yourself at a barbecue enjoying a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and a cold beverage. Of course, your dog sees you crunching on a tasty snack and wants some too. But can dogs eat hot Cheetos?

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Can dogs eat spicy foods?

Many people love spicy foods, and sometimes, it is fun to give your dog the same kinds of food that you eat. But certain human foods are unhealthy for dogs and might even make them sick. And it's not just "junk food" that can cause problems for dogs. Can dogs eat spicy vegetables that we might consider tasty and healthy? The answer is no, and that includes onions, garlic, peppers, and other spicy foods. These foods can cause stomach upset and mouth or throat pain.

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Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin. While capsaicin is not toxic to dogs, even eating a small amount can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and burns in the mouth, throat, and stomach.

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Issues with feeding dogs Flamin' Hot Cheetos

While the list of ingredients in Flamin' Hot Cheetos doesn't include chili peppers or capsaicin specifically, it is likely that the hot sensation comes from capsaicin. This is a naturally occurring ingredient that could be included in the "natural flavors" listed in the ingredient list. There are additional issues with the ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. Onions and garlic, even in small amounts and in powdered form, can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in dogs, including hemolytic anemia.

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Can dogs eat Cheetos that aren't hot? Highly processed foods, including Cheetos, really aren't good for dogs. The high fat content in snacks like this can cause pancreatitis and gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pancreatitis is a painful condition that can be life-threatening and often requires hospitalization. Then, there's the salt. If ingested by dogs in large amounts, salt can lead to salt toxicity, dehydration, or vomiting and diarrhea.

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And, of course, these foods are packed with empty calories, and they lack nutritional value. According to the label, 13 Flamin' Hot Cheetos contain 160 calories. Using these as treats, even occasionally, can cause obesity in dogs, which contributes to chronic conditions like arthritis and diabetes mellitus. Are hot Cheetos bad for you too? For some of the same reasons, they are, but they likely won't make you sick. And of course, humans can make the choice to indulge from time to time.

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What should you do if your dog eats Flamin' Hot Cheetos?

If your dog sneaks a Cheeto off your plate, don't worry about it. One Cheeto is unlikely to cause any complications. The issue with feeding dogs Flamin' Hot Cheetos would likely come from consumption of more than one. If your dog eats a large quantity of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, it's best to call your veterinarian and ask what to do. They may recommend that you bring your dog in to be examined. It is likely that your dog will experience diarrhea and other gastrointestinal upset, so be ready to take them outside regularly. Otherwise, follow your veterinarian's instructions.

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Opt for healthy human foods as treats

If you think your dog might grab the bag when you're not looking, keep your spicy snacks out of their reach. Giving your dog a fun snack is a good idea, but choose healthy, nonprocessed options. Dog-friendly snacks include apple slices, cooked sweet potatoes, green beans, and carrots. Of course, there are also countless treats made specifically for dogs.

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Dogs can enjoy a variety of foods, but salt, fat, sugar, onions, garlic, and spicy peppers, which are all ingredients in Flamin' Hot Cheetos, are not on that list. Fortunately, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that dogs can eat safely.

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