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Can Dogs Eat Crackers? (List of 17 Types)

Dogs can have crackers as an occasional treat, but no more than that. Most crackers are high in salt, sugar, and fats, all of which can be harmful to dogs in large amounts. Make sure they don’t contain any harmful ingredients such as onions, garlic, or chocolate.

Pet owners like to spoil their pets, but it is not always a good idea to do so. Especially when it comes to crackers.

Dr. Christen McCully DVM of Downtown Pet Hospital in Orlando says: “I see a lot of overweight pets in my practice, which is a good opportunity for me to educate owners about the number of calories in many of these small treats.

So, can dogs eat crackers?

In this article, we will analyze if crackers are good for dogs, which ones you can feed your pet, and how many crackers you can give out as treats. We will also cover all the nutritious benefits or harms of these small treats.

Can Dogs Eat Crackers?

Yes, dogs can eat crackers in small amounts. Crackers have no nutritional value, so they should not be given out on a regular basis. They can be used as treats, as long as they are low high in salt and sugar, and don’t contain any toxic ingredients.

Dogs can eat crackers, but they should be kept to a minimum and not a staple of their diet. Crackers are generally high in fat, salt, and sugar, and do not contain any beneficial nutrients.

Check the labels before feeding a dog crackers, as many of them can contain toxic ingredients, such as[1]:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Some nuts
can dogs eat crackers

Are Crackers Good for Dogs?

No, crackers are generally not good or healthy for dogs. They are fine as treats, but not as a majority part of their diet. They don’t offer any healthy vitamins or minerals.

As mentioned, many crackers are high in salt and sugar, which is harmful to dogs. Eating crackers in moderation is generally safe for dogs, but you should be aware of the exact ingredients.

If fed too many, dogs can experience health issues, such as obesity, upset stomach, decreased appetite, vomiting, and other problems.

Why Are Crackers Unhealthy for Dogs?

Crackers are unhealthy and generally bad for dogs in larger amounts because of the high amount of salt, sugar, fat, and carbohydrates, all of which are harmful to dogs.

Some dogs are allergic to wheat, which is found in every cracker[2]. Before giving your pet crackers, check with a vet and be sure they aren’t allergic.

Crackers also contain dairy products that are harmful to dogs if they are lactose-intolerant. The following behaviors are signs of an upset stomach due to an unhealthy diet:

  • Fatigue
  • Drinking less water
  • Liking their lips, air, or objects
  • Decreased appetite or loss of appetite
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Can Dogs Eat Graham Crackers?

Dogs can eat graham crackers, but they’re not good for them, especially not in large amounts. Graham crackers contain low amounts of fat but high amounts of sugar, which can cause problems.

Graham crackers are safe for dogs in small amounts. Ingesting large amounts of graham crackers regularly can lead to cavities, diabetes, obesity, and sodium poisoning. However, they’re generally not recommended to give to dogs.

Looking at Nabisco Honey Maid graham crackers, we can see that they contain the following nutritional value:

  • Calories: 130
  • Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 160mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 2g

These values do not make for a nutritional diet for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon Graham Crackers?

No, it is not recommended for dogs to eat Cinnamon Graham Crackers. They are bad for your dog’s health, for the same reasons that regular graham crackers are: sugar and sodium. Research shows that cinnamon itself is not harmful to dogs.

Just like Graham Crackers and Honey Graham Crackers, they can lead to Diabetes and obesity, when eaten regularly.

Dogs can’t digest more than one or two crackers at a time and should be provided with plenty of water, as they get thirsty due to the sodium contents of the crackers. 

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Can Dogs Eat Honey Graham Crackers?

It’s not recommended to give dogs honey graham crackers. The added sugar from the honey can cause a number of health issues if eaten regularly.

An increased intake of sugar can cause the following issues for dogs:

  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory system and blood problems.
  • Nervous and digestive system damage
  • Pancreatitis
  • Poisoning

They are safe to eat on rare occasions, one or two at a time.

Can Dogs Eat Animal Crackers?

Dogs can eat animal crackers and can be used as a treat, as long as they don’t contain any toxic ingredients such as chocolate or xylitol. They should only be given as treats due to the fat and sugar contents.

Some animal crackers can contain dyes, which, when ingested, can lead to an upset stomach and gastrointestinal problems. Be sure to check the labels and ask a vet about it.

can dogs eat animal shaped cracker

Can Dogs Eat Oyster Crackers?

Dogs can have oyster crackers in small amounts. Their sodium levels are low, and they don’t contain any toxic or harmful spices. You shouldn’t let them eat regularly, as they are still high in fats, carbohydrates, and calories.

Can Dogs Eat Salted Crackers?

Dogs can eat salted crackers, but it is not recommended. These saltine crackers, or soda crackers, are, as the same suggests, high in salt contents, which can cause an upset stomach,

Salted Crackers can contain soy products, or wheat with very high salt content, two of the most common allergens and harmful ingredients for dogs. Eating excessive amounts of salt can lead to salt poisoning (also known as sodium poisoning).

Symptoms include:

  • vomiting 
  • diarrhea 
  • decreased appetite
  • lethargy
  • incoordination
  • excessive thirst or urination
  • tremors
  • seizures

In worst-case scenarios, sodium poisoning can be fatal.

The recommended sodium intake for dogs is 0.3% on a daily basis[3]. Too much or too little will cause issues.

Can Dogs Eat Salted Crackers?

Can Dogs Eat Unsalted Crackers?

Yes, plain, unsalted crackers are the best crackers to give to dogs. They are less harmful because of their lack of salt, assuming they don’t contain other toxic ingredients. Dogs should only be given these on rare occasions, and they don’t offer any nutritional value.

Popular Brands of Crackers

Can Dogs Eat Cheez-Its Crackers?

While dogs can eat Cheez-Its, there is nothing beneficial in doing so. Cheez-Its crackers are filled with preservatives, lactose, salt, and other unhealthy ingredients. While they won’t do any harm, they won’t do any good either.

Cheez-Its are not appropriate for dog consumption, due to their high salt content. Your dog can be allergic to wheat and milk, both ingredients that are found in Cheez-Its.

A standard serving of Cheez-Its (27 crackers) contains:

  • 150 calories
  • 8 grams of fat
  • 230 milligrams of salt

Can Dogs Eat Ritz Crackers?

Ritz Crackers offer no benefit to dogs, and should not be used as treats, as there are many other healthier alternatives out there. Ritz crackers contain a combination of bad fats, carbohydrates, and high levels of sodium. Besides that, there can be several ingredients that can trigger health issues such as wheat and sugar.

Can Dogs Eat Belvita Crackers?

Belvita crackers, in moderation, are unlikely to harm your dog, but they don’t offer any added health benefits. Eating these crackers in excess can lead to diarrhea and an upset stomach. The ingredients in Belvita crackers aren’t toxic, but they’re not healthy either.

Can Dogs Eat Wheat Thin Crackers?

Wheat Thin Crackers, as the name suggests, are made with wheat, which some dogs are allergic to. These crackers are also full of sugar, salt, fats, and carbohydrates. These crackers contain BHT, a preservative that can be harmful in the long run.

Can Dogs Eat Townhouse Crackers?

Townhouse crackers are famous for their light and buttery taste and are enjoyed by many people. As for dogs, they should only be given out in small amounts. You should aim to keep crackers to a minimum, and instead give your dog other alternative treats.

Can Dogs Eat Scooby-Doo Graham Crackers?

Scooby-Doo crackers aren’t healthy for dogs, despite them being shaped like bones. While they are low in sugar, contrary to many other crackers, they’re still high in calories. They aren’t good for dogs, but they can work as an unhealthy snack once in a while.

Popular Types of Crackers

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter Crackers?

Dogs should not be given store-bought peanut butter crackers. These are made for humans, and can as such contain many ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs. If you want to treat your dog with a peanut butter snack you are safer to make them yourself.

Commercial peanut butter crackers can also contain xylitol[4], which can be either fatally dangerous or, can cause long-term damage. Large dogs can eat small bits of peanut butter crackers from the store without any harm, but small dogs have to be kept away from these, as even trace amounts of xylitol can prove very harmful.

peanut butter crackers

Can Dogs Eat Saltine Crackers?

No, dogs should not be given saltine crackers. They are high in sodium levels and calories, which are harmful to dogs. Excessive amounts of saltine crackers eaten regularly can lead to salt poison. Eating too much salt puts your dog at risk of digestive issues.

Can Dogs Eat Cheese Crackers?

Cheese crackers are not recommended or made for dogs. Just like Cheez-Its, they contain commercial cheese, which can be harmful to dogs. If they eat too many cheese crackers, they can experience sodium poisoning. Sodium poisoning manifests by vomiting and diarrhea. These crackers are also high in calories, which leads to weight gain and digestive problems.

can dogs eat cheese crackers

Can Dogs Eat Seaweed Rice Crackers?

Dogs can have seaweed rice crackers, but make sure they don’t contain toxic ingredients such as onions or garlic. Seaweed offers multiple nutritional benefits, such as iron, iodine, magnesium, protein, and omega 3s.

When that is said, don’t make seaweed rice crackers a daily part of their diet. Even if seaweed is nutritious, these crackers can still contain too much salt or sugar.

Can Dogs Eat Whole Wheat Crackers?

If your dog is not allergic to wheat or grain, they can be given whole wheat crackers. Do not let your dog eat excessive amounts of wheat crackers, as many of these contain large amounts of salt, as well as other ingredients that can cause harm in excessive amounts.

Whole Wheat crackers generally contain:

  • Whole grain
  • Wheat flour
  • Sugar
  • Soybean oil
  • Salt

These ingredients can cause harm to dogs, especially if your dog is allergic.

Can Dogs Eat Almond Crackers?

Almond crackers are gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, low in sugar, and often don’t contain other harmful ingredients. As long as the crackers don’t contain onion and garlic, they are safe for dogs. 

Some dogs can’t digest almonds well, which can lead to stomach problems.

dog wants to eat crackers on the table

Alternatives To Crackers

If you are looking to give your dog a treat, you should generally stay away from crackers. These alternatives are healthier than crackers and provide more nutritious benefits.

Fruits

Apples are a good healthy alternative for crackers. They are full of nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. Dogs can safely eat the apple, but not the seeds or core, as they can contain pesticides.

Bananas are another healthy alternative for dogs. They contain many healthy nutrients. 

Most dogs love to eat bananas. They are safe, but not in excessive amounts, as the fruit has high sugar content.

Watermelons are great as a healthy snack. They are hydrating and have lots of vitamins. 

Dogs can consume the fruit, without the seeds and rind.

yellow banana

Vegetables

Carrots are full of beta carotene and vitamins, making them a great snacking alternative.

Bite-sized carrots are a good reward snack for dogs. Some dogs have the bad habit of swallowing without chewing, so the carrots should be portioned correctly.

Another great snack is broccoli, which can be served unseasoned as a healthy snack. Dogs can eat it raw, steamed, or roasted. They have lots of fibers and vitamins. 

Conclusion

Dogs can have crackers, but moderation is key. Dogs can eat one or two crackers, but can’t make a daily habit out of it. Homemade crackers are a better option than store-bought ones. Plain crackers are safe for dogs unless they are allergic to any of the ingredients. A visit to the vet is a must before giving them these snacks.

FAQs

Are Crackers Healthy For Dogs?

No, crackers are not healthy for dogs. Even if they can eat a few, eating excessive amounts can harm them for a long time.

Should You Feed Dogs Crackers?

No, you generally should not feed your dog crackers, unless they are homemade and made specifically for dogs. Store-bought crackers can contain lots of ingredients that are toxic for dogs, such as garlic or onions.

About Dennis Stapleton

Dennis Stapleton has a passion for animals, especially dogs, and their relatives. He’s intrigued by their social structure and loves to write and teach about the world's most popular pet animal.