A dog with a wary expression looking at chips, showing they are harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Chips?

No, dogs should not eat chips. While it might be tempting to share your salty snack, chips are loaded with ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. High salt content, unhealthy fats, and artificial additives make chips a poor choice for your furry friend.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 1, 2024

Did You Know?

Chips contain high amounts of salt, which can lead to sodium ion poisoning in dogs if consumed in large quantities.




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Why Are Chips Bad for Dogs?

Chips are bad for dogs because their high salt content can lead to excessive thirst, vomiting, and even sodium ion poisoning in extreme cases. The unhealthy fats and artificial additives in chips can cause gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea and pancreatitis. In the long run, eating chips can contribute to unhealthy weight gain and other serious health issues.

How Many Chips Can Dogs Eat?

Ideally, dogs should not eat any chips. However, if your dog manages to snatch a single chip or two, it likely won't cause significant harm. Still, make sure this is very rare and unintentional. Consistently feeding chips, even in small amounts, can lead to the health problems previously mentioned.

Common Misconceptions

One common misconception is that a "small amount" of chips is harmless. While one or two chips occasionally won't lead to immediate illness, feeding chips habitually can contribute to long-term health risks. It's better to think of chips as a "never" rather than "sometimes" food for dogs.

Similar Harmful Products

Dogs can be tempted by a variety of snack foods that also pose health risks. Be particularly cautious with:

  • Pretzels: Similar high salt content, risks of dehydration and sodium ion poisoning.
  • Popcorn: Unpopped kernels can be a choking hazard and added butter or salt poses the same risks as chips.
  • Crackers: Often high in salt and sometimes contain harmful seasonings like onion powder.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Chips?

If your dog eats a few chips, monitor them closely for any signs of distress, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive thirst. If a large quantity is consumed, contact your veterinarian for advice. Do not attempt to induce vomiting unless instructed by a vet, as this can sometimes do more harm than good.

Over time, the consumption of harmful foods like chips can lead to chronic health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and pancreatitis. Treating these conditions can be costly. Pet insurance can be a valuable asset in managing unexpected medical expenses, providing peace of mind and financial support.

What Are Healthy Alternatives?

Instead of chips, offer your dog healthier snacks that are both safe and nutritious:

  • Carrot sticks: Crunchy and low in calories, great for dental health.
  • Apple slices (without seeds): Sweet and fibrous.
  • Green beans: Low in calories, rich in vitamins.


In summary, chips are not a good choice for dogs due to their high salt, unhealthy fats, and artificial additives. It is always best to consult with your vet to understand the specific dietary needs of your dog. For a healthier and happier pup, stick to dog-safe treats and avoid the temptation to share human snacks like chips.