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Can dogs eat Doritos? Here’s the truth

Can dogs eat Doritos? Here’s the truth

Can you imagine movie night without Doritos? Yeah, us neither! There’s just something special about these crunchy tortilla chips! What’s special too is the look on our dog’s faces while they beg for at least just one chip. But, the question is can dogs eat Doritos at all?

Can we share a piece or two with our pooches while watching a nice movie? Well, sure the look on your dog wile begging for Doritos might be funny. However, fact is Doritos aren’t healthy for us humans, let alone dogs!

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In this article we’re going to answer the question can dogs eat Doritos and whether or not this snack is even safe for dogs?

Can dogs eat Doritos?

Generally speaking, Doritos won’t harm your dog. They are safe-ish, however it’s really better you don’t let your dog eat Doritos.

We’re going to elaborate this answer, so keep on reading.


Let’s first start with the ingredients of Doritos.

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Doritos Ingredient list: Whole Corn, Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola,
and/or Sunflower Oil), Corn Dextrin, Salt, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Buttermilk, Romano Cheese (Part-Skim Cow’s
Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey Protein Concentrate, Onion Powder, Corn Flour, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Dextrose, Tomato Powder, Lactose, Spices, Artificial Color (Including Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Skim Milk, Red and Green Bell Pepper Powder, Disodium Inosinate, and Disodium Guanylate.

Now, this list might not mean much to you. However, there are two ingredients that stand out, it’s fat and salt. Both of which can be quite toxic for dogs if consumed in large quantities.

Besides fat and salt, Doritos also contain garlic and onion powders.

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No matter in which form, powder, dehydrated or fresh, onions and garlic aren’t safe! These absolutely must be kept away from canines.

The fact is, onions and garlic can kill your dog’s red blood cells, which then leads to anemia.

Of course, there are also different flavors of Doritos. For example, hot sauce. All those flavors that can be found in Doritos are of course artificial and chemicals.

It’s needless to say that these are unhealthy even for humans, let alone dogs. But, in addition, to be quite unhealthy, certain Doritos can also be a bit too spicy.

Your dog’s digestive system can’t take that…

Why would you give your dog Doritos?

Now, the second question that arises is, why would you give your dog Doritos? We humans eat junk food because it’s kind of comforting, they are satisfying. But, your dog doesn’t need comfort food. Your dog needs healthy, nutrient filled food.

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If you want your dog to enjoy a little treat while you’re snacking on Doritos, there are so many other better options.

bowl of doritos
Doritos contain a lot of fat and salt, which can be quite toxic for dogs if consumed in large quantities

There are so many great snacks contain valuable vitamins and minerals.

What if your dog eats too many Doritos?

It can happen that your dog gets into your chips drawer and feasts on your Doritos. What then?

The greatest issue with chips, be it tortilla or any other, is the salt. As mentioned above, Doritos contain a lot of salt.

According to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an average adult dog weighing 33 pounds has a daily allowance of only 200 mg of salt and 14g of fat.

On the other hand, 1 oz or 15 classic potato chips contains 170mg of sodium and 10g of fat.

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So, given this data we can say that Sodium poisoning can happen very easily. Too much salt, or sodium poisoning, can have many consequences. For example urination problems, abnormal fluid accumulation, potential injury to kidneys, and even death.

Symptoms of sodium poisoning are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures


In conclusion, to answer the question can dogs eat Doritos. While one or two chips might not harm your dog, they have no actual benefits either.

There are so many better treats and snacks you could give your dog that will actually benefit them and that are just as tasty!

Sure, Doritos are a great comfort and movie food for us, but next time your dog is begging you for a chip, think twice before giving them some.