Yes, animal crackers are okay for dogs provided that they don’t contain Xylitol or any other harmful substance to dogs. Dogs usually won’t develop any adverse effects after eating the non-toxic form of animal crackers.
You probably know that not all human snacks are okay to share with canines. Some ingredients safe for humans to eat can be harmful to pups. As such, before you feed your dog human snacks such as animal crackers, always do a little research just in case they contain anything toxic.
While most animal crackers are non-toxic, one type you have to avoid is any ‘sugar-free’ animal crackers. Sugarless animal crackers usually contain xylitol, a common sugar substitute that’s safe for humans but fatal to dogs.
But xylitol isn’t the only danger in animal crackers – this tasty treat is high in carbs and sugars. Neither of the two is healthy for dogs, especially in the long term. And yes, that’s where the issue of considering the quantity and the frequency at which you offer animal crackers to dogs come in.
Are Animal Crackers Healthy For Dogs?
Animal crackers aren’t as healthy for dogs compared to some human foods that dogs can eat safely. Nonetheless, animal crackers have high concentrations of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous, all of which are beneficial to dogs.
You likely will agree with me that animal crackers are among the tastiest treats one can offer to their dogs. However, animal crackers aren’t the healthiest. Thus, it’s necessary to pay attention to the number of such biscuits you give to dogs.
Dogs need foods rich in nutrients. That’s one way to keep them healthy and immune from diseases. Animal crackers still offer vitamin B, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium, but they aren’t the kind of treats you will want to give your dog more often.
Giving your dog animal crackers more often will take the place of regular food. Apparently, that’s the last thing every dog owner will want for their canines. So again, when giving animal crackers to dogs, keep the number moderate. Now comes the question – what’s the ideal number of animal crackers for dogs to eat?
Well, there’s still much more to come, and that includes the answer to that question. But before we handle anything else, let’s take a quick look at something slightly different but equally essential.
Can Dogs Have Frosted Animal Crackers?
Yes, dogs can have frosted animal crackers if the treats don’t contain anything toxic. But again, much like with the other animal crackers, keep the intake levels low and ensure that they don’t come very frequently.
You see, frosting won’t change the nutritional value of animal crackers. They still remain low in most essential nutrients but high in sugars and unhealthy fats. So yes, still keep the amount as low as possible.
Another reason to monitor the intake level low is that frosted animal crackers are high in calories. A small number of animal crackers will offer more calories than your dog needs to get from snacks, which is generally unhealthy. You don’t want your dog to pay so hard for eating more calories than necessary, so monitor how much they take.