You should never feed your dog ramen, especially if you have added the seasoning packet. This is because seasoning typically contains several ingredients that may be harmful to the dog’s health.
Here is a bit more about these toxic ingredients in ramen noodles and their seasoning packets.
Garlic Or Onion Powder
If ever you look up foods that are considered toxic to dogs, garlic and onions are typically top on the list. These two ingredients also typically appear not only in ramen noodle seasoning packets but also infused in the noodles themselves for the umami flavor effect.
Garlic and onion powder can cause life-threatening anemia in dogs. The concentrated amounts used in ramen noodle seasoning are enough to cause this life-threatening side effect.
Excessive Amounts Of Salt
The average packet of ramen noodle seasoning has between 1.5 to 2 g of sodium. The recommended daily intake of sodium for dogs is 100 mg per 30 lbs of body weight.
It makes the levels of sodium in a ramen seasoning packet as much as 20 times what most dogs need. The high salt intake could cause all sorts of issues for the dog, from dehydration to kidney failure.
Most ramen noodles and their seasoning packets include artificial preservatives meant to increase their shelf life. These preservatives are likely to have numerous long-term side effects on the dog’s health.
The worst part is that the effects are very non-specific. However, continuous exposure to the chemicals could contribute to their risk of developing cancer for many dogs.
The herb you have to worry about in this case is thyme which is a common feature in many ramen noodle seasoning packets. Those that include dried versions of the herb are the worst as the dog may not be able to fully digest the fibers.
This results in digestive issues for the pooch, including bloating, constipation, and general discomfort.
Chilli Powder Or Paste
What is ramen without a bit of a hot, spicy kick? Well, for dogs to handle this degree of spiciness, it usually results in almost immediate digestive irritation.
If the dog consumes large amounts of ramen and spicy broth, they may even end up with serious complications like excessive thirst, ulceration of the digestive tract, and other gastrointestinal problems including inflammation-related pain, gas, and bloody diarrhea.