As human foods, tortilla chips can cause some gastrointestinal issues in dogs when eaten excessively. They are high in sodium, which can lead to dehydration and other symptoms if too much is consumed. They are also high in fat, which contributes to weight gain and potentially long term health issues like heart disease. In addition, they are often fried in unhealthy oils and may contain spices or ingredients that can trigger food sensitivities or allergies.
The occasional plain tortilla chip can be safe for most dogs as a treat, but they should not be part of a regular diet. If a dog is eating large amounts of tortilla chips, owners should monitor them for signs of digestive discomfort, such as vomiting and lethargy. They should also be careful not to feed flavored tortilla chips, as these may contain additional ingredients that are unsafe for dogs.
Tortilla chips can also be a choking hazard for dogs, especially if they are eaten whole or crumbled and are not chewed thoroughly before swallowing. They are also high in carbohydrates and may contain food allergens, which can trigger bloating or digestive upset.
It is generally best to avoid tortilla chips and other fried, processed human snacks altogether. Instead, offer your dogs healthy, nutrient-dense snack options such as: