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Are hot cheetos bad for dogs
For dogs that have a food sensitivity, there may be something a bit more subtle at play: Cheetos are high in sodium, so if the dog has a sensitivity to that ingredient, it may develop bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting as the body attempts to rid itself of that excess.
And because of the way they may be heated, they're an especially pernicious problem for hot summer days. In a new study in Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine, investigators identified a possible link between cheetos and hot-weather hyponatremia — a condition in which the dog's body fluid levels fall to dangerously low levels.
A Dog's Body Just Can't Handle Cheetos
The paper is co-authored by a group of veterinary scientists at Texas A&,M University, who also had to go to the rescue when they accidentally found a number of dogs' owners with food allergies having problems with their dogs, and also in some cases finding themselves sick with a "cheetophobia" reaction to eating cheetos.
"In three cases, owners reported that they had eaten foods for their dogs that were later determined to be sensitive, including hot cheetos,” said first author and Texas A&,M University veterinary clinical assistant professor, Matthew A. Brown, M.D., Ph.D. “In two cases, owners reported experiencing gastrointestinal signs when they provided cheetos to their dogs. It is clear that owners did not report these gastrointestinal signs to the veterinary care team, and unfortunately their dogs were treated for hyponatremia. The dogs were presented with various gastrointestinal signs, and one was eventually hospitalized for two days before recovering.”
The paper, "Hot Cheetos and hyponatremia in pets: Three cases, two owners, and a lesson in prevention," by Matthew A. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., R.D.V.M. (Dr. Brown), A.M.C.V.E. (R.D.V.M.), M. Lindsay Puckett, D.V.M., P.A. (D.V.M.), Rebecca G. Deem, D.V.M. (D.V.M.), Emily W. Fitch, M.B.B.S. (B.S.), and Michelle M. Jones, D.V.M. (D.V.M.), is published in the October 2017 issue of The Veterinary Journal. The authors are in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&,M University.
The paper is available on request.
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