If you’ve been bringing home the bacon for a while now, there’s no doubt your dog has noticed. If your pet is lucky enough to get table scraps, he may have even gotten a taste of this tasty treat. But can dogs eat pork? You might already know that some human foods are toxic to pets—grapes and raisins can be deadly for dogs, for example—and wonder if pork falls into that category as well. Fortunately, in moderation, pork isn’t bad for dogs. Before you start serving pork with every meal or make it your go-to training treat, though, here’s what you need to know about giving it to your dog:
Dogs and Pork Bones
While it might seem like a good idea to give your dog a pork bone, you should not do so. There are two main reasons for this:
- Pork bones may splinter when chewed by dogs and cause serious internal injuries, including perforations of the gastrointestinal tract or colon (which can lead to life-threatening infections) or blockages that require surgery.
- The transmission of trichinosis from uncooked meat products is one reason why you should not feed your dog pork bones—even if they have been cooked!
Dogs and Pork Fat
It’s important to remember that dogs’ digestive systems are very different from humans. Dogs can’t eat pork fat because it’s not good for them. Fat can cause pancreatitis, diarrhea, obesity and heart disease in dogs. It can also lead to cancer if they eat too much of it over time. In addition to being unhealthy for your dog, pork fat is extremely salty so you’re adding more salt into their diet as well as other chemicals used during the processing of pig meat products like bacon.
Pork Is Not Bad for Dogs, But…
Although pork is not bad for dogs, it has some restrictions.
- Dogs should not eat pork bones. While they may be tempted by the smell and taste of a bone, they can become lodged in the throat or digestive tract of your pet.
- Dogs should not eat pork fat. The fat in pork can cause pancreatitis if consumed in large quantities by dogs with sensitive stomachs or other health issues related to digestion and absorption of nutrients from food sources within their bodies.
- Dogs should not eat raw pork or any other type of meat that has been left out too long before being cooked or eaten by humans. Raw meats have bacteria that cause food poisoning and illness when ingested by dogs—especially those with weak immune systems (such as puppies).
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when feeding your dog pork. It’s not inherently bad for them, but the way it’s prepared and how much they eat can make it risky. If you take the right precautions, though, it shouldn’t be a problem for them at all. As long as you don’t feed your dog something that has been seasoned or cooked with fats or oils that could harm him, he should be fine!