Can Dogs Eat Pork?
If wide eyes, drooling mouth, and a staring stare sound familiar, then you've likely eaten a piece of bacon in front of your dog before . Bacon and other pork products are common household staples, and unsurprisingly the product of many begging by our canine friends. And it's easy to understand why, as pork products offer a strong, flavorful aroma that is just as delicious to our dogs as it is to us. But is sharing safe?
Dogs are carnivores by nature, and a large part of their diet is made up of protein from meat. For this reason, many dog parents don't really think about handing over a piece of pork, or even that slice of bacon mentioned above. However, the problem is that there are quite a few variables that must be met in order for your dog to safely enjoy the pig, and the pig they were eating generally fails the test.
When pig is not okay for dogs
Before giving your dog pork, it is very important that you know that can dogs eat pork? What is safe and what is not.
If a pork product is raw or undercooked, it is dangerous for both humans and canines, as it can contain trichinella parasites that can cause pain, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea and other not so important side effects.
What about pork on a raw dog food diet? The difference here is that the pork has been properly treated for this type of consumption, usually through a freezing process for a set period of time to effectively kill those pesky parasites. Grocery store standard raw pork, even high-quality pork, hasn't received the same treatment.
A second thing worth noting here is that dogs can only eat plain pork . The ingredients we use to make pork flavorful (for example, garlic, onion, chili powder, mustard, and lots and lots of salt) pose a potential danger to our puppies' stomachs. That means the cooked pork on your plate, including that slice of fried bacon, is too decadent for your canine companion. There is no ham or bacon for Fido, no cured pork products of any kind.
Next, dogs shouldn't eat pork fat . Most pork products are heavy in fat, and many still have sections of fat in them after cooking. This fat is very difficult for dogs to digest and can be a precursor to some serious stomach upset, particularly due to inflammation and irritation in the pancreas.
And finally, there are no cooked pork bones for dogs. . Any cooked bone can splinter and pose a choking and / or tear hazard to the digestive system. Stick to the bones and antlers you get from the pet store.
How to feed your dog pork
Pig is not necessarily a total ban for your dog, as long as you avoid the above guidelines. If you want to feed your puppy pork, you will need to prepare it specially. That means there are no seasonings, and making sure any obvious fat is removed and the pork is fully cooked. Likewise, you shouldn't just throw a pork chop in front of your dog and call it a day. It is crucial that you hand it out and only give small pieces and a limited quantity, especially if your dog hasn't had it before.
Keep a close eye on your dog after feeding him anything that is outside of his standard diet, including pork. Any upset stomach, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other worrisome side effects should be controlled, and your dog should be taken to the vet if it doesn't go away in a short period of time.
Should You Feed Your Dog Pork?
There are many human foods that can be safely fed to your dog without worrying too much about it, but pork is not one of them. If you follow all of the above guidelines and feed only trace amounts your dog will probably be fine, but with so many other options available it could be a human food that is best left out of the equation.
Sorry puppy, but you're going to have to enjoy that bacon just from the smell. However, we promise that there are many other delicious things available to you, including carrots, peanut butter, and many different types of fruits.
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