When it comes to your dog, skip the bacon
If wide eyes, a drooling mouth, and an intent stare sound familiar, then chances are, you have eaten a piece of bacon in front of your dog before. Bacon and other pork products may be common staples in the home, and unsurprisingly, the product of much begging on the part of our canine friends. And it’s easy to understand why, since pork products offer a strong and savory aroma that is as mouthwatering to our dogs as it may be to humans. But is it safe to share?
Dogs are carnivores by nature, and a large portion of their diet is made up of protein from meat. For this reason, a lot of dog parents don’t really give a second thought to handing over a piece of pork, or even of that aforementioned slice of bacon. The problem, however, is that there are quite a few variables that need to be met for your dog to safely enjoy pork, and the pork that humans eat usually doesn’t pass the test.
When Pork Can Be Dangerous for Dogs
Before you start assembling the perfect pork roast for you and your dogs dinner, evaluate which preparation methods are safe for your pooch, and which are probably going to give him stomach issues.
Can Dogs Eat Pork Bones Safely?
Bones from common pork products, like pork rib bones or pork chop bones, are a hazard for dogs to eat, Schmid says. They can poke a dog in the mouth or gums, but more importantly they can become “foreign body obstructions” (a fancy word for anything that blocks up a dogs digestive system that didnt start in your dogs body).
“Pork bones, cooked or uncooked, are a risk to dogs for causing obstructions that may require surgery,” Schmid says. Because the bones—especially dry, cooked bones—are especially prone to breaking off during chewing, she warns: “Slivers of bones can perforate the intestinal tract, leading to sepsis and death.”
Better safe than sorry, so steer away from giving pork bones to your dog. The same goes for pork rib bones.
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Can dogs eat cooked pork chops?
Can dogs eat loin pork chops?
What meat should dogs not eat?
Bacon, bacon grease, ham, and fat trimmed off meat or bones contains a lot of salt and/or fat and at the least can cause indigestion, vomiting, and diarrhea in both dogs and cats. These foods can also cause pancreatitis, a serious, potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas.