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Can Dogs Eat Cooked Pork?

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Pork?
Can dogs eat cooked pork

Due to their carnivorous nature, dogs love to eat meat. Additionally to them absolutely loving the taste of it, meat is packed with proteins. And you bet that proteins are as good for dogs as they are for humans! They keep them lean, with healthy joints and muscles and of course — at a lower risk from suffering of diabetes or pancreatitis. But what type of meat should we give to our canines? We already know that chicken and turkey are a great choice. But what about pork? Can dogs eat cooked pork? Lets find out together.

Can dogs eat pork?

The answer to this question is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no. While in most cases it will be safe to feed your dog pork, there are some certain instances where you should most definitely avoid it.

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Can dogs eat cooked pork?

Plain and cooked pork is perfectly fine for canines, as long as you don’t add any seasoning, herbs or additional fat to it.

Some seasonings that you may love to add to your pork could even be highly toxic for your dog. These include:

  1. Garlic powder
  2. Onion powder
  3. Nutmeg

BBQ sauce and other sauces that contain a lot of salt or sugar should also be avoided.

Can I feed my dog raw pork?

No! No one should eat raw pork, either it’s your dog, cat, or you. Raw pork can be contaminated with a parasite named Trichinella Spiralis, if you ever watched Dr. House you most likely already know what this parasite does. The larvae of the parasite can sometimes be found in raw pork meat. They get inside your body after you ingest the meat, and after that they can find it’s way into your muscles or even brain. The same can happen to your dog, which in worst case scenarios can lead to serious organ damage or even death.

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As serious as this condition is, it will produce only mild symptoms (like vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle pain or lethargy) until the damage is already done.

How much pork can I feed to my dog?

If you are feeding your dog pork for the first time, start slow. Give them a modest amount until you are sure that their stomach can take it. After that, start to increase the sizes one by one. Pork is one of those meats that are pretty likely to cause allergic reactions in canines. That’s why it’s so important not to give them large amounts all at once.

Additionally, pork is also fairly rich in fat. Diets that contain high levels of fat can lead to the development of pancreatitis in dogs. That’s why it’s so crucial to take it slow.

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Can dogs eat pork bones?

As tempted as you may be feelings to give your dog that leftover bone after dinner, please don’t do it. As much as dogs love to chew on those gigantic bones, they aren’t completely safe. While they are safer than, for example, chicken bones, there is still some risk left. Especially cooked bones can be fragile and a splinter could easily come off possibly injuring your dog’s intestines. If your dog does enjoy a good bone, consider a high-quality, edible dental bone as an alternative.

I think my dog is allergic to pork. What are the alternatives?

If you do find that pork upsets your dog’s stomach, don’t worry at all — there are plenty of alternatives. And most of them are even a better choice. Chicken is one of the most affordable meats out there. In addition to that, the nutritional value is amazing too. It’s packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and those good and healthy fats. However, always make sure that you cook it plain and unseasoned, to avoid those unnecessary and possibly toxic ingredients.

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