Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Maltese dog looking at a plate of food

Many owners want to share what’s on their plate or are interested in making their own dog food. If you’re one of them, you may be asking yourself, “Can dogs eat pork?” The answer is, maybe. See if pork is bad for dogs with the animal experts at The Rescue Vets to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy.

Is Pork Bad for Dogs?

Much of this answer depends on preparation. Many people cook pork with spices that can be dangerous for dogs, such as onion or garlic powder. Cured pork, like bacon, is also not recommended as it is high in fat and salt. Along with not being great for your dog’s waistline, it’s also not great for their health.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Pork?

Plain cooked pork could be given in small quantities without major issues. Still, large amounts of pork should be avoided as it is a rich meat and could potentially cause gastrointestinal issues. If you want to feed your dog pork, start with a small amount at first to make sure they can tolerate it.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Pork?

No. Raw or undercooked pork should never be fed to dogs. This meat can carry parasites like trichinosis, which can cause gastrointestinal issues. Symptoms of trichinosis can vary, but can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Elevated fever
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Pain and stiffness

If your dog experiences these symptoms, you’ll want to consult your veterinarian. They’ll take a medical history and perform fecal and blood testing to help rule out other causes.

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Can Dogs Eat Pork Bones?

While a bone may seem like a nice treat, pork bones can be dangerous. Cooked bones become brittle and can splinter during chewing. This can cause choking, as well as punctures or damage to the esophagus and internal organs. The risk of splintering is lower with uncooked bones, but choking is still a possibility. Dental chews or Kong toys stuffed with peanut butter will provide a safe treat that they can chew to their heart’s content.

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