Can Dogs Consume Pork?

White dog standing next to plate of pork strips

Chances are you've eaten bacon in front of your dog before if you recognize big eyes, a dripping mouth, and an eager look. Bacon and other pig products are probably popular household staples and, unexpectedly, the result of a lot of pleading from our canine friends. And it's simple to see why, as pig products have a powerful and tasty fragrance that may be as enticing to our dogs as it is to us. But is sharing safe?

Dogs are carnivores by nature, thus animal protein makes up a sizable amount of their diet. Due of this, many dog owners don't really think twice about giving their dogs a bit of pork or even the aforementioned slice of bacon. However, there are a number of conditions that must be satisfied before your dog may safely consume pork, and the pork that humans eat frequently fails the test.

When Pork Isn’t Okay for Dogs

Before you give your dog pork, it’s very important that you know what’s safe and what’s not.

To begin with, dogs can only consume cooked pork. A pork product that is uncooked or otherwise undercooked is harmful to both people and dogs because it may carry Trichinella parasites, which can lead to unpleasant side effects like diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and discomfort.

So what about pig on a diet of raw dog food? The pork has been appropriately prepared for this sort of eating, usually by freezing it for a predetermined amount of time to efficiently eradicate any bothersome parasites. Even premium pork that is purchased uncooked from the grocery store has not gone through the same process.

Dogs can only eat plain pork, which is another important point to make here. All of the substances we use to flavor pork—garlic, onion, chili powder, mustard, and a ton of salt—pose significant risks to our dogs' digestive systems. The cooked pork off a human's plate, including that piece of fried bacon, is therefore too opulent for your dog. No ham, no bacon, no cured pork of any type for Fido.

Then, dogs should not consume hog fat. The majority of pig items include a lot of fat, and many of those still have fat on them after cooking. Due to pancreatic inflammation and irritation, this fat is extremely difficult for dogs to digest and can be a prelude to significant stomach distress.

And lastly, don't give dogs fried pig bones. Any cooked bone that splinters increases the danger of choking and/or digestive tract damage. Keep to the pet store's selection of bones and antlers.

How to Feed Pork to Your Dog

If you adhere to the aforementioned recommendations, pork may not necessarily be a complete no-no for your dog. Pork must be specifically prepared if you want to serve it to your dog. That entails leaving out any spice and ensuring sure the pork is properly cooked and free of any visible fat. The same applies to just setting a pork chop in front of your dog and calling it a day. If your dog has never eaten anything before, it's very important to divide it up into little pieces and feed only a small quantity.

After giving your dog anything that isn't part of their regular diet, including pork, keep a tight check on them. Any stomach discomfort, lethargicness, vomiting, diarrhea, or other unsettling side effects should be kept an eye on, and your dog should be sent to the doctor if these symptoms do not disappear quickly.

Should You Feed Your Dog Pork?

Pork is not one of the many meals that humans consume that can be safely given to dogs without raising any serious concerns. Your dog will probably be fine if you adhere to the aforementioned recommendations and feed them in moderation, but given the abundance of alternative foods available, you might be better off avoiding using that particular human food entirely.

I'm sorry, but you'll just have to appreciate the bacon through the scent. However, we assure you that there are lots of other mouthwatering options available for you, such as carrots, peanut butter, and a wide variety of fruits.