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Can Dogs Eat Ham?

YES, dogs can eat ham if prepared well (with no fat trimmings or seasoning) and in extreme moderation.

Can dogs eat ham?

Why You Can Feed Your Dog Ham

Technically, dogs can eat most things around you. Just because they can does not mean they should. This is especially true for ham- a kind of meat that humans might love but sadly cannot feed their loved dogs unless they want a big mess (in the form of poop, sickness and bills).

During the holiday season, tables are filled with ham and it is only natural to want to share some with our beloved companions- our dogs. Dogs, however, cannot eat ham without paying the price for it.

You think you are being kind to your dog. Because ham is one of your favorites, you would like the dog to have a plateful of ham too. But you have to consider the fact that ham is cured pork. Aside from being loaded with fat, ham is high in sodium content too. Ham would even be more dangerous if the ham bone is given to the dog to “clean”. Bone splinters can get stuck in the mouth or ingested and perforate the stomach and the intestines.

The Problems With Feeding Your Dog Ham

Sarah from Sarah’s Dogs reports that vets would tell you that they get a lot of visits from pets and pet owners after the holidays. Humans stuff themselves with holiday foods and pets gorge on leftovers. Hams and other rich and fatty delicacies can be the comfort food of humans but these foods can bring the dog a lot of discomfort. Giving the dog large quantities of fatty and salty ham would result to stomach upset as the dog’s system finds it hard to digest the human food. The dog would vomit and have diarrhea. It would even be more alarming if the situation causes the inflammation of the dog’s pancreas. This medical condition is known as pancreatitis. Severe inflammation would result to the secretion of the pancreatic enzymes which will digest the dog’s own pancreas. The organs surrounding the pancreas can be auto digested as well often resulting to the death of the pet.

Obesity, heart problems, arthritis are only some of the medical conditions that would result if the dog were habitually fed fatty and salty human foods. Giving ham or ham trimmings to a Great Dane, to a Doberman pinscher, to a Boxer or to any other large dog breeds can result to bloat. Fatty and salty ham would make these large and deep-chested dogs drink water rapidly. In doing so, the dog will take in more air as well. Bloat is a fatal condition that can lead to the death of the dog is the swallowed air causes the stomach to twist causing air, food and water to be trapped in the stomach. This will obstruct the flow of blood to the veins. Other internal organs will be damaged. In a matter of minutes the dog can die.

Sarah also reports that ham and other people food would provide a variety to the seemingly unappetizing dry dog food. Ham and other human food can be given to the pet as long as it is done in moderation. The dog will savor a piece of ham with the fat removed. Dry dog food must always be the main diet of the dog and these human foods must only be given as treats. Needless to say, dry dog food is especially formulated for our four legged friends. This diet would make the pet’s waist trim and at the same time will ensure the stool would be firm.

Finally, I always like to add at the end of meat articles, of course there is someone out there who has been feeding their dog ham and the dog is doing perfectly fine. I am sure that is true but just because it does no harm to someone else’s dog does not mean your dog is completely safe. Is it worth taking the chance? I would consider that question, at least, before you decide to feed a large quantity of ham to your dog.

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  1. Monty Solich on

    Chinese dry-cured hams have been recorded in texts since before the Song dynasty and used in myriad dishes. Several types exist in Qing dynasty cuisine and are used in dishes of stewing hams.

  2. Is there anyway of getting the salt out of the ham e.g. boiling it? Also is processed meat like chicken,turkey, salami just all sorts of mixed deli meats ok fordogs to eat? I want to make cookies for my dogs an was going to put cooked minced up bits of the meat with rice flour oats eggs an bit of chicken stock. Will it b ok??

    • I’m not really sure about that one. Chicken stock has a lot of sodium, and massive amounts of sodium is never good -for anyone- but the most important thing to remember about foods such as ham is that dogs are most adversely affected by them in large quantities.

  3. I was thinking of mixing in some leftover ham from Easter (it would be about 1 to 2 lbs of ham) in the dog food that I make for my dog. I generally have 5-g lbs of chicken and 2 cups of rice, some veggies (mostly kidney beans, black beans and Lima beans, and sometimes some spinach and garbonzo beans), 1 to 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, cottage cheese, and a couple other things. This will last about a week of feeding.

  4. Please please do not feed you dig a large amount of haram. I gave my dog a ham from the freezer I was cleaning out. He puked. Did not feel well. Thought he ate himself suck. That was now 3 days ago. He really wasn’t feeling well last night, told myself I would take him to the get today. Now it’s too late. He’s gone. I had no idea about the risk of dogs eating Ham. Very hard lesson to learn because now my Louie is gone.

  5. Pork fatty? It depends on the cut… Actually pork belongs to the white meat category and it has less fat than beef … 100 gr of ham has 4 gr of fat … Which is not much!! Chicken breasts without skin usually have the same amount of fat… Beef even the leanest type has around 8-10 gr …

  6. It was said best earlier..can you? Yes. Should you? Not so much. We need to realize pups are not humans (even though they eat homemade food on China Plates and sleep on a $4000 bed) their makeup isn’t the same as ours. Please read up BEFORE you let them eat. Too many beans/veggies (Gastro distress like us) Rice is empty calories. Always think protein. My vet approved recipe:3 lbs ground turkey, 1 can each sliced carrots and mixed veggies, 1 1/2 cups cooked rice. YUMMY. If you need to stretch it a bit more, add 1 can PURE pumpkin (don’t mix up with pie mix) healthy chocked full of good protein and veggies. I usually just keep a can of pumpkin nearby in case they get hungry before mealtime. Filling and good.

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