Can dogs eat pork?
In this article, we will be answering the question can dogs eat pork.
There is a lot of debate in the pet community over whether or not dogs should be eating pork. The answer to the question can dogs eat pork is that in reality it really depends on the kind of dog you have.
Dangers in Feeding Your Dog Pork
Pork in itself is as harmless to dogs as chicken, beef or any other kind of meat. However, there is a slight risk of your dog being infected with trichinosis by eating pork. Trichinosis, also known as trichinellosis, is a worldwide, food borne disease caused by an intestinal roundworm, uncommon in the United States. Both humans and pets that eat raw or undercooked meat of infected animals, including the pork from pigs, can develop the disease. Undercooked or raw meat of infected animals contains the roundworm. The disease can lead to muscle soreness and pain together with swelling of the upper eyelids in mild cases but can lead to more severe symptoms. Therefore, instead of the pork, it is really the intestinal roundworm in the pig’s stomach that makes the meat dangerous for your dog.
How to Feed Your Dog Pork
If you would like to feed pork but want to take all necessary precautions, it is recommended that the pork be frozen for 3 weeks to kill the parasite. The most important precaution is to make sure that all fresh pork and pork products are properly cooked. Other raw and undercooked meat should also be avoided, especially meat from wild animals.
Sometimes, dogs can eat pork if they are eating the leaner cuts. The thicker, fattier cuts of pork are what can make a dog very sick! You also need to watch out for the bones because that can make a dog very sick. They can splinter and the dog can choke on them. This is how pork can be life threatening for your dog.
Manifestations of Dogs Eating Pork
Some smaller dogs, like Pugs and French Bulldogs, have reported that eating pork makes their stomach upset and proves to be quite dangerous for them in general. Other dogs report that eating pork is really not a big deal to them and that in fact, eating pork is something that they can do without any side effects at all.
Some dogs can eat a large amount of pork without having any stomach issues, and they will be able to go about their life without experiencing anything different. Other dogs will have mild stomachaches when they by mistake eat pork.
Pork Allergies in Dogs
Something to note is that 50% of the dogs out there will report having some kind of an allergy to pork. This allergy is usually something that you can see developing overtime in a dog. If a dog has never been fed pork before and you all of a sudden start feeding it to them, they might start to develop a stomachache. This is quite natural for them. Sometimes (but not always) if a dog is fed some pork from the time that they are small, there is a chance that they will not be developing stomach aches from them because their body is accustomed to eating pork by the time they are growing up.
In conclusion, we would say that the answer to the question can dogs eat pork is no. We feel this way because there are so many other kinds of food that you can feed your dog without them being in danger of being harmed from it that it makes absolutely no sense to try to feed them pork. Also, it is hard to tell exactly which kind of dogs are most affected by pork, but as of now it seems that the dogs that are smaller are affected quickly and more severely than the bigger dogs.