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Can dogs eat pork?

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.

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  1. Montana Sky here. I wouldn’t suggest giving bacon. I had that a few years ago, literally a little cooked crumb. I immediately started throwing up and throwing up blood! Mom called the vet in a panic but they reassured her that I didn’t have to come in to be seen but not to feed me bacon ever again and to watch me really closely. After I stopped throwing up I was fine again. Not so much as even a crumb of cooked bacon should I have. Vet said there’s something in pork that we just don’t have the enzyme to digest. I wouldn’t suggest any dog have bacon for any reason. Mom’s been looking up on whether bacon grease is okay for me when I run out of vegetable oil since I refuse to eat my kibble without either vegetable oil or olive oil drizzled over my kibble. Some articles say a little is okay, others say it can give pancreatitis. But mom is scared I’ll starve since I won’t eat my kibble without something on it and all we have for a few more weeks is bacon grease. She has can of it and only gives me a tiny bit of melted grease. She puts the can’s side next to hot water and when it starts to melt, just that first little bit does she pour on my food. I don’t feel anything when she does it. No stomach aches no throwing up or throwing up blood. Next month we’ll be back to our vegetable oil on our food when we have the money.

  2. Wow, This Says A LOT Because My Dog, Snickers, She’s Eaten Any Kind Of Meat But Not Get Sick. But Now I Worry About Her Because She Is Still Growing, And I Truly Hope Ashe Doesn’t Have A Problem. Plus, She Is NOT A Big Dog, She’s As Tiny As A, We’ll A Tiny Dog. And She’s Eaten Pork Several Times, She’s Chewed On Bones, And She’s Eaten Fat From Like, Turkey Or Something.
    And I Am SUPER Worried She Has A Infection. So… What Happens If A Dog Eats Chocolate, Lives But Is Not Sick From It???

  3. meredith mericle on

    What happened? Not that long ago dogs could and would be fed everything. I never lost a dog in my youth from eating anything we ate. Have we pampered their immune systems into being worthless and unable to tolerate the food their ancestors have enjoyed for centuries?

  4. I make soup with chilled pork ribs at least 3 or 4 times a week and feed the meat off the bones to my poodle after it’s been cooked for a couple of hours. There has never been a problem.

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