By Andrew Fischer
Why shouldn't dogs eat bacon?
Although giving your dog some bacon may be tempting, think twice before you do so. Even though dogs love the smell and taste of bacon, this food is definitely not the healthiest one for them.
Several studies confirmed that processed meats such as bacon are carcinogenic. Also, bacon contains high amounts of fat and salt which can be too much for your dog’s tummy to handle.
Dogs eating bacon are also known to often develop pancreatitis, which is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. This condition often occurs when dogs eat too many fatty treats. Pancreatitis is a quite serious condition for dogs and often requires veterinary treatment.
Bacon also has high salt content, which often leads to increased thirst in dogs who consume it. The consequence is that dogs who eat salty food drink excessive amounts of water, which can lead to bloating. This puts extreme pressure on other organs, which is often life-threatening.
Can bacon be given as an occasional treat?
Before deciding whether to offer some bacon to your dog or not, it should be noted that the damage bacon can do varies on the specific size and breed of your dog.
Knowing all the health risks of feeding bacon to dogs, if you have nevertheless decided to give bacon to your dog, the maximum serving size for a treat would be a one-fourth strip for small dogs and a one-half strip for bigger breeds such as Labradors or German Shepherds. Also, you shouldn’t give your dog more than two such servings per week.
To conclude, it’s usually recommended to keep dogs away from bacon just to avoid any unnecessary harm to their health. If you insist on giving bacon to your dog, follow the recommended serving sizes above.
Can my dog eat ham?
Ham is also very salty, which means its consumption may also cause pancreatitis, diarrhea, thirst, and bloating in your dog.
Also. ham has a higher fat content than many other types of meat. Dogs need some fat but the amount of fat in ham is unnecessarily high. Too much fat can also lead to pancreatitis and to other digestive health problems.
It’s therefore advisable you avoid giving ham and other similarly salty products to dogs.
Can my dog eat pork bones?
All types of bones are quite dangerous for dogs. Every year thousands of dogs end up in the emergency room from eating bones.
Cooked bones are probably the most dangerous form of bones for dogs. Once cooked they become fragile and can easily splinter into sharp pieces and cause damage to your dog’s gums or internal organs.
Uncooked bones are much safer but can still occasionally splinter and cause injury to your dog.