Can I Give My Dog Bacon?

Can I Give My Dog Bacon?Bacon is a common food, especially breakfast time. It’s known to be unhealthy but delicious nonetheless. Just the smell of bacon can make your dog’s mouth water. The aroma of pork strips is detected even before the frying begins!

So what to do when your dog starts begging for bacon? At the very least, anything new given to a dog should be closely scrutinized. We’ll do that here with bacon to get your answer.

Rich, greasy and fatty pork is harmful for dogs. Canine pancreatitis can develop from eating too much bacon. Your dog may love the smell and taste but they really shouldn’t be eating it.

Can I Give My Dog Bacon? Answer: No

You shouldn’t give bacon to your dogs because it’s pretty bad for their long term health

You want your dog around for many years. Of course, it can be hard to say no, especially when they give you certain puppy dog looks. Be strong and don’t provide them with bacon. Even giving it only occasionally just isn’t worth it. Alternatively, you could try out some healthy bacon-flavored dog treats.

Eating rich and fatty foods, such as bacon, can cause inflammation of your dog’s pancreas. This organ is located behind the stomach and is responsible for releasing digestive enzymes so the body can properly absorb and digest food. When this important gland becomes inflamed, it ceases to function efficiently.

Dogs at Risk of Pancreatitis

All dog breeds are prone to pancreatitis from such a poor diet. Since signs of pancreatic problems cannot usually be distinguished from the symptoms of other ailments, this can easily go unnoticed. That is, until your pet dog becomes very sick. Small breeds and energetic dogs are especially susceptible to this disease. That includes Cocker Spaniels, Poodles and Terrier dogs. If you have a larger breed like a German Shepherd or Great Dane, even these types of canines can be affected by a serious case of pancreatitis.

Too much salt content, in any food, can cause other problems like bloating and twisting of the intestines. Such symptoms can then lead to more serious conditions or even death. Feeding your dog bacon just isn’t worth it.

Know the Telltale Signs

Early indications of pancreatitis may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Many of the typical symptoms are similar to those found in other conditions like food poisoning or a drug overdose. So, it’s difficult to trace some of these signs to your dog having pancreas problems.

Your vet may need to perform blood work in order to accurately diagnose the type of ailment affecting your dog. In any case, having a policy of never feeding them bacon will help to put your mind at ease.

Bacon Grease is Terrible

Bacon grease is even worse than bacon itself. All the unhealthy fats are present in the grease in a more concentrated form. This can clog your dog’s arteries. Too much greasy oil in any food is very bad for the heart. Your dogs will love the taste of bacon grease, but they don’t know what’s good for them. Only a good dog owner will withhold bacon and its grease for a special canine friend.

Raw & Cooked Bacon

Bacon isn’t good for your dog, whether raw or cooked, period! Feeding raw bacon can result in diarrhea. There could even be parasites, worms and bacteria present in the meat. The curing procedure for preparing it involves a nasty chemical process and the preservatives can lead to kidney, liver, and heart damage. If you insist on occasionally giving your dogs some bacon then purchase a type that’s lean, unsalted and cook it in virgin olive oil.

Conclusion on Bacon

Instead of bacon, feed your dog nutritious food with low filler ingredients. This usually can not be found in people foods. Find a high quality brand of dog food that offers the right balance. Never give in to your dogs when they start begging for bacon strips. It’s because you love your dogs that you will refuse to give them foods that can lead to poor long term health.

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Clarence October, 2014

I love my “Buttercup” and don’t want to harm her health. Thank you for the advice.

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Anonymous September, 2014

Sorry Toby, no bacon for you :(

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Pearlie July, 2014

Thanks for your info on bacon. My big concern now is why my dog has seizures? He is an 4 year old Dachshund who just started having seizures about 8 months ago. He has maybe 2 per month.

Could certain foods cause seizures in dogs? He hasn’t to my knowledge fallen and hit his head so I’m wondering where they are coming from? I really don’t want to put him on seizure medication without first finding out if it’s related to something else. I would rather go with a holistic approach. Do you have any advice or suggestions for me?

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John May, 2014

I gave my dog grilled strips of bacon 3 days in a row simply because someone gave them to me. I didn’t know not to give him bacon. He is behaving a bit unusual but does not look in pain. I gave him 650mg Troscan (de-wormer) thinking it could be worms. He is eating grass and throwing up at least twice a day since. No more bacon! Could he still get Pancreatitis from this? He never had bacon before. He is a small-medium Terrier.

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Terence May, 2014

As your Terrier does not look to be in pain, I don’t think he is suffering from pancreatitis. Don’t give him any bacon, raw or cooked in future.

Many veterinarians consider grass eating a normal dog behavior. While dogs don’t gain anything of real nutritional value from grass, it also may not hurt them — as long as there are no dangerous fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides used on the grass itself.

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Terence March, 2014

Fulminant necrotizing pancreatitis is an acute, extremely severe, usually fatal form of pancreatitis. In hours, your dog will go into shock. Dogs may vomit or simply show signs of severe abdominal pain. If you suspect this problem, get your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

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