Can I Give My Dog Bacon?

Can I Give My Dog Bacon?Bacon is an unhealthy yet common food, especially during breakfast time. Certainly delicious, just the smell can make your dog’s mouth water. The aroma of pork strips is quickly detected even before the frying begins!

So what to do when Fido starts begging you for bacon? At the very least, this type of meat is a bad feeding habit for dogs. But let’s take a closer look at sharing these juicy meat strips with a best buddy.

Rich, greasy and fatty pork is harmful for animals too and that’s just a fact. Canine pancreatitis can definitely develop from eating too much bacon. Your dog may love the smell and taste but they really should not be eating it.

Can I Give My Dog Bacon? Answer: No

A small taste can turn into sharing more regularly and this is seriously bad for long term health.

Forget feeding pure bacon because you want your dog to be around for many years. It can be hard to say no, especially when they give you certain looks, but be strong and don’t provide your dog with any of your crispy bacon. Even giving it only occasionally just isn’t worth it. Luckily, there are excellent dog treats that incorporate bacon but also contain healthy bone marrow and vitamins A, D and E.

Bacon & Pancreatitis

Eating rich and very fatty foods, like bacon, can sadly cause inflammation of your dog’s pancreas. When this gland becomes inflamed, it may cease to function efficiently and terrible health problems develop. All dog breeds are prone to pancreatitis, usually from a poor diet, and signs can easily go unnoticed until it’s too late. Make no mistake about it, eating too much bacon can seriously harm your dog.

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 worrying conditions or even death. So, again, feeding your dog bacon just isn’t worth it!

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. A vet may need to perform blood work in order to accurately diagnose such a condition. In any case, having a policy of never feeding your dog bacon will put your mind at ease.

About Bacon Grease

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 dog may love the taste of bacon grease, but they don’t know what’s good for them. A good dog owner will withhold bacon and its grease for a special canine friend.

Raw & Cooked Bacon

Whether raw or cooked, obviously bacon isn’t good for your pet dog. In raw form it may cause in diarrhea but there could also be parasites, worms and bacteria in the meat. The curing procedure for preparing bacon involves a nasty chemical process and the preservatives could contribute to kidney, liver, and heart damage. If you insist on occasionally giving your dog some crispy bacon then purchase it lean and unsalted and cook it in virgin olive oil.

Conclusion on Bacon

Don’t share any bacon with your pet dog, whether they beg for it or not. This type of bad feeding habit will surely lead to poor long term health and eventually some medical problems. Bacon strips are tasty but this popular greasy food can wreak havoc on your dog in the form of pancreatitis and other serious conditions. The grease from bacon is even worse. Forget about these breakfast pork strips. There are healthy dog treats with a bit of bacon and cheese flavor which would be a much better choice.

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Luke May, 2016

I gave my dog a small piece of fat on some bacon I was eating. Will this harm him badly?


Andrew December, 2015

My friends give their dogs little bits of diced beacon with less than a teaspoon of beacon grease. They have been doing this for years and swear it makes their dogs coat shinny and have never had an issue. So the question is in very small amounts is it still a danger?


Jay Dees July, 2015

Our dog is 15 years old and started refusing to eat regular dog food of any kind at 11 years old. Now we give her Turkey bacon which our vet says is okay in moderation. The thing is, she doesn’t really like it until it’s burnt to a crisp. Go figure!


Dee June, 2015

I had a dog that was half Poodle and half Lhasa Apso. I had her for 16 years and she weighed 16 pounds. She never ate dog food and instead ate what we ate. I made her plate just like I did for my kids. We went to the vet 2 times a year. The vet could not believe how healthy she was considering she only ate people food. I now have an Australian Shepherd and she snacks on kibble but eats what we do. Healthy again! I really just don’t know what to think about all of these articles. It’s enough to drive you insane!


Richard February, 2015

Is turkey bacon just as bad?


James February, 2015

Richard, it’s probably not as bad. Turkey is generally more healthy than pork.


Chris February, 2015

I know what they say all things in moderation but I can’t imagine that giving your dog a strip of bacon once a month could really have any negative effect. Honestly I’m more concerned with the junk they put in cheap dog food which, in many instances, is actually not good for your dog at all compared to a few strips of bacon.


Tai February, 2015

Just like fatty foods do not seem bad when immediately consumed by humans, unless we have been eating very healthy, it’s the same for animals. This is even more so the smaller they are. I allowed my friend to give bacon to my small 10 pound dog because I didn’t know it was harmful. Within hours, she went from a boisterous dog to a listless one. I was told by a vet that even just one time consumption of this food can have devastating long-term pancreas problems. If you love your dog, you just won’t risk it!


Jane September, 2015

Then don’t feed them cheap dog food. Organic all the way!! Also don’t feed them food that’s formulated for human consumption. There is a saying, “killing them with kindness”, and it really applies to us feeding our dogs from the table.


Noelle Jordan September, 2015

I don’t understand your comment. Dogs in the wild would have a diet consisting of 90 percent meat. They require meat so how can giving them some chicken or steak be harmful? I have a hard time believing that there’s anything nutritious or beneficial in commercial dog food. I would argue that some dogs refuse to eat it because, instinctively, they know it’s not really food.


Jane September, 2015

This is my opinion only. Bacon is not found in the wild. Anything processed for human consumption should not be given to dogs. If you don’t season your chicken or steak, or add BBQ sauce or anything, and as long as you cook it to remove toxins like we do, it should be okay for your dog. They are domesticated, not wild animals anymore. My guy has doesn’t get human food, and when he does get a little off the floor, or from a ‘friendly’ neighbor, he instantly gets sick or diarrhea. Re-read the article above, it has great advice.


Linda January, 2015

My dog is a 20 pound Bichon. I give him bacon-flavored treats frequently. Is this different than giving him regular bacon? Should I stop with the bacon treats that are made for dogs?


James January, 2015

Hi Linda. This article is intended to caution people about regularly giving real bacon to their dogs. There are many kinds of safe and harmless bacon flavored dog treats which should be fine.


Joe January, 2015

It’s funny how you decide what’s best for your dog. You assume your dog wants to live a longer life rather a happier life. And why would that be true? Would you rather have a lifetime living with a terrible disease leaving you in chronic pain or live only a few, but happy, years?

Of course a dog’s happiness isn’t entirely dependent on food but you can see it’s something they really enjoy. You should ask yourself what your dog really wants; many years without the joy of food or maybe a few less with the joy of food. It just bothers me that some people think they know what’s best for their pet when they, in fact, haven’t given it much thought. I assume, and correct me if I’m wrong, most of you immediately assume that a longer life equals a better life.


Abe February, 2015

You say “Would you rather have a lifetime living with a terrible disease leaving you in chronic pain or live only a few, but happy, years?”

It’s like you think the only bad effect of something like bacon is taking some years off their life, like, they’ll still have a nice peaceful natural death, just a few years earlier. This is so wrong it almost makes me cry. Giving them bacon is what will give them terrible diseases and chronic pain! If you feed them badly, they won’t have a long painful life, or a short happy one, they will have a short, painful one.

Please think about whether you should own a pet if you think it’s okay to ruin it’s life. Looking after a pet is a responsibility, and it’s your job to keep it both happy and healthy. Trust me when I tell you, if a pet dies early, it’s from a very painful disease. It’s not simply taking a few years off it’s life, it’s making it’s short life a torturous one full of chronic pain.


Anthony December, 2014

I gave my dog some bacon, the small ones in little pieces, because she wouldn’t eat her regular food. She seems fine. Is she going to be fine? She’s a 10 pound Bichon and Poodle mix.


Noelle Jordan September, 2015

Just drain the fat off and pat the bacon with a napkin to absorb the grease. She’ll be fine I think. Dogs will sometimes refuse the commercial stuff, because they know instinctively that it isn’t food. Notice how many so called bacon-flavored dog treats are on the market. I really believe that the dog food industry is behind this idea of bacon being really bad, simply so you’ll buy their products.

On another note, the store I work for sells something called pigs ears which are really just bacon for dogs. The thing is, they are actually the real ears of pigs! You wouldn’t really know they were if someone didn’t tell you. They are hard, greasy and smell sort of like bacon. They grossed me out initially having to touch them, but now I’m used to it.

The customers tell me that dogs go crazy for them (and at twelve bucks a dozen I hope they would). My point is, if it’s okay for dogs to eat these things, which in my opinion is a kind of bacon, how can it be so harmful to give your dog a slice or two of your own bacon?


Nina October, 2014

I have a 60 pound Pitbull. I gave her bacon a few days ago without the knowledge that it was bad for her. She has had explosive diarrhea since the following day and is still experiencing it. It’s been 4 days now. Her anus is red and irritated, and she seems to be slightly depressed. I have stopped her food and have been offering extra water. What else should I do? Do you think she needs to go to the vet or should I give it a couple more days?


Bryan October, 2014

Recently, my 75 pound Boxer got into the garbage and sucked down a good 1-1/2 cups of pure bacon grease out of a container I had thrown away. Other than vomiting a few times that day, and having the runs into the next day, he was fine. I’m sure he’d love to do it again if he could, too!

I’m not a vet, and not telling you what to do or what not do to, just sharing my experience. However, my dog is on a strictly raw diet too, so I’m not sure if that’d make any kind of a difference due to having more acids in his stomach or what not. Good luck!


Anonymous October, 2014

First things first, no more bacon for her! Give her Pedialyte and put Preparation-H on her anus to relieve the irritation. Then make her hamburger and rice for 3 days. She can also have a dose of Pepto Bismol for her belly ache.


Ronald November, 2014

I just fed my 68 pound male Pitbull bacon and he seems fine a day after. Boy, I did not realize that bacon was so bad for him. How is your dog now? He loves bacon so much that I may not be able to cook it anymore in the house. This may be a food that I will have to order in a restaurant from now on. Email me at: or friend me on Facebook at: Ronald Bach


Clarence October, 2014

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


Anonymous September, 2014

Sorry Toby, no bacon for you 🙁


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?


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.


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.


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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