Can I Give My Dog Bacon?

Can I Give My Dog Bacon?Bacon is a delicious breakfast food and just the smell can make your dog’s mouth water. The aroma of this pork is detected even before the frying begins!

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What to do when Fido begs for bacon? Providing this meat is a bad feeding habit for dogs. Sharing these juicy meat strips with a best buddy isn’t a good idea.

Rich, greasy and fatty pork is harmful for animals too. Pancreatitis can develop from canine consumption of bacon. Your dog shouldn’t be eating it.

Can I Give My Dog Bacon? Answer: No

A small taste can turn into sharing more regularly and this will be bad for their long term health.

Don’t give a precious pet pooch pure bacon. You want your dog to be around for a long time. It can be hard to say no, but be strong. Most dogs poorly process crispy or greasy bacon. It’s unhealthy. It has protein, but that doesn’t make fried bacon appropriate.

A good compromise would be to get high quality USA-made dog treats – wavy cheesy strips that incorporate real bacon, because they’re only 4% fat and non-greasy.

Bacon and Pet Pancreatitis

Rich and very fatty foods, bacon included, can harm your dog’s pancreas. Inflaming this gland will affect its function and cause terrible health problems.

Pets with poor diets are prone to pancreatitis and signs often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Also consider that this pork is carcinogenic! Quite scary.

Another factor is the high salt which may contribute to other problems like bloating and twisting of the intestines. Too much bacon can be seriously detrimental to your dog.

It just isn’t worth it to feed a furry friend this food.

The Terrible Telltale Signs

Early indications of pancreatitis include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Symptoms are similar to those associated with food poisoning or a drug overdose.

It’s difficult to trace some of these signs to a dog conclusively having pancreas problems. Blood work is typically needed to accurately diagnose such a condition.

Having a policy of never feeding your dog bacon, or any type of pork, will put your mind at ease.

About that Bacon Grease

Bacon grease is even worse! All the unhealthy fats are in the grease and in a more concentrated form. This can clog your dog’s arteries. Greasy oil, in any food, is bad for the heart.

Your dog may really love the taste of bacon grease, but a good pet parent will withhold bacon and especially the nasty grease. Yuck!

Never Nourish w/ Nitrites

Whether raw or cooked, hopefully you agree that bacon isn’t good for your pet dog. It can easily cause diarrhea. There may also be parasites, worms and bacteria in the meat.

Bacon’s curing process involves the use of chemical compounds (nitrites) and other preservatives which can easily contribute to cancer as well as kidney, liver, and heart damage.

Still not convinced? Watch this quick video which nicely sums up the dangers of bacon for dogs.

Conclusion on Bacon

Do not share any bacon with your dog. Think of the health consequences, most notably pancreatitis. Bacon strips are certainly tasty but they can wreak havoc on a pet. Get a supply of dog treats with a bit of low fat bacon and cheese instead.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.

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