Pepperoni, a variety of salami, may seem like a good thing to give your dog. After all, it’s derived from meat but is it really appropriate for dogs? Could they get sick from it?
There’s some debate regarding this topic. Some claim dogs can became sick from eating it. Others take the opinion that a piece or two won’t hurt them. The real question should be whether or not it’s something they should be allowed to have.
If the pepperoni is on a pizza then you have other reasons not to give it to your dog. The cheese and tomato sauce will likely not sit will with them, and they should really just be eating their normal dog food with the occasional specially formulated dog treat given to them when they earn it.
Can I Give My Dog Pepperoni? Answer: Not Recommended
This type of meat is a man-made invention and not something a dog should really be eating.
If your dog got into your supply of pepperoni and ate a lot of it, you may be in for a case of diarrhea or vomiting, or both. Observe your dog for any unusual behavior, and if they quietly exit a room you may want to get them outside, as they might be looking for a place to barf or have a bout of diarrhea.
They even make Pup-Peroni to mimic the flavor of this meaty treat.
It’s Too Spicy
Most pepperoni has a spicy flavor to it that could cause stomach upset in your dog. The spicier the pepperoni, the more upsetting it’s likely to be. Most dog treats are not spicy and come with added benefits like improving your dog’s breath, and scraping gunk from their teeth while they eat it.
You can also try giving your dog a bone for this specific reason, but make sure you get them from a pet supply store and not from leftovers. Also you’ll want to watch them while they eat it to make sure that they don’t break off a shard of bone.
Also Too Fatty
Pepperoni is a very fatty meat, and shouldn’t be given to your dog on anything resembling a regular basis. So if your dog has issues with putting on weight you’ll want to go with a dog treat instead. It’s also not a good idea to give your dog cooked meats, and pepperoni
Get Some Better Treats
If you want to give your dog a treat there are several other treat options that would be better than pepperoni. It’s recommended to keep a supply of dog treats available so that you can reward your dog when they show good behavior. Some owners also like to give them veggie treats like baby carrots, it’s up to you whether you want to by them from the store or use foods that are OK for dogs.
Keeping Your Dog Healthy
It’s always a good idea to keep your dog in optimal health with a steady diet of high quality dog food and daily exercise. Giving them the occasional slice of pepperoni may not do them too much harm, but it’s also not contributing to their overall health and well-being which is why we’re recommending against it.
One way to keep them healthy is to upgrade their dog food if you haven’t already. It may seem more economical to buy the cheap stuff, but if your dog has health problems later in life the vet bills can easily negate all of the minor savings you get at the register.
Conclusion on Pepperoni
Don’t give your dog any pepperoni. Instead, give them high quality food with a pure meat source. You’ll see an improvement in their energy level and in the shininess of their coat. More pepperoni for you!