Many folks give their dogs a treat like sausage now and again, especially breakfast time . With that said, since there are so many great dog treats available these days, it seems to us that sausage just isn’t the right treat to choose. There are just too many unknown spices, salt and other ingredients in sausage that it becomes hard to know exactly what you are giving your dog.
While you are eating sausage, your dog is probably gazing at you with those big puppy-dog eyes hoping you drop a piece on the floor. Try to steer away from giving them this because it is simply a bad habit for them. Some pet trainers suggest giving sausage to dogs as an incentive, but a good dog biscuit with a bacon or sausage flavor will achieve the same results. It will also be a healthier option.
Sausage is extremely fatty, over and above the high salt and spice content. At best, the fat can upset your dog’s stomach. At worst, this breakfast item can contribute to kidney and heart problems. We don’t want you to chance it, leaving you with a sick or unhealthy dog.
Can I Give My Dog Pork Sausage? Answer: No
Pork in general is a very rich meat and often results in your dog suffering from an upset stomach. Of all the meats to choose from, like pure beef or lamb, pork is probably the least healthy for your dog. Combine that with all the processed ingredients in sausage and you have a recipe for disaster.
Dropping a small piece of pork sausage on the floor, with your dog grabbing it before you can stop them, is not the end of the world. They may get some minor diarrhea or may even vomit from it, but it’s not going to kill them. That isn’t the point though and it is still not advisable.
High salt content isn’t good for dogs and the spices in sausage doesn’t help either. Often we are unaware of spices since we can’t even taste them ourselves. Further, garlic and onions are a definite no for dogs. Can you be sure the sausage you are eating doesn’t have garlic or onion powder in it? It probably does.
If Your Dog Eats Sausage
Sausage, as you probably know, can cause your dog to vomit or experience diarrhea and can even inflame the pancreas. If your dog does get sick from eating sausage, take their food away for around twenty four hours to let their stomach settle. Make sure you are still providing plenty of water. Then you should feed them some bland food until they are back to normal.
If your dog has developed severe diarrhea after eating sausage, water then becomes critical. Monitor your dog for dehydration in this case. The richness and spiciness of the sausage along with the high salt content are a dangerous mix and can lead to severe dehydration.
Healthy Sausage Alternatives
Any dog will naturally start salivating at the smell of bacon or sausage, both of which are high in salt and fat. These are things dogs just shouldn’t be eating. With so many great doggy treats on the market you will not be short on choices for awesome treats for your dog.
You can get bacon strip-flavored treats, which smell like real bacon, and are a healthy alternative. There are also healthy dog biscuits that smell just like sausages. Try something different and even buy some cat treats. The strong fish smell is often appealing to dogs and these are a great alternative when training your fluffy friend.
Sausage Grease Even Worse for Dogs!
By now you know that sausages are not the safest treat choice for any dog. The same applies for the grease. If you’re thinking of pouring the grease that was left over from cooking your sausages – over your dog’s kibble as a treat, please think again. Don’t do it!
The juices from the sausage are what make that grease. That means it has the same or even higher salt content, unknown spices and very high fat levels that the sausage contains. You can expect a very sick dog after they’ve eaten that. Your dog will surely start vomiting and have diarrhea if they get their mouth into some fat fatty sausage juices.
No Sausages, Period
Sausages are not the best option for dogs. In fact, they are unhealthy for a K9. If a piece falls on the floor it’s nothing to panic about, but to deliberately feed your dog sausages is simply a bad choice and worse habit.
When we talk of sausages it includes beef sausage, pork sausage, liver sausage and Vienna sausage. All these sausages contain high levels of salt and unknown spices. The meat, the way it is processed, can also cause chaos with your dog’s digestive system.