Many folks give their dogs sausage treat now and again, especially at breakfast time. But since there are lots of great dog treats now available, it seems to us that sausage isn’t the right treat for a dog. There are too many unknown spices, salt and other ingredients in sausage so it’s 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. Steer away from giving them this because it’s simply a bad habit. Some pet trainers give 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. Don’t 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 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’s still not advisable.
High salt content isn’t good for dogs and the spices in sausage don’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 your sausage 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. Provide plenty of water. Later, feed them some bland food until they are back to normal.
For severe K9 diarrhea after eating sausage, water 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 leading 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 shouldn’t be eating. With so many great doggy treats on the market you will not be short on choices for awesome doggie treats.
You can get bacon strip-flavored treats, which smell like real bacon, a healthy alternative. Some healthy dog biscuits smell just like sausages. Try something different. Dog love treats that smell like fish, just as cats do, and these are a great alternative when training your canine.
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 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 grease. It has even higher salt content, unknown spices and very high fat levels versus sausage. 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 fatty sausage juices. More seriously, it will shorten the life of your dog.
No Sausages, Period
Sausages are not a good option for dogs. They are unhealthy for K9s. If a piece falls on the floor it’s nothing to panic about, but to deliberately feed your dog sausages is a bad choice and terrible habit.
When we talk of sausages it includes beef sausage, pork sausage, liver sausage and Vienna sausage. All these sausages contain dangerously high levels of salt and unknown spices. The way it is processed can also cause chaos with your dog’s digestive system.