Can I Give My Dog Sausage?

Can I Give My Dog Sausage?Giving your pet dog a sausage treat obviously isn’t the healthiest of choices. This juicy type of pork usually contains unknown spices, salt and other questionable ingredients.

Your dog may beg while you eat sausage during breakfast. Avoid sharing since, at the very least, this is a bad feeding habit. Some pet trainers use processed meat as a reward, but there are much better choices which we’ll recommend.

Consider that sausage is extremely fatty, over and above the high salt and spice content. Your dog may get an upset stomach, but long term consumption of this greasy food can also affect the heart and kidneys.

Can I Give My Dog Pork Sausage? Answer: No

Pork is a very rich meat and generally inappropriate for pets.

Quality chicken-sausage dog treats are a far healthier choice for your beloved dog. Sharing some regular sausage with Fido isn’t the end of the world, but doing so frequently is certainly a bad feeding strategy. Of all the meats to choose from, like pure beef or lamb, pork is the least suitable for dogs. Understand that sausage is a type of pork but even worse because it’s processed with additional unhealthy ingredients.

Some Sausage Scenarios

Dropping a piece of pork sausage on the floor, with your dog grabbing it before you can stop them, is no cause for alarm. They may get some minor diarrhea or even vomit from it, but it’s not going to cause serious harm. That said, high salt content isn’t good for dogs and the spices in sausage don’t help either.

Often times we are unaware of potentially harmful spices since we can’t even taste them ourselves. As a reminder, garlic and onions are a definite no-no for dogs. Can you be sure your sausage doesn’t have garlic or onion powder in it? It likely does.

What You Can Expect

Sausage, as stated above, can cause your dog to vomit or experience diarrhea but it can even inflame the pancreas. If your dog gets sick from eating sausage, take their food away for around 24-hours to let their stomach settle. Provide plenty of water and feed them some bland food until they’re back to normal.

For severe diarrhea, after a sausage mishap, water intake becomes critical. In such cases, you’ll need to monitor your dog for dehydration. The richness and spiciness of sausage, along with the high salt content, can be a dangerous mix and easily lead to a severely dehydrated dog.

Some Healthy Alternatives

Any dog will naturally start salivating at the smell of real bacon or sausage, both of which are high in salt and fat. Most breakfast foods should be off limits to furry friends. With so many great dog treats on the market, you will not be short on choices for something they’ll love.

For example, there are quality bacon strip-flavored dog treats that smell just like bacon. Canines also love treats that smell like fish, just as cats do, and these are also a great choice when training a dog.

Beware of Sausage Grease

If you’re thinking of pouring some grease left over from cooking your sausages, over your dog’s kibble, as a treat, please think again. Don’t do it! It has even higher salt content and fat levels compared to the sausage itself! Expect a sick dog in the form of vomiting and diarrhea after eating fatty sausage juices.

More seriously, this nasty grease may shorten the life of your precious pet.

Conclusion on Sausage

Sausage is a bad option for dogs. This food is unhealthy, but if a piece falls on the floor it’s nothing to panic about. That said, avoid deliberately feeding your dog sausages. It’s not good for them but doing so can also turn into a terrible feeding habit. Pork is inappropriate on its own but processed meats in particular can easily throw off your dog’s digestive system. More sausage for you!

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Tammy November, 2015

I gave my 14 month old dog sausages. It’s the first time I have never done this. Do I need to take him to the vet?


James November, 2015

Tammy, by now you probably have a dog displaying no symptoms so you don’t need to worry. In the future, avoid providing foods that are questionable. Then you won’t have to worry so much!


Will October, 2015

I had no idea about the pork fat issues. I was guilty of causing my doggies have diarrhea. I’d heat up some saved bacon grease and slightly coat the kibble with it. They tore it up, so I thought it’d be okay. A trainer friend of mine, and this article, has convinced me otherwise.


Jas Klair April, 2015

A much better alternative to pork sausages or bacon is chicken. Boneless breast meat is the best for this purpose. I buy mine in packets, deboned and frozen, from my local supermarket. I’ll then defrost as much as I need and let him have some as training treats. I only give him one piece at a time, about the size of my thumbnail. It’s inexpensive, healthy and he loves it. Perfect!


Terrie September, 2014

I did not know about the sausage grease issue. I did pour some over my dog’s food, about 1 tablespoon. That night he got so sick and the diarrhea was bad and bloody. He was also vomiting. We are on day 3 and feeding him Pedialyte by dropper and chicken broth. He is extremely weak, weighs only 4 pounds, and looks like he lost more weight. What else can I do for him? I don’t want to lose him.


Deborah October, 2014

Dear Terrie. The symptoms your dog is experiencing may be from pancreatitis. This is often brought on by the feeding of grease. He is probably also in a lot of pain. You should get him to a vet as soon as possible! I hope your dear little doggie recovers well.


Terence March, 2014

The problem with commercial doggy treats is that they are generally filled with unhealthy ingredients such as wheat starch, wheat protein isolate, sodium erythorbate, soy protein isolate, candy cane, sodium nitrite, etc. A better choice for treats, much better than sausage, is to give veggies like sliced carrots, sliced cucumbers, etc. or fruits like kiwi, bananas, papaya, etc.


Terence March, 2014

Pork often makes dogs vomit, whether cooked or raw. Around 50% of dogs will have some form of allergy to pork, this allergy is usually developed over time. Vets will tell you anything that comes from a pig should not be given to dogs because they can’t digest it properly.


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