Can I Give My Dog Sausage?

Can I Give My Dog Sausage?Many folks give their dogs a sausage treat now and again, especially when it’s breakfast time. But since there are lots of great canine treats, it seems to us that sausage isn’t best for a dog. There are too many unknown spices, salt and other ingredients in sausage. It’s hard to know exactly what you’re giving your dog.

While you’re eating sausage, your dog may gaze at you with those puppy-dog eyes. Steer away from giving in because it’s 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’s also healthier.

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 will contribute to kidney and heart problems. Don’t chance it, leaving you with a sick or unhealthy best friend.

Can I Give My Dog Pork Sausage? Answer: No

Pork in general is a very rich meat and may result 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 doggie disaster.

Dropping a piece of pork sausage on the floor, with your dog grabbing it before you can stop them, isn’t the end of the world. They may get some minor diarrhea or even vomit from it, but it’s not going to seriously harm 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 likely does.

If Your Dog Eats Sausage

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. Later, feed them some bland food until they’re back to normal.

For severe diarrhea after eating sausage, water becomes critical. Monitor your dog for dehydration in this case. The richness and spiciness of sausage along with the high salt content are a dangerous mix easily leading to a severely dehydrated pup.

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. Obviously, these are things dogs shouldn’t be eating. With so many great dog treats on the market, you will not be short on choices for something they’ll love.

You can get bacon strip-flavored treats, which smell like real bacon, that are a healthy alternative. Some quality 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 choice when training your 4-legged friend.

Sausage Grease Even Worse!

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 some grease left over from cooking your sausages – over your dog’s kibble as a treat, please think again. Don’t do it!

Juices from the sausage are what make grease. It has even higher salt content and fat levels compared to the sausage itself! 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 a bad option for dogs. They are seriously unhealthy for canines. If a piece falls on the floor it’s nothing to panic about, but to deliberately feed your dog sausages is irresponsible and a terrible habit.

When we talk of sausages it includes beef sausage, pork sausage, liver sausage and Vienna sausage. Just the way they’re processed can cause chaos with your dog’s digestive system.

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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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