We all love to give our dog a treat like sausage now and again. However, there are so many great dog treats available, that sausage isn’t the right one to choose. There are so many unknown spices, salt and other ingredients in sausage. This makes it hard to know exactly what you are giving your dog.
While you’re eating sausage, your dog is probably gazing at you with those big puppy-dog eyes hoping you drop a piece on the floor, but try to steer away from giving them this as a treat.
Some pet trainers suggest giving sausage to dogs as an incentive, but a good dog biscuit with a bacon or sausage flavor will have the same results and is a much healthier option. Remember that sausage is extremely fatty, over and above the high salt and spice content, and so the fat can upset your dog’s stomach. We don’t want you to chance it, leaving you with a sick dog.
Can I Give My Dog Pork Sausage? Answer: No
Pork is a very rich meat and often results in your dog suffering with an upset stomach. Rather, give a piece of beef or lamb over pork.
Dropping a small piece of pork sausage on the floor and your dog grabbing it before you can stop him is not the end of the world. He may get some diarrhea or he may vomit from it, but it’s not going to kill him.
You want to steer away from giving pork sausage because of the richness of the meat, the high salt content which isn’t good for dogs, and the spices that are in the sausage that you’re unaware of. 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.
What Will Happen To My Dog If He Eats Sausage?
It’s natural to be concerned if your dog eats something you know isn’t good. We all adore our pets and would hate for anything to happen to them, sausage can make your dog develop vomiting or diarrhea and can even inflame the pancreas.
If your dog does get sick from eating sausage, take his food away for around twenty four hours to let his stomach settle and then feed him bland food from there on until he’s back to normal.
If your dog has developed severe diarrhea after eating sausage, ensure he drinks lots of water and monitor him for dehydration. 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 that dogs shouldn’t eat. With so many great doggy treats on the market you will not be short on choices for great treats for your dog.
You get bacon strips, which smell like real bacon but are a healthy alternative. You get dog biscuits that smell just like sausages, another wonderful healthy alternative.
Try something different and buy some cat treats, the strong fish smell is often appealing to dogs and these are a great alternative when training your fluffy friend.
Can I Add the Sausage Grease to My Dog’s Kibble?
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 you have left over from cooking your sausages over your dog’s kibble as a treat, think again.
The juices from the sausage is what makes that grease, that means it has the same high salt content, unknown spices and high fat levels that the sausage has. You can expect a very sick dog after it’s eaten that. Don’t be surprised if your dog starts vomiting or has diarrhea if he gets his mouth into some fat fatty sausage juices.
It’s clear to see that sausages are not the best option for dogs. If a piece falls on the floor it’s nothing to panic about, but to deliberately feed your dog sausages isn’t a good choice.
When we talk of sausages it includes beef sausage, pork sausage, liver sausage and Vienna sausage. All sausages contain high levels of salt and unknown spices, the meat can also cause chaos with your dog’s digestive system.