Can I Give My Dog Sausage?

Can I Give My Dog Sausage?We all love to give our dogs a treat like sausage now and again. 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 one to choose. There are just too many unknown spices, salt and other ingredients in sausage; it becomes 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. Try to steer away from giving them this as a treat because it is 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.


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 your dog a piece of pure beef or lamb over pork.

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.

You want to steer clear 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 usually in the sausage. Often we are unaware of spices since we can’t even taste them ourselves.

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 if My Dog Eats Sausage?

It’s natural to be concerned if your dog eats something you know isn’t so good. We all adore our pets and would hate for anything to happen to them. Sausage, as you probably sensed, can cause your dog to develop vomiting or 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 the stomach settle. Make sure you are still providing plenty of water. Then feed them some bland food on 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, another wonderful alternative.

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.

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 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. Don’t be surprised if your dog starts vomiting or has diarrhea if they get their mouth into some fat fatty sausage juices.

No Sausages

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 is simply a bad choice.

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.

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Terence March 18, 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 is to give veggies like sliced carrots, sliced cucumbers, etc. or fruits like kiwi, bananas, papaya, etc.

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Terence March 10, 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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