Dogs come running to the kitchen when they smell the bacon cooking…
But does that mean it’s safe for them to eat?
In this guide, we’ll explore a few things you should know first.
Let’s get started.
So, Can Dogs Eat Bacon?
Small amounts of bacon shouldn’t cause much harm. (So, it’s okay as a very occasional treat.)
But in general, the answer is no: Dog’s shouldn’t eat bacon.
Sure, your dog will get excited by the smell and taste… but bacon comes with very high salt and fat content… which can upset your dog’s digestive system (and worse.)
How Much Bacon Can Dogs Eat?
Best answer: As little as possible.
In moderation, they will be okay with a few small pieces if they’re already in good shape and have no underlying conditions that bacon could worsen.
But you shouldn’t make it part of their regular diet.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Bacon?
Bacon is already an unhealthy option for dogs… and serving it raw will likely lead to digestive upset.
Furthermore, raw bacon increases the risk of trichinosis, a parasite that’s found in under-cooked meat.
What Are the Risks of Bacon?
One of the biggest risks is pancreatitis.
This condition occurs when your dog’s digestive enzymes damage your dog’s pancreas.
It’s a painful health condition that needs veterinary treatment.
And it can happen when your dog has too much fat in their diet.
Symptoms of pancreatitis include:
- Appetite loss
- Abdominal pain
The condition is treatable, but prevention is always better than cure.
Can Dogs Eat Bacon Grease?
It’s not good to give bacon grease to your dog.
Again, it’s too fatty and full of salt… so it increases the risk of pancreatitis and digestive upset.
If your dog has managed to swipe a little bacon grease from your plate (or the floor) then you don’t need to worry too much. But you shouldn’t add it to your dog’s kibble on purpose.
Even if your dog finds it appetizing, it’s not good for them.
What Alternatives Are Better Than Bacon?
If you want to give your dog a tasty, meaty treat… then fish or chicken is a much healthier option. These meats don’t come with the high salt and fat content.
You could also try dog-friendly treats that are specially formulated for your pooch.
In fact, there are many bacon-flavored treats on the market these days, so your dog doesn’t have to miss out. And you can protect their health, too.
It’s true that most dogs find bacon appealing… but this doesn’t mean they should eat it.
Pancreatitis is a condition that vets see all-too-frequently, and it’s often caused by the fatty treats that owners give to their dogs.
Even though your dog might enjoy bacon (for the few seconds it lasts…) it’s not worth the pain, discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea that pancreatitis causes.
So, think twice before giving your dog too much bacon.