Eating meat is a very natural thing for a dog since meat is a part of most diets for pets. Answering a question like, “Can dogs eat pork?” is more of a question of the details. So, when you have something like pork on your dinner plate, its no wonder your pet will jump at the chance to have some.
Since dogs can have a carnivorous appetite, many owners might think twice about offering them port which is in that same family of meat. Especially when so much of the dog food you see today, has commercially prepared ingredients like chicken or beef.
Personally, the question never crossed my mind. My pup always gets a small piece of steak, pork, chicken, or fish when it’s dinner time.
So the real question arises: Can Dogs Eat Pork Safely?
The answer? Perhaps
Until you give your dog this meat, pork needs to be thoroughly cooked without any seasonings or additives. While pork has a high protein content, it is also a rich meat which can cause indigestion. Avoid giving your dog ground pork that’s processed with onion or garlic powder. These spices are toxic and can destroy red blood cells in your dog.
Be careful to thoroughly cook your pork for your safety more so than your dogs. Undercooked pork puts you and your dog at risk of trichinosis, a parasite infection that contributes to gastrointestinal disease.
Read on below to get the most important information regarding how dogs can eat pork….
American Kennel Club has provided great information on this very topic quoted below:
Can Dogs Eat Pork Cooked?
Plain pork is safe for dogs to eat, as long as you keep it simple and leave off the bells and whistles people tend to cook with. Add-ons, such as seasonings and spice rubs that contain the following, are extremely dangerous, due to the fact they are highly toxic if ingested:
Can Dogs Eat Pork Raw?
Eating raw or undercooked pork is not safe for dogs or humans, due to the parasite trichinella spiralis larvae, which can cause the parasite infection known as trichinosis. An infection transmitted by pork meat, it can occur when a dog eats the muscles of animals that are infected with the trichinella parasites. This more commonly affects humans than dogs. The infection of Trichinella spiralis will only produce subtle symptoms in dogs
One great way to test if your dog can handle the rich “other white meat” is to see if their stool gets loose. Giving them a little portion a day before could answer a lot of questions. While you are testing, it is important to make sure to keep their diet normal, you don’t want other abnormalities in their diet skewing your test. If your dog’s stool is regular, it should be safe to test a bigger portion and eventually work it into their meal at dinner time (or maybe even lunch, I’m sure they won’t mind). They will definitely enjoy it and it could be a great bonding experience for your dog to eat the same thing they see everyone else eating.
There is a warm feeling when your whole family sits down to a nice meal. If “Can Dogs Eat Pork?” on your mind, it could worry you and ruin the experience. So, if you are making a ham for dinner, makes sure to set aside some unseasoned, unmarinated meat for your four-legged friend and cook it alongside your family dinner so your dog could feel more like a part of the family.
Source Credit: AKC.org