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Can Dogs Eat Pork? Yes, But…

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There has been plenty written about the “other white meat” over the years. But can dogs eat pork? It might be easy to believe that dogs can eat pork without issue since they are omnivorous animals.

However, it is alright to wonder, is pork bad for dogs? That’s why we’re here: to help end any confusion and answer the question “what human foods can dogs eat?” Dogs and humans can often eat the same types of food, but it’s easy for some foods to be toxic to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Yes, but dogs should avoid raw pork, and seasonings can cause an upset stomach in dogs.

It is generally safe for your dog to eat pork, provided the pork is cooked, and there are no additives to it like additional flavorings. Flavorings like garlic and onion powder can be highly toxic to dogs.

If you feed pork to your dog and it has harmful additives, you may need to head to the emergency veterinarian for treatment to ensure your dog’s health.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Pork to My Dog?

Plenty of safety concerns exist for feeding pork to your dog. As with humans, you should not feed an animal any type of uncooked meat due to the possibility of parasites that could infest your pet.

Mainly, the parasite to be aware of is the trichinella parasite. Trichinella infections, called trichinellosis, can cause issues that need immediate attention, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or lethargy in your dog.

How Much Pork Can I Feed My Dog?

Moderation is key with any new addition to your dog’s diet. If you decide to feed your dog pork, make it a small serving size as a treat. There is also nothing wrong with feeding your dog a bit inside a regular meal.

If your dog presents any reactions to the pork, stop offering pork to your dog and contact your vet before reintroducing it.

How to Prepare Pork for Dogs

The key to preparing pork for dogs is to make sure any pork you plan to feed your dog is free of any additives or flavorings and is cooked.

Simply sauteing the meat in a pan is a great way to cook pork. A serving size here should be pretty small, so making sure the meat is cooked to an appropriate temperature is not likely much of an issue. Still, if you are worried about that, then know that the best internal temperature for pork is 160 degrees.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Thoughts

So, can dogs eat pork? Yes, but as with any meat, making sure it is cooked through is the only way to ensure any potential parasites or foodborne illnesses are removed from the equation. You will be looking at a hefty vet bill if you do not mind the rules we have discussed.

You will want to monitor your dog after their first time eating cooked pork. If there are any changes or strange behaviors from your dog, get in touch with your vet immediately.

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

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