The best way to provide your dogs with the needed nutrition is through their daily meals. However, understanding of what kind of food is best for dogs isn’t something universal. At least, not in a scientific way.
For instance, doesn’t the question “Can dogs eat pork?” sound silly? And yet, if you take some time to mull it over, this is actually not just a simple Yes-No question.
You feed your four-leg friends pork because you can eat it just fine yourself, while the complicated reasons regarding its goodness are considered irrelevant, even if it may be harmful to your dogs in some ways. Well then, let’s see if this matter is really nonsense!
Is Pork Bad for Dogs?
To answer this question, we’ll first need to take a look at the nutritional value of pork.
Basically, pork is meat, which in and of itself is any canine’s main diet for thousands of years. Pork is a rich source of protein, amino acids, Vitamins (A, B1, B6, B12, E, etc.), and mineral (zinc, phosphorus, copper, sodium, etc.). Also, pork is easy to digest and contains much higher calorie than other types of meat and fish.
To be more specific, Vitamin B1 is beneficial for repairing nerve tissues, muscles which help dogs grow strong and healthy. Whereas Vitamin B6 keeps the nervous system function well and stable.
The zinc found in pork helps to strengthen the immune system. So, your dog will be less prone to trivial diseases caused by climate change. Meanwhile, protein and amino acids offer enormous contributions to maintain a strong and fit body for your dogs.
So, is pork bad for dogs? Definitely NO, but it’s really healthy instead!
However, understanding the benefits and whatnots of pork is of little help. Because whether your dog can eat pork also depends on the ways you prepare the food for him.
Best Ways to Feed Dogs Pork?
No Undercooked Pork
For a start, you must carefully and thoroughly not to leave any slice of pork uncooked before giving it to your dogs.
The pork has to be well-done because raw or undercooked pork is known to be housing dangerous bacteria and contaminating larvae (e.g., Cysticercus Cellulose, Trichinella Spiralis).
According to experts’ advice, if you decide to add pork into your buddy’s diet, you should put the packet of raw pork into the freezer compartment in the fridge for a few weeks before it can be used.
As persistent as the tiny, detrimental things can be, most of them can’t tolerate the cold air, while others can’t stand the heat of fire or boiling water. So, when you do, be sure to thoroughly cook the raw pieces of pork for a certain period of time to kill any remaining bacteria.
Keep It Plain
Processed pork products like salty flavored hot dogs, seasoned ham, fatty bacon covered in sauces are to be avoided at all cost. As you may already know, sauces contain a significant, unhealthy amount of salt and sugar (or artificial sweeteners) in addition to onion, nutmeg, and garlic for flavorings. And all of which are awfully toxic to dogs if consumed too much.
It is hence recommended to keep the portion of pork intended to give to your chatty canine as plain as possible. The suggestive cuisines are boiling or steaming. And don’t forget to use oil-absorbing cooking papers to reduce the grease to the minimum when you cook pork using oil-involved methods (e.g., frying, stir-frying).
Is It to Your Liking?
Of course, it’s well in their carnivorous nature that dogs can eat pork. It’s just that certain dog breeds are picky about what type of pork they deign to ingest. For example, bacon, ham, sausages, or pork sides contain too much fat. And that just won’t do for Huskies, who only prefer lean meat.
So, as a dog guardian, you should pay heed to not only whether your dog can eat pork but also what type of pork is to his likings.
Feeding with Consideration
Surprisingly, it’s recorded that the odds of pork making dogs allergic are notably higher than those taken from other meat types (turkey, beef, chicken). In other words, dogs are more susceptible to have allergy to pork, so you have to be careful on your first time offer them this kind of meat, i.e., stop serving immediately if something seems off about him.
Also, because pork is rich in fat, giving your dogs too much pork may cause them indigestion and pancreas inflammation. Besides, you wouldn’t want your sweet puppy to be weak and get sick due to consuming protein and fat only, without fibers or other nutritious sustenance, would you?
Therefore, always remember that moderation is the key. Too much pork in a dog’s diet won’t do him any good, nor will too little or none pork at all.
What About Raw Pork?
Long ago, dogs’ digestive system was naturally and specifically designed so that eating raw meat would not only fine to them but also help their body make the most of the nutrition absorbed.
In fact, there is a European diet called Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF diet) which is popular and supported by many veterinarians. The main purpose of BARF diet is to help the dogs maintain their inherent habits as carnivorous animals, as well as not to change their evolution processes.
But! The only problem is that such diet is absolutely ill-advised if being applied for pork.
Why Shouldn’t Dogs Be Fed Raw Pork?
Your canine pet is carnivorous, true. However, since dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, some of their ancient habits have been changed to suit their new life living with humans. And eating raw meat is one of those readjusted habits.
That’s why even though your dog can eat uncooked meat just fine doesn’t mean his digestive system works as fast, or as effective, as that of their ancestors.
In the case of BARF diet particularly, pork is strongly not recommended to eat raw because of containing contagious viruses (Suid herpesvirus 1, E-coli and Salmonella).
Besides, some people suspect that BARF diet’s objective is perhaps what has established the notion that if you feed your dog raw meat, it will wake their wild instinct and make the dogs aggressive and ferocious.
This is but a misconception, of course. Still, it’s one more reason not to feed dogs raw meat.
And if he stoles a slice of my pork anyway?
It’s fine if the piece of meat is unseasoned and well-done. Otherwise, under no circumstances should you initially feed your pooch raw pork. For the chance is extremely strong that your doggy is exposed to voluminous detrimental bacteria and parasites with that one bite.
But if the unfortunate happens and the silly boy successfully nicks a piece of your unattended pork and swallows it raw, you have to contact the clinic at once.
In case your playful pup eats a sauce-covered sausage, or a salty seasoned slice of ham, you must observe him closely and must promptly consult your vet if the dog has symptoms of vomiting, upset stomach, upper eyelid swelling, or diarrhea.
On the whole, it probably satisfies your “can dogs eat pork?” question to know that even though pork is often believed to be a type of fat-laden meat, it is still indispensable to dogs’ daily diet.
That is not to say you should feed your dogs pork constantly. Anyhow, meat is kind of luxurious foodstuff, so do your wallet a favor and feed your puppy pork moderately.