Can Dogs Eat Pork?
Is It Really Safe for Your Dog to Eat Pork? Read more to find out.
Dogs can eat pork. Pork by itself is about as safe as beef, chicken, and other meats.
For cooked pork such as bacon, ham, sausage, or ribs be very careful with the seasonings. Seasonings that contain garlic or onions are especially harmful to give your dog.
For raw pork, there is a small risk of being infected with trichinosis (also known as trichinellosis). This disease is caused by intestinal roundworm. Both humans and animals can become infected from eating raw or undercooked meat, whether it’s the pork from pig or the beef from cattle or all other meats. Trichinosis can lead to muscle soreness, pain, and swelling in the upper eyelids.
To prevent this disease, make sure all fresh pork products are properly cooked. For extra precaution it’s recommended to freeze pork for 3 weeks to kill the roundworm parasite. The disease is not common in the United States.
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