Can Dogs Be Fed Pork?

James Glover
by James Glover
View Biography

QuestionI was always under the impression that pork was bad for dogs yet I see vets buying sausage biscuits for their dog. So is bacon, sausage etc... Bad for your dog? (Margaret Batting - Georgia)

Answer

Pork in itself is as harmless to dogs as chicken, beef or any other meat. However, there is a slight risk of your dog being infected with trichinosis by eating pork. Trichinosis, also known as trichinellosis, is a worldwide, food borne disease caused by an intestinal roundworm, uncommon in the United States. Both humans and pets who eat raw or undercooked meat of infected animals can develop the disease. Undercooked or raw meat of infected animals contains the roundworm. The disease can lead to muscle soreness and pain together with swelling of the upper eyelids in mild cases but can lead to more severe symptoms.

If you would like to feed pork but want to take all necessary precautions, it is recommended that the pork be frozen for 3 weeks to kill the parasite. The most important precaution is to make sure that all fresh pork and pork products are properly cooked. Other raw and undercooked meat should also be avoided, especially meat from wild animals.

Disclaimer: This service is meant to provide advice only and is not meant to replace an appointment with a registered veterinarian. Users should always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we are only able to answer several questions per week so not everyone gets a published answer. And, unfortunately we can't answer by email.
Add Your Comment
Readers' Comments (Newest to Oldest)
Maryland
PatchesNGabriel
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on April 14th, 2012
My Shihtzu loves pork, however, he can no longer have it. He would only get lean cooked pork, we would feed them a little when we eat it for dinner. Then one time our Shihtzu became very sick, our Yorkie was fine, no problems at all, but our Shihtzu had to be taken to the vet, he started vomiting every 15-20min, so every dog is different. The vet said it was the pork, and he's not to have any more pork, so since then we haven't fed him or the Yorkie anymore pork. Funny how one food can affect one dog but not the other. Chicken affects our Yorkie from time to time and we have to eliminate chicken from his diet, but our Shihtzu has never had any problems with it. I've notice that some allergy dog foods are starting to use pork as an as an alternate to the other meats. Since pork can possibly be bad for our dogs, we've just decided not to give them any, we now cook some chicken, bison or beef for them to eat when we eat pork for dinner. I've actually stopped buying pork since my ShihTzu can't have it, but other family members do buy it so I just make sure our babies are prepared something different to snack on while we eat.
Washington
mamabevi5
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on Sept 19th, 2010
[quote]Almost half of our chest freezer is for the animals food![/quote]My whole freezer is for the dogs & I am looking into getting a 2nd one, all for them to stock up for the long winter ahead!
   
A good deal of my meat is from the butcher because it is grass fed, no vaccines, etc. It is clean all natural meat, which is why I buy it and my dogs do great on it. That is the only place I can get buffalo! I do have more venison coming, from Wisconsin, via some good friends. Can't wait! Plus it is hunting season :)
Washington
mamabevi5
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on Sept 19th, 2010
Dogs CAN eat Prok and they can also eat a very large variety of raw meat, Including wild animals such as deer and elk, moose meat, etc. Yes the meat should be frozen to kill parasites. Dogs are carnivores!! What did dogs eat before commercial dog food? Wild game! Commercial dog food is recalled all the time. I feed my dogs raw meat, bones(even chicken bones as long as they are not cooked). Before starting to feed raw meat to my dogs we were at the vet every week. Since starting we only go in to check their weight!! They are Healthy, thriving, have beautiful coats and are better off for it!
Virginia
Peoplefood
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on Oct 26th, 2009
I had a sick cat (found in a developement) and after some tests the vet decided that, either I invest around $2000 to find out what was wrong or I could just leave it be. I left it be but started feeding him B.A.R.F. and guess what - he got better in a hurry and lived another 8 years (he was old when I found him!).
   
If you know where the meat came from (not supermarket) then there is nothing wrong with feeding raw., You might want to look into adding some veggies etc. And I think most of us freeze what we don't use immediatly - which kills the parasites.
Pennsylvania
Redhawk
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on July 23rd, 2009
Our dogs and cats are all raw fed. They eat pork, chicken, turkey, beef, rabbit, deer, duck, elk, goat and any other standard "prey" animal. I don't feed anything to them that had pointy teeth!
   
They eat all sorts of parts, Meat (meat with bones) organs. The goal for the week is Meats 80%, Bones 10% and Organs 10%, for the week...not necessarily every single meal. Chicken legs, thighs, breasts, tonight they had Pig lung with Trachea, the dogs LOVE Trachea..lol The Cats are fond of lung. Green tripe is another "odd" favorite of the dogs, but the cats don't eat that, and the dogs only eat it outside!
   
Raw chicken bones go crunch crunch..digest properly and keep the stools from becoming "cannon butt" in addition to adding nutritional values. But Cooked Bones of any type are dangerous because they become brittle and can splinter. No heavy weight-baring leg bones either. Those (cow, deer, other large animals) are too dense and can break teeth!
   
My dogs and cats have eaten Species Appropriate for over a year now. They hardly shed, their teeth are sparkling (gnawing whole meats more than the bones), their training focus is up, and they all go potty less, because the food is USED by their bodies, less waste! Almost half of our chest freezer is for the animals food!
Pennsylvania
garyoa1
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on June 6th, 2009
And let's not forget, dogs are not people. They have a much stronger stomach acid and digest food differently than humans. Something that would make you sick wouldn't phase your dog in the slightest.
   
There are those who swear by a raw food diet. Some pet stores sell frozen raw foods specially formulated for dogs. What is not "really" recommended is raw food from your butcher. But that's another story entirely.
Florida
vakay54
Message Me!
Add to Friends
Junior Member
Added on Nov 12th, 2008
I'm surprised as well. Thank you for this important information.