Why Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Cooked or Raw Bacon

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You shouldn’t let your dog eat raw or cooked bacon no matter how much he begs for it. Bacon is not considered “toxic” to dogs but it does contain a very high salt content which can be too much for a dog’s stomach to handle.

Dogs that eat too many pieces of bacon at a risk of developing serious health conditions like pancreatitis. In the much shorter-term, it’s possible for dogs to experience stomach upsets unless they only ate a tiny piece of bacon.

Aside from stomach issues, eating bacon may indirectly lead to other concerning issues for dogs. The high salt content will make the dog thirsty and it wouldn’t come as surprise if your dog starts to drink a lot of water. Dogs that drink too much water at once are at risk of experiencing issues like bloat so it’s important to keep those sizzling bacon pieces away from your dog’s reach.

The dangers of raw bacon aren’t any different to cooked bacon. A tiny piece is unlikely to make your dog sick but anything more might end up with a trip to the vet. To know what other human foods are and aren’t safe for dogs to eat, check out our human foods database.


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