Can Dogs Eat Chorizo Sausage? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
You shouldn’t let your dog eat processed meats like chorizo sausage. It’s more unsafe than a regular sausage due to the mix of ingredients chorizo contains.
Is it bad to give your dog chorizo?
Yes, whether it’s chorizo on its own or chorizo with eggs, you should never let your dog eat this kind of sausage. There are a couple of things that make chorizo bad for dogs.
First, chorizo may contain ingredients or additives that are toxic to dogs. A common culprit is garlic, which is commonly used to season chorizo. Spicy paprika might also be used to give chorizo its red color. While spices like paprika aren’t toxic to dogs, they could still cause harm as a dog’s stomach isn’t used to handling such heat.
In addition to containing unsafe ingredients, chorizo typically contains a large amount of sodium and fat. Both sodium and fat can cause long-term health problems if a dog was to consume them in large amounts. Low-sodium chorizo is also available but that doesn’t make them any safer than the regular versions.
What to do if your dog ate a chorizo
A small amount of chorizo such as a single slice is unlikely to cause harm but you should still watch over your dog carefully for the next day or two to ensure he isn’t showing any worrying symptoms. It could take several hours after eating chorizo before a dog shows any signs of sickness. A call to the vet might be necessary if your dog ate a lot of chorizos, such as a one large sausage.
Learn more about what foods are safe for dogs to eat by visiting our human foods for dog database.