Keep Dogs Away from Cold Cuts and Deli Meat

Cold Cut

Cold cuts (deli meat) aren’t healthy for dogs. Despite their plain appearance, cold cuts can be harmful to dogs, especially in large amounts. In general, cold cuts tend to have a relatively high sodium content. It doesn’t take too much salt for dogs to suffer from health issues like sodium poisoning.

In addition to the high sodium content, cold cuts (such as hot dogs) also have a tendency to contain a relatively high amount of nitrate. This compound is suspected to increase the risk of serious health conditions like methemoglobinemia.

It’s strongly suggested that you give your dog plainly-cooked fresh meat (like chicken) as an alternative to cold cuts. Your dog is unlikely to become sick from having an odd piece of deli meat here and there but it won’t be beneficial for your dog’s long-term health if you encourage it.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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