Can Dogs Eat Polish Sausage like Kielbasa? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Dogs shouldn’t eat polish sausage like kielbasa, fresh or smoked, because they may contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs. In general, human foods like sausage are not healthy for dogs.
Why kielbasa is unsafe for dogs
How unsafe it is will depend on many different factors such as the amount of kielbasa the dog ate, the dog’s weight, and the types of ingredients used in the polish sausage. Some kielbasa recipes, for example, may use ingredients like garlic which is highly toxic to dogs.
Kielbasa still isn’t healthy for dogs even if it doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients. Kielbasa is not a great source of animal protein for dogs because it has a relatively high fat content. It may also contain a lot of sodium, which can cause problems if a dog was to ingest too much of it.
What to do if your dog ate kielbasa
A tiny piece of kielbasa is unlikely to hurt a dog unless the dog has an existing health disorder that may have high sensitivity towards the ingredients used in the polish sausage. You should keep a close eye on your dog’s behavior for the next few days. Call the vet if the dog shows any signs of unrest, whether that is changes to his eating, pooping, or other daily behaviors.
You should call the vet immediately if your dog managed to eat a lot of kielbasa (such as a whole pack) or if the dog ate kielbasa that does contain toxic ingredients.