Why Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Turkey Bacon
Generally speaking, we wouldn’t feed your dog any processed meats including turkey bacon and ham. While it might not be toxic to dogs, turkey bacon does contain a lot of sodium. Most dogs won’t get sick if you give the turkey bacon to dogs in moderation.
Is turkey bacon better than pork bacon for dogs?
Turkey bacon is “healthier” than pork bacon to a certain degree because it tends to contain less fat content. 100 grams of turkey bacon may contain about 28 grams in total fat while 100 grams in pork bacon may contain close to double the amount at 42 grams. It’s important that you aren’t feeding your dog a high-fat diet as that could lead to a number of longer-term health complications like pancreatitis. This could happen if you feed turkey bacon to your dog on a regular basis.
Sodium, however, is the main health concern with 100 grams of turkey bacon containing 2,285 mg in salt! That’s a lot for a dog’s dietary standard. Eating too much salty food can lead to salt poisoning in dogs. There are plenty of healthier alternatives in place of turkey bacon you can give to dogs as treats.
Can turkey bacon cause diarrhea in dogs?
Yes, diarrhea is one potential symptom that may occur if a dog was to eat too many pieces of turkey bacon. Other digestion-related problems may also surface, such as vomiting and an upset stomach. Watch over your dog carefully and make sure he has plenty of access to clean drinking water. Temporarily switching to a bland diet may also help the dog recover a bit faster. A trip to the vet is most likely not needed unless the turkey bacon contains additives that are toxic to pets or if the dog ate too many turkey bacon pieces relative to his body weight.
You can find out what other human foods dogs must avoid by visiting our human food for dog database! While turkey bacon isn’t considered safe for pets, plain turkey meat could be fine as long as it’s given in moderation.
Knowing what food is or isn’t safe to eat is one of many important money-saving tips for pet owners as the last thing you would want is to pay for a vet bill that could have been avoided at a start due to an incident being a false alarm.
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