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Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Yes, dogs can eat pork, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind. Pork is a protein-rich meat that is generally safe for dogs when cooked properly. However, certain preparations and additives can make it hazardous. Moderation is crucial to avoid any health issues.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 9, 2024

Did You Know?

Pork should always be fully cooked before feeding it to dogs to avoid the risk of parasites and bacteria.




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Benefits and Risks of Pork

Pork provides excellent protein, which is vital for muscle development and energy. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals like B12 and zinc. On the flip side, pork can be fatty and high in calories. Feeding too much fatty pork can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. Furthermore, pork should never be given raw due to the risk of parasites.

How Much Pork Can Dogs Eat?

The amount of pork a dog can safely consume depends on its size, breed, and activity level. A small amount, like an occasional treat, is generally fine. For a medium-sized dog, a few small bites once a week could be acceptable. For larger breeds, you might consider a small portion the size of a deck of cards. Always avoid adding spices or seasoning, especially garlic and onion.

Common Misconceptions

One common myth is that all pork is bad for dogs due to parasites. While raw pork poses a risk, properly cooked pork can be a safe and nutritious part of your dog’s diet. Another misconception is that pork bones are safe, which is false. Cooked bones can splinter and cause internal injuries.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Pork?

If your dog shows adverse reactions like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy after eating pork, stop feeding them pork immediately and consult your vet. Severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or swelling, warrant an emergency trip to the vet.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

If you're looking for safer options to pork, consider these alternatives:

  • Chicken: Lean and easily digestible, it’s a great source of protein.
  • Turkey: Similar to chicken, but often a bit richer. Make sure it’s cooked plain.
  • Fish: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for a dog’s coat and skin.


Pork can be a tasty treat for dogs in moderation. It's essential to cook it properly and avoid adding harmful seasonings. Always observe your dog for any adverse reactions and consult with a vet if you have any concerns, especially if your dog has special dietary needs. Remember: When in doubt, reach out to your vet!