Who doesn’t love the smell of bacon frying over the stove on a Sunday morning?
Vegetarians and vegans, probably.
But what about your dog?
Do you think he smells that bacon cooking on the stove and thinks,
“Oh, ew, pig meat. I’m going to throw up”?
No, of course not. While I don’t claim to be a dog mind reader, I do have two eyes and am able to observe my own dog when I cook meat. He begins to lick his chops incessantly in order to keep his drool from escaping his mouth.
I take this to mean one thing:
He loves meat.
For the most part, dogs can eat all types of fresh meat. There are a few exceptions you have to be aware of, however.
Dogs can technically eat pork, but there is a slight risk of your dog contracting trichinosis. Trichinosis, an infection caused by roundworm, can infect pigs and then your dog.
If you feed pork to your dog, it is recommended that you freeze the pork for at least three weeks before serving, and then to cook the meat thoroughly.
Do not feed them raw pork.
On the subject of raw versus cooked meat, enter the soccer moms and their overbearing opinions. To clear up the frantic arm-waving and screeching of stay at home moms, I found some legitimate science for you.
A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association cites raw meat as a risky thing to feed your dog as this can expose them to a variety of different pathogens.
Salmonella is one of the greatest risks when consuming any kind of raw meat, and despite the fact that dogs have a short digestive system, they’re still at risk from this.
They go on to say that most dogs fed a raw-based diet often have nutritional deficiencies that other dogs on a processed diet do not have (then again, those dogs are prone to other diseases due to their processed foods, but I digress).
And as with all meat, there’s probably going to be some bones.
Yes, bones. I knew we’d get there eventually.
The fact of the matter is that bones are hard things that are difficult to digest.
Luckily for dogs, they are more equipped to handle bones than we are. The acid in your dog’s stomach is more acidic than ours, and they also keep food in their stomachs for longer.
This goes a long way when it comes to softening up those bones.
When you think about it, wild dogs like wolves and coyotes are eating meat directly from other animals.
In their fervor to eat as much as possible, they’re probably going to ingest some bone bits.
Okay, but now I really want you to listen.
Well, technically not listen, but read this next bit without distraction.
I mean it!
DO NOT feed your dog cooked bones.
When you cook chicken wings or a nice Thanksgiving turkey, you’re also cooking the bones.
The bones become brittle and prone to fracture.
When they do fracture, they become sharp little weapons that I’m sure some prisoner somewhere used as a shank once.
Do you want your dog swallowing ninja stars?
I thought not.
Alright, that was an extreme comparison, but cooked bones really do pose a threat to the lining of your pet’s intestines.
If they don’t cut them up, they might become lodged in there, and then you’ve got a big problem.
For all bones, there’s a risk of large chunks getting caught in your dog’s intestines.
If you do give your dog a bone, make sure it’s not cooked and keep your eye on them.
Whether or not you want to feed your dog raw meat is up to you.
I get the feeling that it can be done right with the freshest, most natural meat.
And it needs to be a well-balanced diet, so again, be sure you know what your dog needs before you go nuts with it.
Check out our very own raw dog food diet guide to get started on the right foot.
Here’s a more complete list of all the good meats your dog can eat: