There are some things we accept without question. At least until luckily encountering the background or being informed by others. Only then do you know that you’ve been wrong for years? For example: Can dogs eat pork or pork bones? We declared for years that this was not allowed and that they were completely wrong.
I have to admit, at first I didn’t even think about whether dogs can eat pork. As the first dog owner I was inexperienced, I allowed my dog to eat all kinds of meat. The question about pork did not specifically arise, as we have little meat and mostly we only have poultry. Until then, I read on a list that pork is one of the things dogs should not eat. At the time, it was explained by an enzyme in meat that dogs could not tolerate – that’s exactly how I remember. But of course, this was complete nonsense.
Dogs Can Eat Pork!
Before you get confused, pork is not in itself harmful to dogs. You can eat it when cooked. Raw pork is harmful to humans and dogs. The latter in particular is harmless and also explains why pork is also found in dog food. In the raw state, a virus could theoretically be transmitted via pork, which is fatal for dogs and cats.
Wild boars are affected by this virus much more often than our domestic pigs – and the danger for hunting dogs is greater. You can easily get infected here and now and then one hears or reads that a hunting dog fell ill with the Aujezky virus or pseudo rage, as the disease is also called, and died within a very short time. If dogs come into contact with the raw meat of an infected animal, unfortunately, there is often no more help.
What happens after the infection?
If a dog is infected with the pseudo rage or Aujezky’s disease, the first symptoms become noticeable after a few days. The dog is limp and has diarrhea, vomiting, and a fever. Gradually, other symptoms appear, such as heavy panting, itching, symptoms of paralysis, and a lot more. The signs of the disease progress quickly and often less than 48 hours pass from the onset to the death of the animal.
If a dog is suspected of being infected with the disease, an immediate examination should be carried out by the veterinarian. If the diagnosis is then, there is no hope of helping the dog. In this case, it is best to redeem the animal on the spot and thereby save a lot of suffering. A cure is not possible!
How can the dog be protected?
Can dogs eat pork? Anyone who has a hunting dog and hunts wild boar with him can never be 100% certain. Although only a small number of wild boars are infected with the virus, it can never be completely ruled out. So it is up to the hunter whether he bears the risk or not using the dog for support in this case. The normal dog is actually in no danger. Since dogs in the forest should not roam alone through the undergrowth anyway, contact with a wild boar can probably be ruled out and the virus cannot be transmitted.
When consuming wild boar meat, you should make sure that the dog only receives it when it is cooked and that the virus has thus died. So it doesn’t matter if the dog gets a little something at the feast as long as it is heated. Conventional pork poses almost no danger at all. But here too, if you want, you can be sure by boiling or frying the meat beforehand. You can cook pork but not; other types of meat (chicken, turkey, etc.) are more beneficial than pork.
The best meat to give to dogs is lean meat. This does not mean that dogs cannot eat fat and viscera. In the wild, animals have to take advantage of everything they find. However, lean meat is healthier for your dog.
Once you know that lean meat is better suited to dogs, you can better choose healthy meat. Your dog can get lots of healthy fats like fish oil and omega-3s from some meats. More protein and fat can enter your body than some meats.
Can dogs eat pork bones?
If anyone asks me this question “can dogs eat pork bones ” I already say the same answer? Absolutely not! So Can dogs eat pork rib bones? And the same answer. Absolutely not! If you love your dog, never give it pork bones (rib or cooked).
If your dog breaks any pork bones, it has the potential to damage the intestinal system, but pork bone is more prone to splinters than other species, and cooked bones break down more than raw bone. Splinters have the potential to pierce through an intestinal wall and move into the abdominal cavity, which may or may not cause a bleeding and potentially fatal peritonitis. Even raw, indigestible pork bone fragments and collagen can be affected in the intestines, causing blockages that cause blood toxicity. Over time, reduced bowel motility causes digestive complications. And the last question for pork bones. Can dogs eat pork chop bones? Absolutely not again!.
Can dogs eat pork chops?
If you cook it, dogs can eat pork chops. Dogs are carnivorous animals and love meat. Fish meat, chicken meat, and red meat are all they need. We do not recommend pork but if you cook it, you can eat it. Never give pork bones to dogs.
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