Although this is yummy for humans to enjoy in the mornings or any time of day for that matter, we do not suggest you feed your dog bacon, or at least not in large quantities or frequently. Bacon contains a lot of fat, is very high in sodium, and many varieties are filled with fillers and chemicals that are bad for digestion and your dog's tummy.
Read on to find out more about the issues with bacon for dogs.
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Signs of a Dog Liking Bacon
Although bacon is not good for dogs, you may have given them a small bite in the past. You are not to worry as a small amount very infrequently is likely to cause no serious or long-term harm. If you have given them a bite, we are almost certain your dog probably liked it.
Signs your dog liked the taste of bacon include them begging for more by pawing at you, staring at you or the bacon, barking, crying, whining, howling, and jumping up at you and the food. Some dogs will also pace in front of your, spin around in circles, sit patiently waiting for more, and of course, your dog is going to drool and lick their lips with anticipation.
There is a possibility your dog may not have liked the bacon, however. Bacon is very high in salt and sometimes the saltiness is too much for some dogs. If that was the case with your pup, they may have spit out the bacon, tried to paw it around like they were playing with it, or perhaps they didn't even try to bacon in the first place.
- Wag tail
- Lip licking
- Ears up
- Patiently waiting for more food
- Excessive drooling and staring
- Jumping at you or the food
- Pawing at your leg
History of Dogs and Bacon
We also see similar products in the Roman Empire and Anglo-Saxon time periods as well. Bacon was used in the 12th century in England as a way to show that a husband had not fought with his wife for a year. He would literally get to "bring home the bacon" as a way to show the community of this major accomplishment.
Columbus brought bacon to the Americas when he brought 13 pigs to the New World and the Native Americans were thrilled with the taste of pork and bacon. From there, pork only grew in popularity in the Americas. In fact, there were wild pigs that ran around the streets of New York City well into the 19th century! Whether or not dogs were fed bacon during this time period is unknown, although it is not likely.
Today, bacon is still extremely popular and is readily available in all supermarkets and most breakfast restaurants as a side dish. Even with the growing health-conscious eating movement, bacon is still highly regarded as one of the most beloved breakfast side dishes.
Science Behind Dogs and Bacon
Too much bacon can cause pancreatitis, which often must be treated with surgery and can even lead to death in very bad cases. It can also cause obstructive pulmonary disease due to the high sodium and toxic nitrite content in most conventional brands of bacon. The fat content in bacon can lead to weight gain and obesity if your dog is given bacon as a treat too often.
Lastly, bacon has the ability to cause cancer in your dog as well. Bowel cancer can come with symptoms like loose stools, vomiting, terrible stomach pains, and more.
Training Dogs to Avoid Bacon
Although, if you do decide to give your dog a small bite on occasion or a piece drops to the floor accidentally, this is no reason to panic or rush to the vet. A small piece will not contain enough of the scary stuff to seriously hurt your dog. It is always a good idea to find brands of bacon that are nitrate-free, low in sodium, and are organic.
There is a lot of concern surrounding processed meats, like bacon, as a reason why bacon is so bad for your dog, although it seems the real reason is more due to the fat, sodium, and chemical content. What most people fail to realize is that your dog's kibble and/or canned food could be highly processed and dangerous as well. Some kibble contains processed meat by-products, chemical preservatives, and a host of other toxic ingredients like artificial flavors and colors.
Therefore, keep in mind that any type of food or treat you give your dog that is not a whole meat, grain, fruit, or veggie is processed and may not be good for them. The attitude toward the food we give our dogs is changing, but as long as it is done properly, giving whole foods can be the best thing for them!
How to React if Your Dog Consumes Too Much Bacon:
Call your vet for advice.
Make sure they have plenty of water to drink.
Take any remaining pieces of bacon away.
Safety Tips for Feeding Your Dog Bacon:
Avoid giving your dog bacon!