Can Dogs Eat Pork?

When making meals for your dog, you want to ensure it has a well-balanced and varied diet. Doing so keeps your pooch thriving for years. This means giving it plenty of proteins and changing up the menu from time to time. You know they can have chicken, beef and lamb. But, what about pork?

Can dogs eat pork? Yes, dogs can very much eat pork. In fact, it’s a common ingredient in many dog kibbles. Just ensure the pork is boneless and lean, trimming off any fat before cooking it. Also, raw pork is dangerous for dogs.

This article discuss the benefits of pork, some cautions and gives a few recipe suggestions. Of course, you should always speak with your vet to ensure pork will be appropriate to your dog’s health and diet.

What Are the Benefits of Dogs Eating Pork?

Pork is cheap and easy to prepare. It opens your dog’s daily menu and varies the proteins. Pork chocks full of amino acids and thiamine (or vitamin B1), which makes pork very digestible. Plus, it absorbs the flavors of the surrounding foods and brings a recipe together.

When Is Pork a Bad Idea for Dogs?

In most cases, pork is fine for dogs. The only time it wouldn’t be is if your vet advises against it because of certain stomach or digestive issues. Regardless, there is a specific kind of pork you can give your dog, you can’t feed it just any pork.

In other words, the pork must not have any bones and it must be lean. Also, you have to trim off as much of the fat from the meat as possible. Never let a dog eat pork fat, not even if you make pork rinds from it.

Which Types of Pork Are Best for Dogs?

Boneless pork chops, pork loin, pork shoulder or pork medallions are all fine for your furry friend to eat. Don’t let your dog consume pork with bones in it. The risk of choking on the bones is too great since they tend to be very fragile. Additionally, the bones can wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive tract.

Never feed a dog bacon, pork belly or cured meats like prosciutto. The high fat and salt content will make your dog very sick. Likewise, be judicious in how often you feed pork to your dog because it is rich and fatty.

What Kinds of Pork Recipes Are There for Dogs?

Crock Pork

With a preparation time of fewer than 10 minutes, this is deal for those busy days yet you must make some food for your pooch.

Items You’ll Need

  • Crockpot
  • Cutting Board
  • Freezer-Safe Containers
  • Knife
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spoon

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Pork, ground or cubed
  • 2 large Carrots, chopped
  • 1 large Apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 large Sweet Potato, chopped
  • 1½ Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Kale, chopped
  • 1 Cup Wild Rice
  • ½ Cup Blackberries

Instructions

  1. With a cutting board and knife, chop the veggies (and pork if necessary) into bite-sized pieces appropriate for your dog.
  2. Put the veggies into the Crock along with the blackberries, pork and wild rice.
  3. Pour in the water and mix everything well with the spoon.
  4. Cover and turn on the Crockpot to low heat and let simmer for up to five hours.
  5. Once fully cooked, stir all ingredients and let it cool down to room temperature.
  6. Portion the batch out into freezer-safe containers. This will keep in the fridge for up to a year.

Pooch’s Pork Casserole

This takes about an hour, but once cooled, you can feed some to your dog and freeze the rest. When you reheat this casserole, use the oven.

Items You’ll Need

  • Baking Sheet
  • Cutting Board
  • Freezer-Safe Containers
  • Knife
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large Spoon
  • Measuring Cups
  • Parchment Paper
  • Potato Peeler
  • Small Bowl
  • Steamer (or makeshift setup)

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Pork, cubed small
  • 2 cups White Rice
  • ½ Cup Sweet Potato, chopped
  • ½ Cup Carrots and Peas, frozen
  • ½ Cup grated Cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)

Instructions

  1. The oven should heat ahead of time to 350°F and place parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and chop it, set it off to the side.
  3. Inspect the pork to remove any fat or bones and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Place pork and sweet potato pieces on the baking sheet. Arrange them in such a way so sweet potato nestles between the pieces of pork.
  5. Bake the pork and sweet potato for 20 minutes.
  6. While you wait, start the water for the rice along with steaming the peas and carrots for 20 minutes, or until tender.
  7. Cook the rice as indicated on the package’s directions.  
  8. Allow the vegetables to cool and remove the pork and sweet potato from the oven. They should be thoroughly cooked and fairly soft.
  9. Allow all cooked items to cool for 15 minutes.
  10. Mix everything together in the large bowl along with the grated/shredded cheese.
  11. Let this continue to cool for another 10 to 20 minutes, ensuring the cheese fully melts.
  12. Once cool to the touch, offer some to your dog and then portion out the rest into freezer-safe containers.

Pork Jerky

For a tasty training treat, try this recipe on for size. You can reserve this for very difficult tasks that deserve a big reward when your pup does it right.

Items You’ll Need

  • Baking Sheet
  • Butter Knife
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork

Instructions

  1. Let the oven preheat on 130°F.
  2. Place some parchment on the baking sheet to cover it.
  3. Put the ground pork on the baking sheet and flatten to ⅛” thick with the rolling pin.
  4. Use the butter knife to perforate into square-sized pieces.
  5. Put the sheet into the oven and let dry out for eight hours.
  6. Drain off any excess fat left when finished drying.
  7. Crack apart the pieces and put them onto a fresh piece of parchment.
  8. Finish cooking these in the oven for up to five hours. They should be completely dry all the way through.