Can a dog eat (raw) pork?
There are dog owners who like to give their dog fresh (raw) meat. They think this is a more natural way of feeding than chunks and canned meat. According to the proponents of fresh (raw) meat, the dogs have fewer stomach and intestinal problems. But what if your dog eats raw pork consciously or accidentally? Is this harmful to your dog? Can your puppy or older dog get sick of it or in the worst case die of it? Is it wise to consult a veterinarian? Read on for answers to these questions.
What is pork?
Pork, as the name suggests, comes from the pig. In the Netherlands pork is one of the most commonly eaten meats. Pork is also regularly used in Asian cuisine. The best known products of pigs are: ham, minced meat, pork chop and bacon.
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Nutrients in pork
Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12
Vitamin A occurs in the pig liver.
Is pork dangerous for a dog?
Raw pork may contain a virus that causes Aujeszky’s disease in the dog. This virus is harmless to humans but very dangerous for your dog. Therefore do not give pork to your dog. If you still want to do this, make sure that the meat is 100% over-cooked so that the virus is killed. When dogs eat contaminated pork they get the virus inside. The virus multiplies in the dog’s brain. The symptoms are behavioral changes and the dog becomes very ill. The brain is starting to function less and less. After a few days the dog dies.
Do I have to go to a vet?
For a dog infected with the Aujeszky virus is not a drug. The infected dog dies a few days after eating contaminated meat. Consultation with a veterinarian is desirable. Together with the vet it can be checked whether life is bearable for the dog.