Bacon has long been a staple in the American kitchen, filling the bellies of families during Sunday breakfasts and on lazy Wednesday evenings. You’ve probably seen your dog’s senses go on high alert as soon as that strip of bacon starts sizzling in the pan. After all, what meat-loving creature isn’t tempted by bacon? But before you start slipping your pup tidbits of this treat, consider that it’s actually not the best thing for your dog to be eating.
Can You Give Your Bacon ?
The short answer is no. Bacon is particularly high in fat, and most dogs aren’t able to metabolize large amounts of saturated fat like humans can, leading to a painful stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, and a loss of appetite. The high salt content in bacon can sometimes bloat the stomach or twist the intestines, both of which can be deadly if they aren’t surgically corrected. The pancreas can become painfully inflamed when a large amount of bacon (and its fat) is eaten, a condition called pancreatitis.
What Is Pancreatitis, and Can Bacon Really Cause It ?
The pancreas is designed to aid food digestion by producing enzymes that break food down. Unfortunately, it isn’t able to fully break down an onslaught of saturated fat, the type of fat found in bacon. When it’s overloaded with fat, the pancreas becomes inflamed. As the inflammation takes hold of the pancreas, it blocks the enzymes from entering the digestive tract and causes them to flood the abdominal space. When this happens, the enzymes begin to digest the fat and proteins in other organs, including the pancreas. This is very painful to a dog, but it is treatable.