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No, you should never feed your a dog raw bacon. Raw pork often contains parasites and can result in your dog developing trichinellosis. Furthermore, bacon is extremely fatty and can cause various health issues for dogs such as pancreatitis1.

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Dangerous: This food is generally considered a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of dogs. Please contact your vet, a veterinary hospital or pet poison control if you suspect your dog has eaten this food recently.

How Much Raw Bacon is Toxic for Dogs?

Every dog is different, but the potential of harmful bacteria and parasites increases as the quantity of raw bacon eaten increases. A tiny amount of uncooked bacon may not cause problems. However, if your dog consumes a moderate amount of raw bacon, the most likely result will be an upset stomach. If your dog has eaten raw bacon and you observe side effects like diarrhea and vomiting you should contact your vet for advice as it could be a sign of pancreatitis or an infection from bacteria or parasites.

Symptoms of Raw Bacon Poisoning in Dogs

Raw bacon poisoning may occur within 24 hours of ingestion. Some of the symptoms are listed below:

Common and general symptoms: Lethargy, reduced appetite, diarrhea, vomiting
Rare and severe symptoms Seizures, coma, tremors, incoordination
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Actions to Take if Your Dog Eats Raw Bacon

Monitor them for symptoms. Diarrhea and vomiting are cause for concern and should be presented to your vet. If the symptoms are less severe, such as a reduced appetite, your dog may simply have an upset stomach and should recover on its own. If your dog has eaten raw bacon, ensure they have access to plenty of water – hydration is important to flush toxins and offset the excess salt they ingested from the raw bacon.

How is Bacon Poisoning Treated in Dogs?

For mild symptoms, rest and remaining hydrated may be sufficient. However, if your dog shows severe bacon or salt poisoning symptoms, the vet will administer an intravenous drip to provide your dog with fluids and may prescribe deworming agents if trichinellosis2 is diagnosed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If your dog ate more than a small pinch of raw bacon, you should call your vet for advice.

  • No, odds are one small bite of raw bacon will go unnoticed. However, dog owners should avoid feeding their pups raw meats of any kind.

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About the Writer
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.