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No, in general dogs should not eat turkey bacon. Since dogs love bacon, most pet owners tend to feed their fur babies bacon as a source of meat. However, the high fat and salt content make it unfit for your pet’s regular meals. Turkey bacon tends to have less fat and more protein than typical pork bacon, but turkey bacon is still full of sodium and potential additives and must be used with extreme caution even when added as a rare treat. Cooked turkey bacon that is uncured, and has low sodium (meaning less salt) and no toxic additives (onion, garlic, xylitol) can be given in small amounts.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Unsafe, but not toxic in moderation
Nutritional Issues High fat and salt content
Potential Risks Abdominal pain, pancreatitis, dehydration
Poisoning Symptoms Indigestion, upset stomach
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Turkey Bacon is Bad for Dogs?

Turkey bacon in small quantities is not toxic, but giving it to your dog regularly can be very harmful. Therefore, it is best to avoid turkey bacon all together but you can give your dog a very small amount on special occasions. Due to the salt and fat content, turkey bacon shouldn’t be a common ingredient in their food.

Signs That My Dog Ate Too Much Turkey Bacon

Turkey bacon may not show an instant reaction in our dog’s body, but if they have consumed a large amount in one go or have been consuming turkey bacon regularly then you might start observing symptoms like:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Dehydration
  • Stomach ache

Severe and Rare Symptoms

  • Pancreatitis
  • Xylitol poisoning (from the additives)
  • Garlic or onion toxicity

Actions to Take

If you feel your dog might have eaten a more than small amount of turkey bacon, ensure they have access to fresh water since on average bacon has about 360mg of salt per ounce. If you observe any of the symptoms listed above, you should contact your vet for instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Turkey bacon in large quantities can be harmful to your dog; the increased amount of fat is unhealthy for their heart and pancreas, and the sodium levels can be difficult to digest, causing bloating, indigestion, stomach ache and vomiting.

  • Unless your dog consumes an unusually large amount of bacon or is sick prior to consuming it, turkey bacon ingestion is unlikely to be fatal. However, this doesn’t mean it’s safe to feed bacon to them purposely; it’s best to keep them away from it.

  • No, raw turkey bacon is especially bad due to the risk of complications from bacterial contamination.

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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.