i would highly reccomend that If pork be given to dogs or any other meat foods for that matter it should be cooked !! there is the idea / a philosophy that raw diets fed to dogs is healthy --- first , we genetically engineered canids through breeding -- they are not wolves and besides wolves eat quickly so that food does not have as long to become contaminated with dangerous microorganisms . our dogs are suseptable to microorganisms via a gastral route . Haven't you ever seen a dog develop a gasatroenteritis ?? vomitt or develop diarrhea ?? also ... let me just add that smoked and processed pork is as healthy to dogs as it is to people .you can figure that value out on your own . with all the other more nutritious meats -- why consider pork anyway.
"with all the other more nutritious meats -- why consider pork anyway."
Who knows--maybe the person who initially asked the question has access to pork at little or no cost, and wants to see if they can supply their dogs with a quality diet while watching their wallet. Maybe he or she can raise and butcher their own hogs at less cost and with better accessibility than would be associated with a commercial dog food.
Bottom line is that there's nothing wrong with feeding pork to dogs that do not have a history of acute or chronic pancreatitis, so long as all excess fat is removed prior to cooking, and the meat is cooked sufficiently enough to remove the fat that creates the marbling effect in the muscle.
Feeding *raw* pig to your dog is a totally appropriate way to feed. Cooking it (pork), feeding kibble, or any other innappropriate food item is an innapropriate diet to feed your dog. I have seen more dogs develop "gasatroenteritis ?? vomitt or develop diarrhea ??" (as you say) on inappropriate foods than I have eating foods that they (the dog) were designed to eat. There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeding raw pig meat to your dog. I have been doing it for several years without incident. The key to feeding a NRD is to offer a wide variety of raw meat, raw organ, and raw bone from as many different species as possible.
Thank you for all the reply. Is it healthy to feed pork? I am just wondering why there is no pork flavor in commercial dog food. The truth is I have cheap access to pork meat because that is my business. I have been feeding my GSD with cooked pork, they reach 12 years of age but I observed they have difficulty in breathing when they reach 10 years old specially during hot nights. They have difficulty breathing while sleeping.
One of the chewable heartworm preventative tablets has uses a pork-derived base, actually--Interceptor.
I'm not sure why there aren't any pork-focused dog foods on the market, save for the fact that perhaps it due to the fact that historically it's been the custom to 'use everything but the squeal' when it comes to butchering hogs. ;^) On the other hand, cooked pig ears are a very popular dog treat on the market--but again, for dogs with low tolerance to animal fats, they can (and do) bring on bouts of acute pancreatitis. Let me repeat that--*for dogs with low tolerance to animal fats*. Not all dogs. Doesn't matter if it's raw or cooked. Some dogs simply don't process animal fats, especially lard, very well, and for those dogs pork must be used with caution, if at all.
Ryken1, if you can get pork and pork by-products easily and inexpensively, and your dogs have been doing well on the over the years, I don't see any reason for you to change what you've been doing.
As for the difficulty breathing while sleeping, that would suggest the possibility of some congestion in the heart and/or lungs, which your vet ought to be able to pick up on a thorough physical. If he or she has found nothing, then I wouldn't be too concerned about that, either. Twelve years of age is certainly nothing to sneer at...even though we'd prefer to have them with us for far longer than that if we could.
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