Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Yes, dogs can eat pork, but only if it's thoroughly cooked and prepared safely. Raw or undercooked pork carries the risk of parasites like trichinosis, which can be harmful to both dogs and humans.  When serving pork as a treat, opt for plain, unseasoned cuts with all visible fat removed. It's best to offer it in small quantities as an occasional snack rather than a regular part of your dog's diet.

Nutritional Value

Pork provides a range of nutrients beneficial for dogs, including:

  • Protein: Essential for muscle maintenance and growth.
  • Vitamins B6 and B12: Support energy production and cognitive function.
  • Minerals: Such as zinc, selenium, and phosphorus, which are vital for immune function, thyroid health, and bone health.

Nutritional Comparison Table

This table compares the nutritional value of pork to the average daily requirements for dogs of different sizes, focusing on the key nutrients found in pork.


Value per 100g of Pork

Small Dogs (1-10 kg) Daily Requirement*

Medium Dogs (11-26 kg) Daily Requirement*

Large Dogs (27+ kg) Daily Requirement*


~242 kcal

200 - 400 kcal

400 - 800 kcal

800 - 1,600 kcal


~18 g

25 - 50 g

50 - 75 g

75 - 100 g


~20 g

10 - 20 g

20 - 40 g

40 - 80 g

Vitamin B6

~0.4 mg

0.18 - 0.55 mg

0.55 - 1.1 mg

1.1 - 2.2 mg

Vitamin B12

~0.6 µg

9 - 13 µg

13 - 20 µg

20 - 50 µg


~30.2 µg

36 - 90 µg

90 - 120 µg

120 - 200 µg


~2 mg

2 - 3 mg

3 - 7 mg

7 - 15 mg

*These daily requirements are approximations and can vary based on the dog's specific health, lifestyle, and dietary needs. Always consult with a veterinarian for personalised dietary advice.

This table highlights that while pork can provide a significant amount of protein and essential nutrients, its high-calorie and fat content means it should be offered in moderation, especially considering the dietary needs and health status of the dog and also to avoid pancreatitis, a condition that can be triggered by high-fat foods.

Food Suitability

Pork that is plain, cooked, and unseasoned is generally safe for dogs. It should be free from additives, spices, and sauces. Raw pork should be avoided due to the risk of parasites and bacterial infections, such as trichinosis.

Feeding Instructions

  • Cook thoroughly: Ensure pork is well-cooked to kill any harmful pathogens.
  • Remove bones: Pork bones can splinter and pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
  • Moderation: Given its fat content, pork should only be a small part of your dog's diet.


  • High Fat Content: Can lead to obesity and pancreatitis.
  • Choking Hazard: Bones can splinter and cause choking or intestinal blockage.
  • Parasites and Bacteria: Raw or undercooked pork can carry harmful pathogens.

Allergies and Sensitivities

Some dogs may be allergic or sensitive to pork. Watch for signs of allergic reactions, including itching, ear infections, or gastrointestinal upset. If these occur, discontinue feeding pork and consult your veterinarian.

Alternatives to Pork

For owners seeking alternatives to pork for their dogs, there are several other protein sources that can be just as nutritious and potentially lower in fat:

  • Chicken: A leaner meat that's widely accepted in dog diets, offering high protein with less fat.
  • Turkey: Another lean poultry option, rich in protein and low in fat, especially when the skin is removed.
  • Fish: Offers omega-3 fatty acids beneficial for skin, coat, and joint health. Opt for fish known to be low in mercury, like salmon or sardines.


Can dogs eat raw pork?

It's not recommended to feed dogs raw pork due to the risk of parasites and bacteria that can cause infections such as trichinosis.

Is pork safe for all dogs?

While most dogs can safely eat cooked, unseasoned pork in moderation, dogs with specific health issues like pancreatitis should avoid high-fat meats. Always consult with a veterinarian before introducing new foods.

How much pork can I feed my dog?

Pork should only make up a small portion of a dog's diet. Treats and other non-dog food items shouldn't exceed 10% of their total daily caloric intake.

Can dogs be allergic to pork?

Yes, dogs can be allergic to pork. Just like humans, dogs can develop allergies to any type of food, and pork is no exception. If a dog is allergic to pork, they may exhibit symptoms such as skin irritation, gastrointestinal upset, or more severe allergic reactions.

Our dog food allergy test can help give you piece of mind before feeding your dog new foods.

Portion Sizes (Table Format)

Considering pork's nutritional content, here are suggested portion sizes for dogs of different sizes. Remember, these are guidelines for pork as an occasional treat, not a regular part of their diet.

Dog Size

Suggested Portion


1-2 small pieces (about 1 inch cube)


2-3 medium pieces (about 1-2 inch cubes)


3-4 large pieces (about 2 inch cubes)

These portion sizes aim to provide a treat without contributing to excessive calorie or fat intake. Always ensure the pork is cooked thoroughly and free from bones and seasoning.


Pork can be a tasty treat for dogs when prepared and served correctly. Its high protein content and essential vitamins and minerals can complement a dog's balanced diet. However, due to its high fat content and the risks associated with raw pork, it's essential to serve pork cooked and in moderation, following the recommended portion sizes. 


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