Pigs are fascinating creatures. They can often times be highly intelligent, funny and kind. Conversely, they can also be mean. They have been, and still are, treasured pets. However, I am not a vegetarian, and neither are our omnivore canine friends. The question is, can Greyhounds and other dog breeds safely eat pork?
Pork can be bad for dogs, and here is why:
First, pigs will eat anything, including insects, worms, flesh of other dead animals including other pigs and garbage. Because of this parasite infestations can be carried to man from pigs. Also, pigs don’t sweat, which means that they do not eliminate built up toxins.
Trichinosis is a food-borne disease which can infect pigs (and then your dog) when the pig develops roundworm, which is uncommon in the United States. Humans and dogs alike can develop roundworm when they have eaten under-cooked or raw meat from anther animal that is infected. Symptoms of roundworm include muscle soreness and pain, upper eyelid swelling and often times can lead to more severe symptoms.
In order to lessen the risk of developing roundworm it is suggested that you freeze pork for three weeks, or longer. You should also thoroughly cook all pork. All raw and under-cooked meat should be avoided, including chicken, beef and other wild animals.
Pork is also rich and contains a type of fat that is difficult to digest for Greyhounds and other dogs. This type of fat can cause indigestion. Also, high fat food can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
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