You’ve fired up the Barbeque on a nice sunny day, and you’ve put some Sausages on, but your canine friend is right by your side hoping for a bite or two.
You certainly are not alone if you are tempted to cook up an extra sausage or cut one into pieces just for your companion.
However, while it might seem obvious that Sausages are okay for dogs to eat, there are a few things you may want to understand before you hand any out.
Can Dogs Eat Sausages?
Yes, dogs can safely eat sausages in moderation; however, they are not an ideal component of their diet and should not be fed to them on a regular basis.
The primary reason for this is that Sausages are often highly processed food, high in saturated fat and salt, which are not an ideal component of their diet.
You should also be cautious about what type of sausages that you feed to a dog because of the secondary ingredients they may contain.
While meat ingredients, like Pork, or Beef, or Lamb, are not a problem for dogs, some secondary ingredients found in sausages like Nutmeg, Garlic, or Onions can be problematic and even toxic in high enough doses.
If you are going to feed your dog sausages, try to ensure they are plain as possible with minimal other ingredients outside of meats.
Are Sausages Bad For Dogs?
As we mentioned previously, the issue with Sausages for dogs is that they are processed food high in saturated fat and salt.
For example, we researched some plain pork sausages from a UK supermarket and found that they contain the following:
- 172 Calories
- 14.2g of Fat
- 5g of Saturated Fat
- 0.6g of salt
While dogs need both fat and salt in their diet, excessive amounts can cause health issues, especially in certain vulnerable dogs.
For example, some dogs with health issues like High Blood Pressure or Cognitive Heart Failure need to consume a diet low in sodium, or their health issues can be exacerbated.
Saturated fat, on the other hand, can be problematic to many more dogs and lead to weight gain or even obesity in some cases if it is not eaten in moderation.
This is especially true for smaller breed dogs, who may have a low daily calorie requirement. For these dogs, a single sausage could represent as much as a quarter of their daily required calorie intake.
Another possible issue with Sausages is how they are cooked or prepared before they are eaten. While it may be delicious to fry up sausages in a frying pan with oil, this cooking process adds even more saturated fat to the sausages.
Instead, it would be better to grill or bake the sausages, which should avoid any more fat being added and make them leaner.
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Sausages?
Every dog owner knows if you leave food unattended, that your dog is almost certain to take a bite if they can, and this is no different for sausages.
Thankfully, if your dog has snuck a sausage or two while you weren’t watching, you probably don’t need to worry too much.
Even an excessive amount of sausages eaten at once is unlikely to have any serious consequences. However, some dogs may experience some classic digestive issues after eating food they would not normally consume.
This can include common digestive upset symptoms like Vomiting and Diarrhea. You may want to keep a close eye on your dog over the next 24 hours to see if any symptoms occur or they develop anything more serious.
However, if those sausages contain some ingredients that you believe your dog may react to poorly or experience more severe symptoms, you should contact your veterinary professional for advice and guidance.