Does pork have a similar flavor and consistency to human flesh? (I don't know the answer to that!)
If you feed your dog pork are they going to see you as "the meal" instead of the server of their meal? Perhaps feeding pork is the real cause of human dog bites and attacks?
This is literally what I read on a Facebook group this week! As a serious precaution!
I mean where do people get these ideas anyway?
Once you finally stop laughing read on...
Most cats and dogs love pork and do very well having it included in their diet.
Besides the incredibly misguided warning that it can cause your dog to want to eat you! you may have heard that pork is too high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, and that pork contains a parasite that can be deadly to dogs.
While it's true certain cuts of pork have a quite a lot of fat, not all do. We have been led to believe that fat is the enemy with our own diet and this idea has flowed down to our pet's diets as well. A moderate level of fat is actually really good for your dog, supplying them with their energy needs. In it's raw form it is easily digested and does not cause pancreatitis.
Trichinosis used to be a big problem in raw pork. But today with the widespread adoption of better feeding practices and hygiene it has virtually been eliminated. According to the CDC there were 84 human cases of trichinosis reported from 2008 to 2012 for the entire United States and 43 of those cases were from eating wild game (bear). Only 6 of the 84 cases were linked to eating wild pigs. Wild bear meat is the one you want to avoid due to a high rate of trichinosis infection.
Pork is a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, a good source of taurine, thiamine, niacin, selenium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, and it's rich in vitamin B6, iron, magnesium and potassium.
As a raw feeder, owners should strive to diversify their dog or cat's protein sources. Don't believe the hype, there is no good reason to avoid feeding raw pork. It’s an affordable, healthy option that can give your pet the nutrients they need!
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