Can I give my dog a slice of bacon? Yes, dogs can eat bacon, but it’s not recommended. For a meat-eating animal, there’s no doubt that bacon is a tasty and tempting treat. But bacon is also salty, fatty, processed, and just generally not good for your dog. If your dog sneaks a small bite of bacon, it’s not cause for alarm—it’s not toxic per se.
How much bacon is OK for dogs? If your dog tolerates bacon and shows no signs of gastrointestinal upset, you may feed it bacon in small amounts. You can offer a small dog about 1/8 to 1/4 of a strip (dogs < 20 pounds), a medium-sized dog (dogs 21 – 55 pounds) around 1/2 of a strip, and about 3/4 to 1 strip for a large dog (over 55 pounds).
What if my dog ate bacon? A small quantity of uncooked bacon is very unlikely to cause issues. If your pup eats a large amount, then the most likely outcome will be an upset stomach. The high fat and salt content can be quite irritating to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract (guts). It can cause bloating, vomiting and diarrhea.
Can you give dogs cooked bacon? Should Dogs Eat Bacon? As with any food, it’s all about moderation. Giving your dog small amounts of cooked bacon infrequently should not cause harm, but there are much healthier human food alternatives. Just because a food isn’t acutely toxic to a dog, doesn’t mean they should indulge in it.