Can dogs eat pigs in blankets?

There are some things that we include in our Christmas lunches that many wish we could enjoy all year round, and pigs in blankets are very high on many people’s lists. Those delicious little sausages, wrapped in wonderful streaky bacon create an aroma that warms the home and the soul as they are cooked up on Christmas day and enjoyed by all at dinner time. But should you allow your dog the chance to enjoy these wonderful pork treats as well? Let’s take a look.

No pigging out

Many of you may be thinking that given that these magical morsels are made of pork, there wouldn’t be anything wrong with giving one or two to your dog. Well, while pork can make a fine treat for any four-legged friend, it has to be lean pork or else your dog could develop weight issues if they indulge too much or too often. And lean pork these ain’t.

Pigs in blankets are kept as a yearly treat for us humans because they are just about the most unhealthy thing you can consume that’s made of pork. They are very, very fattening and this is another reason why you’ll rarely see them ever being made with a full sized sausage – chipolatas can even seem a bit decadent and so cocktail sausages are more typically the norm. Too much fat can cause all sorts of issues for dogs, from weight gain to pancreatitis, and none of that is fun to deal with.

What’s more, pigs in blankets are so delicious because they are usually very, very salty, and this is something else that you should always look out for in your dog’s diet. Too much salt and you may be dealing with anything from vomiting or diarrhoea, to seizures.



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