Can Dogs Eat Sausage?

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It’s a question that has plagued mankind for years: can dogs eat sausage? The answer is yes, they can! Dogs love all sorts of meats and sausages are no exception.

In fact, many veterinarians recommend giving your dog some type of meat in order to keep them healthy and strong. But there are a few things you need to be aware of before feeding your pup any type of food including sausage.

Are sausages okay for dogs?

Sausages, like many meats and meat products, are not suitable for dogs.

Dogs do not have the same digestive system as humans or other omnivores such as pigs or chickens – they lack salivary amylase which breaks down starch into sugar.

As a result, if your dog eats foods that contain high amounts of starch (such as breads, pasta and sausages) it will be very difficult for them to digest properly and may even cause stomach upset.

Sausages generally contain very high amounts of salt and fat which can also cause problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

However, if you’re looking for sausage alternatives that your dog might like then try one of these: 

  • Bully sticks (low in fat and protein)
  • Dinner rolls or hotdog buns (if they don’t have any seasoning on them)
  • Rice cakes, rice crackers or low salt pretzels (not the cheese flavoured ones though!)
  • Lean meat (beef, chicken and pork)
  • Canned tuna or salmon in water (not brine!)
  • Vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes or green beans.

Can sausage hurt dogs?

Sausage, like other meat products is generally safe for dogs to eat.

The biggest concern with sausage and dog food is the ingredients used in sausage making process.

Some of these ingredients include the preservatives erythorbates which can cause stomach upset in some dogs when eaten.

In addition add-ons such as cheese or peanut butter that may be unhealthy if over consumed by your pet should also be avoided when feeding them a treat from our plate .

Dogs need their own special diet just like humans do so it’s important you talk with a vet before adding anything new into your pup’s routine!

raw sausage

Can dogs eat plain sausage? 

Yes, dogs can eat plain sausage.

Dogs do not typically like spicy or sweet foods so most sausages are okay for them to devour in moderation.

Sausage is high in fat and protein which makes it a great option as an occasional treat for your dog.

Dogs should only be given plain sausage with no added ingredients such as spices or sauces that could upset their stomachs and cause digestive problems.

If your dog eats too much sausage and gets the runs you may want to cut back on the amount they get each day until he adjusts his body type to digesting large amounts of meat products at once.

Usually cooking the sausage will make it safer but raw sausage has been found safe under specific guidelines when consumed by dogs.


Can dogs eat turkey sausage? 

Yes, dogs can eat turkey sausage.

Turkey is a healthier alternative to beef or pork and has been found safe in moderation for most dog breeds including small breed varieties.

If your dog suffers from food allergies you should not feed them any type of red meat products like sausages which could cause an allergic reaction that may be severe enough to send your pet into shock.

You will want to introduce new foods slowly over time if possible so that his body has the chance to get used it instead of getting overwhelmed by too many changes at once.

This includes adding spices like garlic powder or onion flakes as well as various types of meats such as beef, chicken, pork, and fish all at once without giving him a chance to adjust.

dog eating sausage

Can dogs eat sausage casings? 

Yes, you can give your dog any type of sausage casing as long as it is plain and does not contain added spices or sauces that could upset his stomach.

You may want to cut the casings into small pieces before feeding him so he doesn’t try to chew on them which could cause choking hazards if they get lodged in his throat causing an obstruction with his airway passages.

Sausage casings are usually made from animal intestines since this material is very sturdy and hold up under pressure when cooked inside a sausage link without breaking down too much during cooking.

This makes sausages safer than most other types of high protein meats such as bacon because bacons grease drippings can cause a dog to choke on the fatty particles.


Why you should not give your dogs sausage? 

There are several reasons why you may want to avoid giving your dog pork or beef sausage products because of health risks associated with ingesting this type of meat in large quantities.

Pork sausages have been found to contain an abundance of high levels of cholesterol which could lead to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems over time if consumed too often by a pet who is overweight from eating these meats at every meal day after day.

You will also need to watch out for any added spices that might be included in the recipe since many common types such as garlic powder, onion flakes, chili pepper, salt, and sugar among others could cause allergies in sensitive breeds.

cooked sausage

Can dogs eat hot dog sausage? 

This depends on a variety of factors that should be considered before purchasing or giving your pet any type of food product even in moderation.

If you know that he does not have heart disease, diabetes, cancer (especially with the stomach), or allergies then it may be okay to give them pork-based sausages like regular beef frankfurters but only if they are plain and contain no added spices such as garlic powder which could cause digestive issues otherwise.

Beef is usually better for most dog breeds than pork unless you can find an organic form without antibiotics since this might make it safer to use more often over time since there is less chance of ingesting harmful chemicals during cooking byproducts associated with meat grown with antibiotics.


Can Dogs Eat Sausage Rolls?

Some dogs can eat sausage rolls, but it is important to check the ingredients before giving them anything new.

There are some concerns that raw meat may not be safe for pets and there have been reports of a type of parasite found in sausages called toxoplasmosis which has caused many dog deaths annually.

It’s best to avoid feeding your pup any meats bought outside from trusted sources as this could pose a risk if they contain preservatives or other chemicals harmful to animals.


Can Dogs Eat Sausage as a Treat?

Dogs can eat sausage as a treat, but it’s not the best food for them.

You should limit feeding your dog sausage because of its high fat and sodium content which could lead to obesity problems in some dogs (this information is from Purina).

Sausage also has an extremely low amount of protein compared to other types of meat, so if you do give your pup this type of treat make sure that they are getting enough protein overall.



Dogs can eat sausage if they are properly cooked.

Make sure to cut it up into small pieces so the dog has an easier time chewing them and swallowing them without getting choked on them.

If you’re nervous about giving your dog human food, make sure that it is not part of their main diet (more than once a week).

You should never give dogs any type of meat with bones or gristle in it because this could cause potential injuries for your pup!

Instead try to stick to vegetables like green beans or carrots as these are low calorie healthy options that also will provide some fiber for your furry friend.

Rita Wagener
Rita is a resident paw expert at Pet Keepers. A registered & licensed dog trainer, she also has a degree in animal nutrition, and runs her own dog training course.

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