The canine diet is the most controversial issue in terms of establishing norms, prohibitions and content rules. Here we are people, we can not hamburgers, fizzy drinks, cake with cream-poisonous green color, but we all eat it, sometimes we share with our pets. The worst consequences of eating unhealthy foods – poisoning and obesity, as they say, knew what they were going. As for dogs in almost any veterinary directory, along with the ban on chicken bones, there is a taboo on pork. With chicken bones, everything is clear, but why no one explained the dogs to pork, and this question arises among many breeders. Let’s try to figure out and find out the reasons for the ban, whether it is justified.
Pork, as part of the dog’s diet – for and against
The dogs are the closest descendants of the wolves. Based on the nature of origin, there are first serious doubts about the relevance of the ban on pork. The wolves do not go over what they have for dinner, those who are caught, so they eat. But there is also a counter-argument, the wild pig grows in conditions different from the farm, it moves a lot, does not use antibiotics, eat “clean” food and has a normal hormonal background. So, can a dog be fed with pork depends on the way the pig is kept? – Is not a fact!
Now, in the “truth or myth” mode, we consider the most common reasons for banning pork and find out whether the origin of meat is important.
Pork more often than other types of meat is infected with parasites and viruses – True!
By the way, pigs "love to live in the dirt" – this is a myth, but now is not about that. The total disregard for the sanitary and hygienic standards of keeping pigs, violations of the cultivation technology and veterinary control, have devastating consequences for years. Stimulation of growth and inhibition of the hormonal system of animals has led to the fact that the next generation practically do not have immunity to a number of diseases. Pigs are intermediate carriers of the following diseases:
- Helmiozia and its subspecies. Worms that infect the intestines and digestive system.
- Toksokaroz (nematodoses) – extremely dangerous in the course of the disease. The worms themselves are not dangerous, but their larvae can migrate through the body of the dog, literally eating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, brain and other organs.
- Hidden rabies (Aujeszky’s disease) – the disease is transient and deadly for dogs, but not dangerous for humans. The main problem is the lack of control over the infection of pork. Meat is not checked for virus before being sold.
- Tenioz (tapeworm) – A rare, but very dangerous disease. The initial symptoms are weight loss and growth arrest, the consequences are CNS damage of various degrees and death. Infection is easily diagnosed, but the disease is rare, so it is often overlooked.
Important! The most persistent pathogens of all of the above diseases are Aujeszky’s virus and pork tapeworm. When a dog eats contaminated raw meat, the probability of infection is almost 100%. But! Boiling in boiling water for 45–60 minutes will not leave parasites a chance of life.
Pork is harmful because fatty is a myth!
For the normal life of the dog in its diet should be included fats. It is inappropriate to compare with a person, dogs are more active, their basic body temperature is higher, they grow and age more quickly. It is impossible to feed the dog with fat and fatty meat – this will lead to obesity, but it is illogical to exclude fatty foods. Lack of fat and fatty acids is the first cause of skin diseases, problems of wool and abnormalities of the central nervous system.
Fat pork is hard to digest, so it is harmful – True!
Indeed, pork is harmful to dogs if it contains more than 60% fat. Such meat is digested within 12–14 hours, instead of the prescribed 6–8. But the same statement applies to beef and lamb. White poultry meat, rabbit meat is relatively easy to digest.
Regular feeding of pork can cause intestines to twist – Myth!
The first reason for intestinal twisting is physical exertion with an overcrowded stomach; it doesn’t matter here that they fed the dog. Most often, such problems occur after eating meat due to the low speed of the digestive process. A special risk group is young shepherds, their diet should consist of several meals, in small portions.
Pork raises cholesterol – bye True!
Regular consumption of fatty foods increases blood cholesterol levels. This applies to all fatty meats, dairy products and fish. It should be noted that this statement has every chance to migrate to the section of myths. Recent studies in human dietetics have shown that cholesterol contained in meat and human blood has a different chemical structure and origin. Perhaps the same results will show the studies of dogs.
You may not believe, but! Boiled diet pork contains less cholesterol than white poultry or beef.
Is there no safe pork?
Unfortunately not, safe meat and fish do not exist in principle. No, this does not mean that a dog from tomorrow becomes a vegetarian or pork for a dog is now under a complete taboo. This means that before making a menu with pork, each owner must consider a few points:
- It is advisable not to give the dog raw pork. This also applies to offal, trachea, ears and moslakov.
- In the diet of the dog must be present raw meat. Choose a bird or beef that underwent a sanitary inspection for the presence of parasites.
- The dog can be given lean cooked pork. Every day this is not worth doing, it is better to replace meat with offal, which also needs to be boiled down.
- Deep freezing does not guarantee safety! This applies to all types of meat and fish.
Interestingly, producers of dry and canned feed are the most active instigators of the ban on the use of raw meat and fat. At the same time they produce food containing up to 15% fat and thermally processed pork, more often its waste.
In any matter of the content of the pet, the first condition must be safety, the second – the absence of fanaticism. Do not believe categorical prohibitions, if they are not justified and not supported by facts. Caution should be observed, but it is important to remember that we live in an advertising world that can manipulate our minds and habits.