May 17


Can Dogs Eat Salami

can dogs eat salami

Can Dogs Eat Salami?

Who doesn’t like salami? Salami is the best pizza ingredient ever. It has been made for many years and dates back to the Middle Ages in Italy, where curing meat was devised as a method of preserving it to last longer. Can something so tasty also be good for our dogs or us? Of course not. Dogs are hardwired to love meat. But the sodium and fat in these products are toxic to dogs. And dogs can’t read.

Salami Is Manufactured.

Modern commercially produced salamis and other cured meats, such as bologna and pepperoni, contain ingredients added by the manufacturer to make the product more palatable and appealing as well as preserving it.

Salt - Salt is common to all curing solu­tions. It is the only requirement for a product to be considered cured and plays an important role in the production of pro­cessed meat.

Phosphates - Phosphates are used in the production of salami to retain moisture, soften proteins and inhibit rancidity, resulting in improved texture, juiciness, and flavor.

Water - Water serves as a carrier for salt and other ingredients allowing uniform distribution of these substances throughout the meat. It is also added to enhance the tenderness, juiciness, and overall palatability of the product. 

Sugar - A variety of sugars, including molasses and other sweeteners, are com­monly used in the production of pro­cessed meat and salami. Sugars used range from sucrose (cane or beet sugar) to dextrose. Sugar improves flavor and disguises the taste of salt. 

Spices - Certain spices act to inhibit bacterial growth and oxidation. Among the spices most com­monly used in sausages are red, white and black pepper, allspice, bay leaf, mustard, garlic, anise, and cinnamon.

 Fat - The fat content of hot dogs, bologna, and most salamis is limited by the USDA to a maximum of 30 percent.

Mechanically Separated Meat­ - After conventional hand­ deboning, machines are used to separate the meat sticking to bones, which increases the yield of meat obtained from carcasses. The common level of usage for mechanically separated meat (MSM) in sausage is 5 to 10 percent of the weight. However, USDA regulations permit use-levels up to 20 percent MSM from beef, pork, or lamb if MSM is listed in the ingredient statement on the label. 

Extenders and Binders - Certain sausage products may contain extenders and binders, alone or in combination, such as dry milk , flours, cereals, etc. 

A variety of compounds are added to fresh and dry salami in regulated amounts to combat oxidative rancidity. The most common of these antioxidants are BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), and propyl gallate.

The above is true for most commercially prepared meats, including salami, hot dogs, bologna and pepperoni.

Still Like salami?

Can dogs eat salami? Can dogs eat sausage? Once in awhile, it won’t do any harm. If you feed it regularly, it could cause problems for your dog that might have awful consequences. Salami is made for humans. A dog’s digestion is not the same as a human’s. The dietary requirements of dogs are not the same as those for humans.

The three culprits are salt, fat and sugar. Salami and other styles of sausages are not made for dogs. The high salt content is dangerous because their livers and kidneys cannot process high volumes of salt. Salt toxicity causes increased thirst, disorientation, scratching, extreme lethargy and weakness. Extremely high levels of salt can lead to seizures and coma. Fat, salt and sugar consumed in large amounts are very bad for your dog. If you regularly feed your dog products like this, you are poisoning them. Onions, garlic, nutmeg, chocolate products, and some other spices and food additives are known to cause diarrhea and stomach pain in dogs. On the other hand, some herbs have a beneficial effect. Particularly cinnamon, turmeric and parsley. Some fruits are toxic. Cheese and dairy products and nuts are all products that are also highly likely to cause health problems in your dog.

Can they eat salami? No. The mildest problem might be increased thirst.

Can they eat bacon? Can your dog have raw bacon? Not raw, and not cooked.

Can your pets eat sausage? Not regularly.

 Pets will often eat anything you eat if you let them.

Can dogs eat raw bacon? People differ on this subject. Some think it’s best to feed raw meat to dogs. Others insist that meat needs to be cooked to avoid contamination. Bacon is a cured meat and this makes it also for your dog.

There are prepared rolls of dog meat like salami that you can buy from the supermarket chiller.

One of the premium beef rolls available in the USA is Redbarn Beef Recipe. This is a semi moist prepared roll of meat that can be diced and fed as a supplement or as a main meal. It has a minimum of 5% fat,1.5% fiber, 43% moisture and 13% protein. It has added vitamins and is considered a safe salami for dogs. It has a lot less sodium and fat than commercially prepared salami, which can have as much as 4% salt and 60% fat. This product is a dog salami you can safely feed your dog. When feeding, make sure the meat is not high in fat or salt or sugar. To avoid health issues and also keep your pet safe and healthy, don’t give your dog salami meant for human consumption, it is not good for dogs.

Deciding what is best to feed your dog can be confusing. The best policy is to stick with what is most natural. Cooked meat is best. Can dogs eat bacon; can they eat raw bacon; can dogs eat sausages? Is salami safe for dogs. No, It is not safe.

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Stan Jones

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