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Can Dogs Eat Turkey Bacon? Nutrition Facts & Safety Guide

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Dogs love bacon in all its forms. Many are so drawn to it that they will steal some off the kitchen counter or sneak it right off their owner’s plate! We all know that pork bacon is not great for our dog’s health due to all the fat and sodium that it has. Pork bacon is also typically filled with additives that are not the best. So, you probably try to avoid giving pork bacon to your dog.

Turkey bacon is a healthier option because it has a lower fat and sodium content, so it can be enjoyed more freely than pork bacon. But is turkey bacon okay for dogs to eat, thanks to its healthier composition, or should it be avoided just like pork bacon? The truth is that turkey bacon is not a healthy food for dogs even though it is high in protein.Divider 1

Is Turkey Bacon Healthy for Dogs?

While turkey bacon is less salty and fatty than turkey bacon, there is not a huge nutritional difference between the two. For this reason, turkey bacon is still too sodium and fat-filled to be a healthy part of your pooch’s regular diet. However, this is not to say that your dog cannot enjoy a bite or two (or three!) of turkey bacon occasionally. Just make sure that you are following the 10% rule when offering your dog a treat like turkey bacon, or any kind of treat, for that matter.

If you regularly feed your dog turkey bacon, health problems could arise that negatively affect their overall quality of life. For example, too much fat in the diet by way of regular turkey bacon treats or anything else can result in the development of issues such as pancreatitis. Also, eating too much turkey bacon can lead to obesity and affiliated health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

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Turkey Bacon Serving Suggestions

If you do decide to feed turkey bacon to your pooch from time to time, there are several ways that you can do it to ensure that they do not suck the whole thing down in a split second. If they eat an entire piece of turkey bacon in one gulp, it could give them digestive discomfort. Try the following serving options to find out which your pooch likes best.

  • Top Their Food at Mealtime: Crumble a piece of crisp turkey bacon up, and then sprinkle it on top of your pooch’s food at dinner time to give them a protein boost and to keep them satiated until their next mealtime.
  • Pack a Toy: Bacon is the perfect stuffing for toys like Kongs. A piece can be rolled up and put inside the toy whole for a serious challenge or broken into pieces so it is easier to get out.
  • Make a Lettuce Wrap: Wrap a couple of bites of turkey bacon in a piece of lettuce, and roll the lettuce up to create an enticing snack. The lettuce contains beneficial vitamins that your dog needs and its high-water content will help out mellow the fat and sodium.
  • Blend It Up: If your dog is feeling ill or has a toothache, you can blend a piece of bacon up with a carrot, a little dog food, and some water to create a nutritious meal that any dog will find hard to turn down.

Always make sure that any turkey bacon that you serve your dog is fully cooked and cooled beforehand to avoid the chance of them getting ill from bacteria such as salmonella. Your dog should never eat bacon grease, so drain the bacon before serving and never pour leftover grease on their food.

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In Conclusion

There are many human foods out there that dogs can enjoy as an occasional snack without succumbing to any health problems, including turkey bacon. However, if your pooch is already struggling with health problems, you should consult with your veterinarian before giving them even a bite. Offering turkey bacon as a treat should not be a daily occurrence but can be done on special occasions.

If you are worried about feeding your dog turkey bacon, consider buying them bacon-flavored treats instead. Are you planning to treat your dog to turkey bacon, or will you stick with commercial treats made just for dogs? Do you have any serving suggestions to share? We want to know what you think! Feel free to leave us a message in the comments section below.

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Nicole is a lover of animals of all sizes but is especially fascinated with the feline variety. She’s the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese, and works every day so he can relax in the sunshine or by the fire. She’s always had a cat in her home and has spent countless days with others, observing behaviors and softening up even the grouchiest of the lot. Nicole wants to share her kitty expertise with you so you and your cat ...Read more

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