There was a time when pork for dogs was considered an absolutely no no for man’s best friend. But with proper preparation – it must be thoroughly cooked – pork is a perfectly good choice of occasional protein for your dog.
As with any protein source for your dog, the most important consideration is the quality of the meat. ‘Pork meal’, which is comprised of the leftovers of pork production, is likely to contain bone. Pork bone is high in purines. This makes it problematical for dogs suffering from urinary problems.
But pork mince is available year-round in supermarkets today. Pork mince is ideal for your dog’s homemade food. Especially low-fat pork mince.
Pork as a novel protein
Pork has another advantage when it comes to your constant canine companion. It’s a relative rarity in commercial dog food. So few dogs will ever have tried pork. That means that if your dog does happen to develop a protein intolerance, pork would make an ideal ‘novel protein’ source.
An intolerance develops over time. So if a dog exposed to, say, poor quality chicken or beef in commercial dog food develops an intolerance, it is recommend that for a time, the dogs eats what to it is a novel protein. A protein it hasn’t eaten before. Since few dogs ever eat pork, this makes pork the ideal choice for an elimination diet. A diet designed to eliminate the source of an intolerance.
Liver is one of the most concentrated sources of natural vitamin A of any food. It’s also a great source of choline, copper, folic acid, iron, zinc and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 helps with fatigue, mental ability and nerve health, as well as preventing anaemia.
Liver is as highly nutritious for dogs as it is for humans. Importantly though, liver should be fed to dogs in moderation because as beneficial as vitamin A is, it really is possible to have too much of a good thing. Liver should comprise no more than 5% of a dog’s total daily food intake.
Pork is a perfectly good protein source in homemade dog food. Importantly though, always make sure your dog’s pork is well cooked to make sure it’s parasite free.
Pork is highly nutritious. As a canine nutritionist, I highly recommend you add pork for dogs to your best friend’s diet. And if you really want to improve its health, tell me about your dog. I’ll work out how much homemade food he or she needs each day and send you a free dog food recipe to get you started.