It’s officially, I would say at least, the home stretch to the Christmas holiday. Menus are being planned, food is being bought and ordered, prepared, and certainly thought of a ton. One thing that a lot of people tend to wonder is what they can give their dogs. Of course, some serious pet owners want their dogs to get to enjoy in the holiday food festivities too!
First up, can dogs have ham?
Let’s read more about if dogs can eat some ham with ya on Christmas this year!
There are so many sources that say both sides of the question.
As we all know, ham is probably one of the saltiest meats out there. The preservatives in which ham is set in are chock full of different nitrates and nitrites that just so happen to be extremely sodium-based. According to the AKC, salt can actually be toxic to dogs.
Here’s what could happen or certain symptoms to expect in your dogs:
- Excessive thirst and urination
- Abnormal fluid accumulation
The American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t recommend feeding this particular meat to your dogs in large quantities. While there are tons of warnings out there and tons of different symptoms to watch out for, the AKC themselves stated that it’s okay to give your dog a tiny slice every once in a while.
To answer this question, no our pups really can’t have a ton of ham, but if you must, maybe try something that’s labeled as being lower sodium; flavor’s still there and they will still love it!
Instead of ham, try out these meaty alternatives instead:
- Pork (certain cuts are good for weight gain diets)
- Chicken (nutritious, affordable, one of the most popular among canines)
- Beef (good roasted flavor, super nutritious, dogs seem to love it)
What is your favorite canine-friendly Christmas-themed food(s) to give to your furry friends? Let’s talk about all of that and so much more down in the comments below and as always Woof, Woof!