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Is raw bacon bad for dogs?
My dad bought an eight-pound bag of raw bacon. Since I usually feed my dogs dry food, I just cut the bacon into strips, wrapped it in aluminum foil, and brought it with me. After the dogs ate it all, I noticed they were having a hard time going to the bathroom. Their bellies weren’t distended, but they seemed less energetic. They couldn’t seem to go to the bathroom or go up and down the strs as easily as usual. I thought they were still gning weight, but then I realized something was wrong. They weren’t eating, and they weren’t eating. Not even a little bit. I noticed their eyes looked like they were bulging out of their heads, and their tongues were big and thick, which seemed strange. I tried to coax them into eating, but they wouldn’t eat. Finally, I called the vet and asked if they were sick, if I should see a vet. They sd no, they’re just having a digestive issue. The vet sd it happens sometimes. I’m not really sure what to do.
I’m not sure what you mean by “going to the bathroom.” If you mean the dog is urinating frequently, you should be taking that as a sign that it is time to call your vet. Urination should normally occur every 2-3 hours, so it’s important to take note of that. If, however, you mean that the dog is going to the bathroom for a longer period of time (3-4 hours) than normal, that’s something you can deal with at home. Simply try holding a towel or pillow on your lap for longer than normal. If that helps the issue, you’re all set.
Since the problem is with the digestion, I would start by offering raw or homemade bone broth as your dogs’ diet. I would not offer their food high in fat or carbohydrates. The fat can lead to an accumulation of intestinal gas, which will make their digestion much worse. A high-carb diet will lead to a buildup of sugar in the blood, which will cause an insulin response, leading to fat accumulation. I’ve had to recommend this before for a dog who had eaten a lot of bread.
Once you’ve seen some improvement in the issue with the dog’s digestion, you can move on to other diet options. Some dogs are just “low-fat” dogs and are fine with a high-fat diet. Some dogs like chicken-based foods. I know that several of my friends have had excellent luck with lamb-based meals. You can also feed your dogs a mixture of commercial dog food and food you make yourself.
You’ll notice that I’ve recommended to offer a raw or home-cooked diet to your dogs. The first reason is that this diet is rich in bacteria that the dog needs to digest food. Without the right bacteria in your dogs’ guts, there is a great chance that they will experience constipation. The second reason is that these diets are much higher in protein than commercial dog food. You may be able to find some commercially produced diets that are high in protein, but most of them are relatively low in other nutrients that dogs need. I’ve had success with home-made diets like the following:
2 to 3 cups of high-quality meat (you can mix up your meat to create a variety of different flavors).
1/2 to 1 cup of vegetables
1/2 to 1 cup of fruits.
This is all divided into two to three small meals. I like to make larger batches so that I can refrigerate the remnder for multiple days. You can also make this on a weekly basis. If you’re feeding dogs a lot of commercial food, I recommend not adding meat to their food. Commercial dog food already includes meat in its form. A rule of thumb is that you can substitute 20% of your commercial food for your home-made food. When substituting your home-made food, you can use less, since it’s not the same as the quality you are getting with your commercial dog food.
If your dog does have an issue with digesting a raw diet, you can still feed it but should give your dog plenty of attention and exercise and limit the amount of food given to them. Your dog’s digestion should get better over time as it gets used to this diet.
Some vets will recommend feeding a protein/glucose supplement to supplement your dog’s food. I don’t recommend this since it only offers additional calories. For dogs that do need extra calories, the best dietary choices I know of are home-made diets and frozen treats (they can be found at your local pet store). There are also several products on the market that do contn added calories like dog biscuits, but I’ve not seen any studies that state that these products are better than home-made or frozen treats.
To find out more about the benefits of a raw dog diet for your dog, I recommend checking out the books “The Diet Cure for Your Dog” by Dr. Christopher, “Life’s Abundance for Dogs” by Dr. Jan Goyens, and the many other books from Dr. Christopher’s Center For Wellness.
About the author
Dr. Christopher is an author, dog expert, and dog owner. Dr. Christopher has two labs herself that inspire her knowledge of how dogs are. She is also currently a Veterinarian specializing in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at a veterinary practice that emphasizes a holistic and holistic approach to veterinary care. Visit the Center For Wellness online at www.drchristopher.com for information on pet health and for answers to your pet health questions.