Can dogs eat Pork trotters?

can dogs eat pork trottersYes

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Pork trotters or pig trotters are composed of bones, marrows, tendons, skins, and meats. All these contain different valuable nutrients such as iron, zinc, and Vitamin B12 for your dog.
  • Pork trotters are high in protein that helps support muscle health. They are also rich in calcium, which promotes bone health.
  • Chewing on pig trotters helps dogs clean their teeth and gums. The trotters are hard and dense, making them great engaging chews.

Risks

health-risks
  • Pork trotters are high in fat and may not be appropriate for dogs with certain health issues such as pancreatitis and obesity.
  • Cooked bones are brittle and splinter that could potentially cause intestinal damage.
  • Pig trotters might cause digestive issues to some dogs, especially young pups and older dogs.
  • There is a risk of Aujeszky's disease in pork that could be fatal to dogs.
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Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Source pig trotters locally, from reliable sources only.
  • Give pork trotters to your dog as an occasional treat, especially if your dog is on a complete diet.
  • Dogs that need to lose weight or have issues with fatty food should avoid pig trotters.
  • Avoid giving cooked pig trotters to your dog; raw or air-dried pig trotters treats are safer options.
  • For raw feed, to eliminate and prevent parasites, freeze the meat for 3 weeks before feeding.
  • Always supervise your dog when giving bone treats.

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