In today’s article, we will be talking about an all-time favorite — luncheon meat.
You can eat it for breakfast, you can put it in sandwiches, and you can even eat it as is! Luncheon meat has been our go-to food, especially when we are in a hurry.
All we must do is open a can, fry it for 5 minutes or so, and voila – you have yourself an all-around food.
But, as much as we all love and enjoy eating it, can dogs eat luncheon meat?
The short answer to this question is no, dogs cannot eat luncheon meat.
Read on and find out why!
Why Dogs Should Not Eat Luncheon Meat?
Since luncheon meat is canned food, it is full of preservatives, fillers, additives, spices like black pepper, nitrates, and lots of sodium that are very harmful to dogs.
Preservatives are detrimental to you — Some of these additives are “carcinogens,” or those that can cause cancer when consumed in large amounts.
These canned foods can also cause heart disease and diabetes, even to dogs!
These luncheon meats or any canned foods, in general, contain too much nitrate and salt, and even though you might not taste its “saltiness,” it can lead to possible digestive and problems in your dog’s kidney.
What If Your Dog Accidentally Ingests Luncheon Meat?
The first thing you should do is check how much luncheon meat your dog was able to consume.
If your dog ate almost the whole can, it is better to take it to the Vet and have them checked more often to see if they have developed any problems in their digestive tract or in their kidney due to no small amount of salt, additives, and preservatives present in the luncheon meat.
If you want to reward your dog for learning a new trick or if you simply want to give them some treats for being a good boy or a good girl, then opt to use healthy treats that are safe for dogs instead.
Use some chicken pieces (no bones as ingesting bones are dangerous for your dogs) as a treat instead of giving them a slice of luncheon meat.
On a final note, to answer the question “can dogs eat luncheon meat?” no, they cannot.
It is not safe for them, and it can lead to serious health problems in the future.
Remember to check the ingredients of the food you are going to feed your pets to ensure that it does not contain anything that can be harmful to their health and well-being.
Be a responsible pet owner and take the initiative to research or ask your Vet what food is safe for your dog and what is not.
Remember that once you give your dog something, they should not even be eating.
The effects can be irreversible, so this is something that should not merely be taken lightly.
Watch your dog’s diet, and do not forget that just because humans can eat something does not mean that it is also safe for your pets.