Can My Dog Eat Spam?

Spam is considered processed meat. According to many leading dog experts, feeding spam to your dog, as part of their routine diet or a special treat, is frowned upon. Yes, the two main ingredients are pork and ham, but spam is loaded with saturated fats and salts.

That can cause your dog to have some major health issues both sooner and later.

Dissecting spam as it pertains to dogs

Spam has a lot of additives, including Nitrates and other preservatives. It also has garlic, which is not necessarily good for dogs. Your dog could wind up having stomach issues including diarrhea and vomiting.

Spam can also weaken your dog’s immune system. It is also especially bad if you feed it to a puppy. They might love it, but their system will not. You might have to take them to the emergency room.

The nutritional value in spam

To get a better understanding as to why feeding spa, to your dog is bad, we must look at the nutritional content.

Spam is nothing more than cooked meat that is made from processed pork and/or ham. It is then filled with preservatives and additive and vacuum sealed. It might have a long shelflife, but it is not made with natural ingredients.

There is less than 10% when it comes to things like zinc, copper, and iron. Those alone are good ingredients. What makes the spam bad for puppies and full-grown dogs is the nitrates and salt levels. The other dangerous element is processed meat. Meat is not bad for you, but processed meat is.

Dogs weighing at least 30 pounds or more should ingest less than 100 mg of salt a day. Did you know that one serving of spam has more than 2200 mg of salt? Think about this, your dog could polish off one can without thinking twice. That alone makes it bad.

Your dog is not thinking about how healthy and nutritious the food is. Your dog is thinking about how good it tastes. That is why your dog relies on you to feed them the right food.

One effect of feeding spam to your dog

Let’s look at the health effect of feeding spam to your dog more in-depth. We know that spam is high in salt and fat, not to mention other ingredients. Did you know high-fatty foods are going to increase the chances of your dog getting pancreatitis?

Studies show that the danger levels depends on a few factors, including the size of the dog, the breed, and the age.

You could also be poisoning your dog without knowing it. Dogs and puppies who are allergic to spicy foods or cannot handle salt or spices in human foods often time are poisoned over a shorter time.

This is why it is important you know your dog’s allergies and what their systems can and cannot handle. Knowing this will help you to avoid certain foods and ingredients in the future.

The effects of being predisposed to pancreatitis

Some pet owners want to know if their dog is predisposed to getting pancreatitis due to the information available. On the one hand, feeding your dog spam can have life-threatening situations happen to them.

On the other hand, this does not mean your dog is predisposed to getting pancreatitis. It depends on the breed of the dog, as well as other factors. What to watch for is your dog’s stomach starting to swell.

Swelling happens when your dog ingests a lot of fat and carbs. Spam is also guilty of having high carb levels. This is why you need to pay attention to what happens if your dog is accidentally fed spam.

The different types of pancreatitis

It is important to know the different types so you can determine what is happening to your dog. Pancreatitis is nothing more than an inflammation of the pancreas. Enzymes are released near the area. The enzymes are what causes the area to become inflamed.

  • Acute: This is when your dog is immediately impacted after they eat something like spam, pork, or other human junk and processed food. Does your dog like to dig in the trash for food? You might want to stop this from happening. This is another situation that causes pancreatitis to happen.
  • Chronic: This is what happens after your dog has had repeat incidents of acute pancreatitis. To this day, most animal doctors do not know what causes it.

How do I know if my dog has it?

This is a common question. We will try to answer it as simply as we can. Sometimes the signs and symptoms show up early and are seen as something else. We call this a misdiagnosis. This is why pet owners need to be aware of the signs even if they relate to something different.

Your dog might have one or all of the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Throwing up a lot.
  • There will be a loss of appetite, more so than usual.
  • Feeling depressed is a big one. Your dog is also going to feel lazy and tired(we call the lethargy).
  • Your dog is going to have a fever. How high depends on the dog.
  • Your dog is also going to be very dehydrated. No matter how much water you give your dog, he or she will continue to be dehydrated and maybe even throw it back up.

What about obesity?

Fats and oils are necessary for your dog’s health. They provide moisture and a healthy coat and body. They also give your dog energy. An adult dog is only supposed to have 3.3g/MJ a day.

Any more will cause your dog to start gaining weight(no matter how they burn it off).

You should speak to your vet if any one of the above has happened.

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