We feed on various foodstuffs while our lovely pets watch, drooling with desire.
As such, it is common to find people sharing what they eat with these pets.
Dogs being omnivores and with great appetites, will eat whichever protein food, including those with added additives.
Honey hams contain a number of sweet additives, so is it in order to share some with our dogs?
Can dogs eat honey ham?
Yes, they can but only in moderation.
Based on its nature: high fat, salts, and the preservatives and sugary honey added, it is best not to give dogs this food in large amounts.
It can cause stomach/metabolic upsets and severe health problems.
Before feeding the dog, be cautious.
Dogs eat meat, but the whole processing aspect brings in significant concerns.
This article discusses how to provide your dog honey ham, the procedures, its significance, and what to watch out for.
Is Honey Ham Necessary For Your Dog?
No, your dog should eat more unprocessed meat.
Based on its contents, it’s okay if the honey ham is given only in small quantities.
Doing this will not offer many significant health benefits anyway.
Its meaty protein content is OK, and any dog will be glad.
Honey in the ham is a good source of sugar which is metabolically converted into energy for the dog’s use.
Hams generally aren’t a good choice for your pet’s meal.
They contain high amounts of fats and salts, especially sodium, which can be detrimental to your dog’s health.
Topping it up with honey makes the situation more complicated, i.e., in its preservation and preservatives, a mixture with honey may easily lead to food-borne botulism, a fatal health condition.
How to Feed Your Dog “a Little” Honey Ham
Dogs have a stable digestive system and will comfortably metabolize only small amounts of honey ham.
Be happy to throw your pet a slice or two of the honey ham, and enjoy watching it gobble it.
Do this casually as a “snack” for your dog but never as its main meal!
Feed the dog better alternatives during meals and stick to more natural, unprocessed foods with fewer unsafe compounds.
Lean beef, poultry, and eggs are some great protein sources.
While given in moderation, honey in the ham will provide significant nutritional value.
It offers a great energy source for the dog, has essential minerals and vitamins, has antioxidant properties, and gives some medicinal benefits, e.g., for skin problems and allergies.
Honey also offers antibacterial properties.
Risks of Honey ham To Your Dog
If your dog consumes enormous amounts, the high-fat content in the ham can cause stomach upsets, metabolic complications, and obesity.
These could lead to an eventual potential untimely death.
So sad, isn’t it?
The high sodium content will cause a strain on your dog’s pancreas leading to pancreatitis.
When your dog consumes high amounts of honey, their blood sugar levels could rise.
This rise would lead to symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, decreased aggression, and loss of appetite.
If you notice your dog showing any signs, immediately consult your vet.
Dogs may not metabolize honey effectively as humans do due to the differences in existing complex digestion systems.
Just give the dog what it will be able to handle (a small amount).
What To Do If Your Dog Takes Honey Ham
If your dog takes a large quantity of honey ham, symptoms may not appear immediately.
Its system will try to digest and “take care” of what it can.
However, the dog will eventually “run out” of its natural ability to care for the accumulated consumed ham.
Then it will start showing signs of sickness.
Various symptoms mentioned may also be accompanied.
Taking your dog to a vet doctor is the necessary immediate action.
Your vet will ask you several questions regarding your dog, its history, and its feeding program.
After that, he will put the dog on medication.
It’s a risk to be unaware or to simply ignore measures of how to keep our pets safe at home.
The poor animal can die in your attempts to take “good care” of it.
Some Important Points To Note
Some dogs are at a greater health risk than others when they consume honey ham.
These include dogs with suppressed immunity, particular medical conditions, and those exhibiting metabolic difficulties.
Puppies should be given much less food based on their age and weight.
Because their immune system is still developing, honey may cause botulism.
Consider avoiding honey ham altogether.
Diabetic dogs should not be given honey ham due to the large amounts of sugar present in the honey.
This sugar will further raise their blood sugar levels.
Processed and containing many salts, the honey ham may force your pet to drink more water.
This can easily cause bloating, a fatal condition.
Check the labels of these honey hams.
Go for those with low amounts of fats and sodium.
These are the best if you must give your pet some.
Now that you must consider giving in moderation, provide huge accompaniments.
Consider safe and nutritionally rich ones.
Examples of great accompaniments are well-cooked cereals, oats, vegetables, fruits like carrots, etc.
If you consider feeding your pet with food varieties, it’s better to prepare whole foods separately.
This minimizes preservatives and unnecessary compounds.
Bony-hams add more problems to our furry friends.
They present an additional risk of bone splinting and bruising the dog’s internal linings.
Showing our pets care through treats can sometimes cost us a great deal.
Don’t necessarily feed your dog what you are eating, except if it’s just in moderation and the dog can handle it.
Honey ham is okay but only in minimal amounts.
Give the dog other alternatives for its main meal.
Your vet comes in handy if you consider diversifying your dog’s feeding program, especially if you want to add the easy-to-prepare processed foods.
Otherwise, always go for unprocessed foods, prepare them well and feed your dog while enhancing its health and safety.