Can Dogs Have Pork Tenderloin?

Dogs love meat and can feel an aroma miles away.

Surprisingly, not all meaty treats and snacks are beneficial for dogs; some are highly harmful.

As a dog owner, don’t just assume; know the healthiest options for your furry friend to avoid frequent vet visits.

So, when having that delicious dinner, avoid the temptation of sharing a slice of pork tenderloin from your plate with your furry companion unless you are sure it’s ok. 

So, can dogs have pork tenderloin?

Yes, pork tenderloin is not toxic to dogs.

It’s a rich source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial to your dog’s body.

Avoid raw, undercooked, or seasoned pork tenderloin.

Feed pork tenderloin in moderation to avoid health complications caused by their high fat content.

Otherwise, consult your vet before adding pork loins to your dog’s diet.

This article will focus on pork and paws: The nutritional benefits, how to safely feed them, and the associated risks.

Nutritional benefits of pork to dogs

Rich in proteins

Pork tenderloins are a lean cut with high-quality protein that supplies the required amino acids for cell growth and development.

Proteins help maintain healthy muscles.

Vitamins rich

Pork has concentrated amounts of vitamin B6 and B12 essential for brain functioning, energy-boosting, cell growth, and development.

Thiamine is higher in pork than in other red meats, necessary for various body functions.

Source of minerals

Pork tenderloins contain minerals like phosphorus, selenium, and zinc for proper thyroid functioning, strong bone muscles, and immunity-boosting.

The tenderloin cut is rich in iron which aids in cell development.

Why you shouldn’t feed your dog pork

Obesity: High-fat content

Some pork cuts like loin and shoulders have a high fat that is difficult for some dogs to digest appropriately.

If your dog consumes large amounts regularly, they risk weight gain, pancreatitis, and other fat-related chronic diseases.

Overly processed pork tenderloin is highly fatty; avoid it at all costs.

Processed pork: Sodium poisoning

Processed pork tenderloin has increased salt levels than fresh meat.

This increases the chances of your canine friend developing diabetes and metabolic disorders if consumed regularly.

High salt levels dehydrate your dog leading to digestive issues like bloating leading to sodium poisoning.

Symptoms of sodium poisoning in dogs are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Kidney damage
  • Seizures

Seasoned pork: Additives harm

Plain pork is safe for dogs, but any seasonings or spices are extremely toxic.

Common kitchen spices like nutmeg, onions, and garlic are dangerous to canines, even in small amounts.

Raw pork: Bacteria risk

Raw or undercooked pork contains trichinella, a roundworm parasite known for causing trichinosis.

The signs of trichinosis are lethargy, inflammation, high fever, muscle pain, and stiffness.

Always feed your dog thoroughly cooked pork tenderloins.

How do I feed pork tenderloin to my dog?

Cooked pork

Dogs should only eat thoroughly cooked pork tenderloins.

Otherwise, raw or undercooked pork can cause a bacterial infection which could be fatal.

If your dog is on a raw diet, get pork treated for this type of consumption.

Raw pork bones are also not recommended as they pose infection risks.

Correspondingly, cooked pork bones risk choking due to their brittle nature.

Moderation is vital

Pork is fatty meat and should be fed to dogs sparingly.

Otherwise, high fat and salt levels increase the chances of weight gain, pancreatitis, and other lifestyle conditions.

Plain pork tenderloin

Only feed your dog plain pork, no seasonings or spices.

Any additives result in metabolic disorders, which are better avoided.

Processed pork meat is a danger to dogs due to the increased sodium levels.

Can dogs eat pork bones safely?

Bones are an excellent treat as dogs love to chew on them.

So, while having that delicious dinner, you may be tempted to throw a piece of pork bone at your canine pal, but is it safe?

Cooked pork bones are highly brittle since they can splinter and get stuck in your dog’s throat, thus not the best as a treat.

Raw pork bones are less fragile.

Although they have a low risk of splintering, there have increased chances of trichinosis infection, thus not recommended.

Alternative safe options include dental chews and Kong stuffed with peanuts.

How much pork tenderloin can a dog eat?

Introduce pork tenderloin in small amounts for your dogs and monitor the reactions.

Canines, just like humans, react differently to various meat types, with pork, lamb, and rabbit meats, causing high allergic reactions.

Pork has a high-fat content that makes it difficult for dogs to digest in huge amounts leading to indigestions and pancreas inflammation.

Check with your vet on the exact portions depending on your dog’s size, age, and pre-existing medical condition.

What should I do if my dog overeats pork tenderloins?

First, find out whether it was raw, undercooked, or cooked pork.

If they ingested a small amount of cooked pork, there’s no need to panic.

Cooked pork in a considerable quantity may cause sodium poisoning due to the high salt levels.

Monitor them closely for symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy.

If your dog overeats raw pork tenderloins, it might develop a fatal bacterial infection.

Observe these signs; increased body temperatures, muscle pain, and lethargy.

These signs may develop from mild to chronic within a short period and require immediate vet attention.

Can dogs eat processed pork tenderloins?

Yes, but sparingly and with no additives.

Cured pork like ham or bacon contains high fat and salt content dangerous for your canine friend
in large amounts.

Besides digestive problems like an upset stomach, your dog risks chronic conditions like
pancreatitis and diabetes.

So, if you want to feed processed pork to your canine friend, do it moderately and avoid brands with too much salt and fats.

Let’s wrap it up

While small amounts of pork tenderloins are not bad for dogs, there are important considerations before throwing them a slice.

Your canine friend will enjoy its meaty treat while gaining benefits like muscle strength, supported brain function, and boosted immunity.

However, too much sodium and fat content are fatal to your dog.

Consult your vet for any concerns.

But if your furry friend is in good health, treat them occasionally with yummy pork tenderloin.

Megan Turner
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