Can Dogs Eat Ham?

Ham is a popular dish. It’s almost a must on a Christmas table, but it’s very popular around Thanksgiving as well. The question is, though, is it okay to share ham with our canine friends? Can dogs eat ham? The short answer would be that it’s not recommended to give ham to a dog, but a dog could eat a few slices of unseasoned ham without any ill effects.

It’s Not Good for Dogs to Eat Ham

The problem with ham is that it usually contains a lot of salt, and it’s far from healthy for dogs to eat salt rich food.

In fact, according to The Pet Poison Helpline, salt is moderately to severely toxic to dogs, and it can be life-threateningly dangerous for dogs.

While dogs can eat ham in very small amounts, it's best to avoid giving ham to dogs because of the excess salt and fat.

While dogs can eat ham in very small amounts, it’s best to avoid giving ham to dogs because of the excess salt and fat content.

If a dog would eat a good amount of ham or something else that contains a lot of salt, it can result in vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive thirst or urination, and more serious conditions like kidney damage, tremors, seizures, coma and even death.

Also, even if the ham is not made with a lot of salt, it still contains a lot of fat, and fat-rich foods aren’t good for dogs either. A regular diet of fat-rich foods can lead to obesity and heart problems in dogs.

So, I would like to conclude this article by saying that while dogs can eat ham in extreme moderation (no more than a few slices), it’s definitely best to avoid giving your dog ham.

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