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Can dogs eat pork?

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Pork is safe for dogs to eat as long as it is cooked. Eating undercooked pork can lead to trichinellosis, a serious parasitic condition caused by eating trichinella muscle larvae, which are prevalent in pork. Many commercial dog foods use pork as the main ingredient.

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The amount of pork that is safe for dogs to eat is dependent on the dog's digestive function. Removing the outer layer of pork is suggested before feeding a dog, as it contains dressings a dog cannot eat. Pork bones are not recommended for dogs, as they may splinter and cause serious health risks. Certain dogs may also be allergic to pork.

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