Dogs should not eat raw bacon because of the possibility of harmful organisms.
Usually taken from a pig’s stomach or back, bacon is cured animal meat that is known for being high in sodium and fat. Cooked bacon is not recommended for dogs to eat because of its nutritional profile. In the same way, raw bacon is not recommended for dogs. On top of having too much salt and fat, uncooked bacon may have dangerous parasites and bacteria lurking in it. Examples include salmonella, staphylococcus, and E. coli.
When consumed, infected raw bacon can cause any of the following symptoms based on the bacteria or parasite present: vomiting, diarrhea, panting, salivation, severe thirst, uncontrolled peeing, hyperactivity, nausea, dizziness, and cramping. Severe poisoning can even cause heart palpitations, tremors, seizures, and even death.
What to do if your dog accidentally eats raw bacon: Contact your veterinarian immediately and inform him how much raw bacon your dog consumed. Also let him know if there are toxic ingredients used to flavour the meat. Harmful seasonings include salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, coffee, and chili, which can lead to varying health issues.
In summary: Though animal-derived protein is needed by dogs to thrive, raw bacon should be avoided because of the risks involved in eating it. If you are determined to give your dog raw bacon (or raw meat in general), speak with your veterinarian first so you can make an informed decision.
Instead of uncooked bacon, it may be better to give your dog lean cuts of plainly cooked chicken or turkey. Browse through our “can dogs eat” category to find out which other human foods you can safely give your canine pet.