Can My Puppy Eat Sausage?

Feeding your new puppy can sometimes be challenging, mostly because there are so many options on pet store shelves. Not only that, but these days, many pet parents are choosing to feed their pups and dogs homemade food. If that’s you, you have even more choices and decisions.

Speaking of decisions, one is what type of meat to feed your pup, whether you give them store-bought products or cook them yourself. Puppies, like adult dogs, love meat and will gladly eat any meat you give them, in practically any form.

That’s both good and bad since some meats aren’t exactly healthy for a growing puppy. Many have too much fat, for example. Then there are processed meats, typically loaded with preservatives, salt, and other nasty stuff that can be problematic for a puppy’s digestive system. 

I was thinking about what meats are best for a puppy the other day as I made a week’s worth of food for my dogs. I mostly use lean beef, chicken, turkey, and certain types of fish, as they’re the most nutritious and easily digestible.

As I sat there cooking up a storm, I was reminded of a question I frequently see concerning what meats are good for puppies: can my puppy eat sausage?

The answer is that a puppy can eat sausage, but always in great moderation. Puppies love sausage and will eagerly and greedily eat any you give them. However, the average sausage comes with several health risks for puppies.

Those risks include a huge amount of fat, including saturated fat, loads of salt, and preservatives like sodium nitrite and potassium nitrite. The most commonly used preservative in fresh sausages is sulfur dioxide, usually added as sodium metabisulphite, which isn’t healthy for any living creature, let alone a growing pup.

So, while your puppy can eat a small amount of sausage, you should only give it to them on sporadic occasions and not use sausage as their primary food source. (Not even close.)

Now that you know more about feeding sausage to your pup, I’m sure you have other questions about this popular meat product. Are cooked sausages ok for dogs, for example, and can a puppy eat raw sausage? 

For answers to these questions and several more, read on. I’ve got them for you below, helpful information that will empower you to be the best pet parent you can be and raise a healthy, happy dog.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Sausages?

There are many raw types of meat that are just fine to feed a dog or puppy and will not cause them any problems. The fact is, a dog’s digestive system is made to handle and digest meat quite easily. Wild dogs eat and digest raw meat every day and do just fine.

Raw sausage, especially made with pork, is another story, however. One of the major risks of eating raw sausage is trichinosis, a nasty parasite infection. Also, just like cooked sausage, raw sausage has nitrates, nitrites, high amounts of salt, and fat. For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you never give your dog or puppy raw sausage.

Are Cooked Sausages OK for Dogs and Puppies?

While you don’t want to feed them a lot of cooked sausage, it’s the best way to give your puppy or dog this type of meat. Cooking it will greatly reduce the risk of trichinosis, but as for nitrites and nitrates, they will still be there. 

So will the high amounts of salt and fat, both of which are unhealthy in high amounts for any puppy or dog. As I mentioned earlier if you want to give your dog some sausage, do it in very small amounts and then only occasionally.

Can 10-week Old Puppies Eat Sausage?

Most 10-week-old puppies could easily handle a small chunk of cooked sausage with minimal problems. That being said, it’s not exactly a healthy choice. 

The thing is, a 10-week-old puppy’s digestive system and other organs are still developing and won’t readily be able to handle the high amounts of fat and salt found in most sausage products. 

Also, many sausage products have onion, garlic, and other types of allium vegetables that are potentially harmful and even fatal for a puppy. For those reasons, it’s best you don’t give your 10-week-old puppy sausage.

What Happens if my Dog or Puppy Ate Sausage?

The answer to this question depends on how much sausage your puppy or dog eats. As I’ve mentioned a few times, a tiny amount of sausage usually won’t give a puppy or a dog any problems. 

However, if your puppy were to eat a substantial amount of sausage, it could cause several problems, including diarrhea, vomiting, and an upset stomach.

In only the rarest of cases would your puppy’s life be in danger from eating too much sausage, but they won’t be very happy about it for a few hours or even a few days. 

During that time, you should give them lots of water and bland food so their digestive system can recover completely. Also, stock up on cleaning products because it’s likely they will be leaving spots of diarrhea here and there around the house.

Can Dogs and Puppies Eat Beef Sausages?

Sausages are made from several different kinds of meat, including beef, pork, chicken, and even turkey. None of them is much better or worse than the other. 

Some sausage brands are supposedly “organic,” but frankly, I don’t put a lot of trust in product labeling these days.

You can give all of these types of sausages to your puppies and dogs in tiny amounts, as long as they’re cooked. However, giving even cooked sausage to a younger puppy is probably not a good idea as their body is still maturing and developing.

At What Age Can Puppies Eat Sausage?

There isn’t any time frame for when a puppy can start eating sausage as it’s not a natural food they would encounter in the wild. For that reason, it’s difficult to say what age is a good age for puppies to start eating sausage, if at all.

Experts and veterinarians recommend waiting until your puppy is at least six to eight months of age before feeding them any processed meat foods.  I concur with that and recommend waiting even longer just to be safe.

Frankly, while the risk of death from eating sausage is incredibly small, the risk of your puppy getting a tummy ache, throwing up, or having diarrhea is relatively high if they eat sausage, even if cooked. 

Final Thoughts

Many readers have asked me, “can my puppy eat sausage?” over the years. Technically, the answer is that, yes, most puppies can handle a tiny bit of fully cooked sausage without any problem.

However, I would recommend against giving puppies sausage and any other type of processed meat. They are simply too high in nasty stuff like salt, fat, nitrites, nitrates, and other chemicals.

If you want to feed your puppy some meat, give them plain, lean, cooked chicken, beef, or turkey. Pork is okay, also, as long as you cook it thoroughly.

I hope today’s blog answered your questions about whether your puppy can eat sausage or not. If you have more or want to learn more about taking care of your new pup, my other blogs are loaded with excellent, useful information. Until next time, enjoy these fleeting moments with your precious puppy because they won’t last forever.