Can My Puppy Eat Steak?

When you adopt a new puppy, one of the first things you do is go out and purchase all your puppy supplies, especially puppy food or what’s generally referred to in the dog community as kibble. The right kibble is essential, of course, to ensure your dog grows up to become a healthy, happy adult.

Of course, we humans eat all sorts of things that dogs love to eat also. Sometimes, that can be problematic, especially when you’ve got a curious puppy around with a nose so powerful it can smell a dog treat from a mile away. 

One of the foods puppies and, for that matter, all dogs like best is red meat, especially steak, hamburger, meatloaf, and all the other iterations of beef. Just because a puppy likes something, though, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to let them eat it. (Chocolate, anyone?) The question thus becomes; can my puppy eat steak?

As you might have already guessed, the answer is that yes, puppies can eat steak, at least occasionally and in moderate proportions. The steak can be raw or cooked (although you’ll hear small arguments for both). Either way, steak provides excellent nutritional value. 

As with many other types of food, you should give your puppy steak in moderation. Also, it’s best if you mince (finely chop) the steak before your pup eats it. That will make it easier for them to chew and digest, which is crucial for your pup’s health. (You can cut it into bigger pieces as they get older.)

So, yes, puppies can eat steak, at least occasionally. Knowing they can, you might have more questions about feeding your puppy steak, like can they eat steak fat and steak bones.  If yes, you’re in luck! I’ve got the answers to those questions and more below for your puppy-pleasing perusal!

Can My Puppy Eat Steak Fat?

Although a small amount of steak fat typically won’t cause any harm to your puppy, feeding them steak fat on a regular basis can be harmful to their health. The reason why is that too much fat can cause pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation of your puppy’s pancreas that could be fatal to them.

Also, some people believe that feeding a dog too much fat can cause them to get heart disease. However, it would take an almost obscene amount of fat to give your puppy heart disease, especially since most dogs don’t live much past 12 or 13 years of age. In that short amount of time, it’s almost impossible to eat enough fat to cause heart disease. 

Can My Puppy Eat Steak Bones?

No, you should never give your puppy steak bones. Yes, it seems natural that a dog, like a wolf, would be able to eat bones as they do so in the wild. However, a mother wolf would never let her pups eat bones in the wild. She knows innately that they can crack, splinter, and cause severe cuts in their GI tract, including their colon, large and small intestines. 

Even small bones can be a problem because cracked or not, they can cause a blockage in your puppy’s digestive system. Like a child with a large piece of candy, they can also cause a choking hazard.

Some people say that raw bones are OK for a dog to eat since they are soft, can be chewed, and, if ingested, can also be digested. Still, I would advise against giving raw bones to a puppy only because of the choking hazard. Soft and chewable or not, if your puppy swallows a big piece of bone, they could choke to death.

Can My Puppy have Cooked Steak?

Yes, puppies can eat cooked steak when you give it in moderation and not as their primary source of nutrition. Cooked steak provides a wide variety of nutrients for a puppy, including protein, minerals, and a small amount of fat. Steak also has zinc, selenium, iron, and several vitamins like B-12, B-3, and B-6.

Steak also has omega-6 fatty acids, which are very beneficial for a puppy. But, again, I must stress that giving your puppy steak must be done in moderation. Like any between-meal snack, steak should be given as a treat and shouldn’t replace your puppy’s regular kibble.

Can My Puppy have Raw Steak?

Like cooked steak, you can give your puppy raw steak on occasion as a snack or treat. Lean, savory, and filled with nutritious protein, raw steak is about as close to what a wild dog would eat naturally. (A dog’s body is physically designed to digest animal protein, just like a wolf, lion, or bear.)

Many people, including veterinarians, believe that puppies and dogs need raw meat regularly in order to live their best life. Before dogs were domesticated a few thousand years ago, that’s exactly what they did, killing and eating animals raw like other carnivores in the wild.

Can My Puppy Eat Seasoned Steak?

Yes, your puppy can eat seasoned steak, although the seasoning you use is essential. That’s because some of the herbs and spices that we humans use on a steak are harmful and even fatal for a puppy. Those herbs and spices include:

  • Garlic- Although some people believe that garlic is a great way to keep the fleas off of their puppy, it’s actually toxic and should be avoided.
  • Onion-  Onion has a nasty habit of causing diarrhea and vomiting in puppies because it contains disulfides and sulfoxides. These can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia, a severe blood condition that significantly harms your puppy.
  • Shallots- Shallots are very similar to onions and can cause the same problems that onions cause, which is why you shouldn’t give them to your puppy. 
  • Nutmeg- Nutmeg Is weird when it comes to puppies. If they eat it, they can get highly excited and agitated. Afterward, however, they can become exhausted and drained, so much that they can even die.
  • Salt-  one of the biggest problems with salt is that it causes increased thirst and urination, both of which can lead to extreme dehydration in your puppy. Too much salt can also cause nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The recommended amount of sodium for an adult dog that weighs about 30 lb is 200 mg. To put that in perspective, a single cup of chicken noodle soup can contain nearly 1,500 mg of sodium, about 7 times the amount your pooch should have in a day!

Some spices that humans use on a steak are just fine for your puppy and shouldn’t cause any concern. They include basil, ginger, turmeric, parsley, and cinnamon (although you won’t find a whole lot of people using cinnamon on their steak, it’s true).

Final Thoughts

The question “can my puppy eat steak?” is one that I hear very frequently. The good news is that, yes, your puppy can eat steak, but it should always be in moderation. Whether cooked or raw, steak provides several excellent nutrients for your puppy, including protein, omega-6 fatty acids, and several vitamins.

Puppies and dogs also love steak because let’s face it, that’s the food they’ve been eating for hundreds of thousands of years. Their bodies are made to digest raw meat and extract all of the nutrients from it quite handily. Again, however, whatever steak you give your puppy should only be given in minimal amounts and only occasionally as a snack or treat.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and that I answered all of your questions. If you have more questions about what your puppy can and can’t eat, please be sure to take a look at my other blogs. I cover a wide variety of different foods that should and shouldn’t be given to puppies, helpful information if you’re a new puppy parent.