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Sausages for Dogs - A Flavorful Exploration

If there’s one food item that gets my beloved Baxter’s tail wagging at supersonic speeds, it’s the aroma of sausages sizzling away. It got me thinking: can our furry friends partake in the savory goodness of sausages? Well, it's time we unpack the world of "sausages for dogs."

Sausages and the Canine Palate: An Age-Old Love Affair

Historically, dogs have been opportunistic eaters, snatching whatever morsel they could get their paws on. Over time, our domesticated pals have developed a penchant for specific human foods, with sausages being high on that list.

Are Sausages Safe for Dogs?

The short answer is both yes and no. While dogs can technically eat sausages, not all sausages are created equal. Many store-bought varieties are filled with seasonings and additives that can be harmful to our pups.

My Personal Experience with Baxter and Sausages

I'll never forget the time I hosted a BBQ party. Baxter, with his mischievous puppy eyes, managed to snag a spicy chorizo from the table. The aftermath? An upset tummy and an emergency vet visit. It was then that I realized the importance of understanding which sausages are dog-friendly and which are a strict no-no.

So, Which Sausages Can Dogs Safely Enjoy?

Plain Sausages: Opt for sausages without added flavors or spices. These are the safest option for dogs.

Low-Sodium Options: Many sausages are high in salt. Look for low-sodium varieties when considering sausages for dogs.

Avoid Spicy Varieties: As I learned the hard way, spicy sausages like chorizo can be harmful to dogs.

How I Make Baxter’s Favorite Dog-Friendly Sausage

Wanting to treat Baxter without the risks associated with store-bought sausages, I decided to make my own dog-friendly version. Here's a simple recipe that Baxter absolutely adores:


  • Lean meat (chicken, turkey, or beef)
  • A pinch of dog-safe herbs (like parsley) for added flavor.


  1. Grind the meat in a meat grinder or food processor.
  2. Add the herbs and mix well.
  3. Shape the mixture into sausage-like forms.
  4. Cook on a non-stick skillet until fully cooked.
  5. Let cool and serve in moderation.

The Verdict on Store-Bought Sausages

While it might be tempting to share your breakfast sausage with your pup, it's best to avoid store-bought sausages that aren’t explicitly labeled safe for dogs. They often contain garlic, onions, and other ingredients that are toxic to our four-legged friends.

Sausages as a Reward

I've found that using homemade sausages as a training reward works wonders. The unique smell and taste make them an irresistible treat for dogs, ensuring they stay attentive and eager to please during training sessions.

Is Sausage Bad For Dogs

Hello, fellow dog enthusiasts! Jackson Hartley here, your guide to the ins and outs of dog care, writing from the picturesque trails of Bend, Oregon. Beside me is Baxter, my ever-curious Rhodesian Ridgeback, who, like many of our canine companions, has an eye (and nose) for all things meaty. Today, we're tackling a question that's been a hot topic among dog parents: Is sausage bad for dogs?

The Sausage Saga: Moderation and Preparation

During one of our sunny backyard barbecues, Baxter's gaze was fixed on a juicy sausage sizzling on the grill. That longing look led me to ponder: Can dogs indulge in this savory treat? The short answer is yes, but there's a catch. Unseasoned sausage, in small amounts, can be a safe treat for your pooch. Remember, the key is moderation. I make sure to cook the sausages thoroughly (no rare meats for Baxter!) and chop them into bite-sized pieces, perfect for a dog of his size.

Weighing the Risks: Salt and Fat Content

However, indulging Baxter with sausage treats is not without its risks. The high salt and fat content in sausages is a red flag for doggy diets. Regular consumption of such rich, salty foods can lead to health issues for our four-legged friends. It’s similar to how we humans need to watch our intake of indulgent foods – the same principle applies to our dogs. So, while Baxter might gaze longingly at a sausage, I know that his health comes first, and moderation is the rule.

In Closing: A Sausage Saga

It's undeniable: dogs and humans share a mutual love for sausages. However, when it comes to sausages for dogs, it’s essential to ensure they're safe and beneficial for their health. Whether you opt for store-bought dog-specific sausages or whip up a batch at home, always prioritize your pup's wellbeing.

On a personal note, watching Baxter relish his dog-friendly sausages, I'm reminded of the lengths we go to keep our furry family members happy and healthy. Here’s to many more culinary adventures with our canine companions!

Tails and tales,

Sarah Johnson. 🐾

This post was last updated at June 24, 2024 12:32

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