We know the feeling when you’re trying to enjoy your food, and your pup just observes every move your mouth makes. It might make you feel guilty and want to share your food with your dog, especially if it is a food that you know your pup will devour in a couple of seconds like salami. That is why we decided to write an article to clarify the question of whether salami is good or bad for dogs and erase any question marks that you might have.
But first, let’s look at how the salami is made.
How Is Salami Made?
Salami is made of either whole, ground, or single parts of the pig. It is usually made by grinding the pork meat and then adding fat, garlic, and salt to it. In some cases, sugar also can be added to the recipe to give it a milder taste.
After that, it is stuffed in a casing, fermented and dried. So, it is processed meat that has a lot of salt and saturated fat in it.
Is Salami Good or Bad For Dogs?
Just like humans, protein is an essential part of a dog’s diet. It is even probably more important for dogs than humans because they are evolved to rely on protein mostly to be able to survive.
It is true that some carbohydrates can be beneficial for them, and they can provide energy as well, the primary and long lasting source of energy comes from the protein in dogs.
Also, protein is not stored in a dog’s body so, they should be getting a lot of it every day to live a healthy life. So, it would make a lot of sense for dogs to eat as much as salami they can, right? That is not the case.
As mentioned above, salami is processed meat and has a lot of different things that give its flavor and help it to have a longer shelf life. Some of those ingredients can be good, and some of them can be bad for your pup.
First, there are a lot of fats in salami. Fats, in general, are very beneficial to your pup in the sense that they are a dense source of energy which is necessary to keep your dog active. They can also provide a better immune system, and they are also crucial for some fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K to be absorbed in your dog’s body.
Even though all the fats have the benefits that we mentioned above, there are different kinds of fats, and they all have various functions in the body.
Saturated fats are usually found in animal products and dairy products, and they are the ones that are found in salami in vast amounts. Among their other benefits, saturated fats are necessary for calcium to be effectively used in the body. Also, they are essential for your dog’s cardiovascular health.
In humans, a diet filled with saturated fats can cause some issues like raising cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, as for the dogs, even though saturated fats can cause a modest increase in cholesterol levels, it is not correlated to any risk of heart diseases. So, it is safe to say that dogs can eat high levels of saturated fats and they only benefit from it, so, salami is a very good food in that regard.
However, there are a lot of other different ingredients that are used when making salami. First, there is a lot of sodium used in salami, and that is probably a bad thing for dogs.
Sodium is one of the two minerals that generate the salt, and it is actually essential for dogs to live their lives, and it can also have many benefits. Sodium helps your pup regulate the blood pressure by retaining the water in its body.
However, too much sodium can cause some issues in especially in senior pups with certain conditions. Healthy dogs can tolerate too much salt consumption better, but regardless, the necessary amount should never be exceeded.
If you feed your pup kibble, you should know that all the dog foods contain at least 0.3% sodium, which is fine if your pup’s kibble has a sodium level of around 0.3%. However, we should mention that most dog foods contain a sodium level higher than 0.5%, which can be too much even if you have a healthy pup.
So, considering that most dogs are already probably consuming too much salt, adding that a food that contains a lot of salt in it might bad. As we mentioned above, healthy dogs are much better at tolerating consumption of too much salt so they can eat a lot of salami and still stay healthy.
But we always advise you to be mindful of their use of salt in general because the necessary amount for them to sustain their lives is minimal.
Also, in some recipes, sugar is added to the ingredients to create a milder taste. You already probably know that it is not natural for dogs to consume too much sugar. Sugar is not something their ancestors were able to find in nature, and it can have very negative consequences on them.
Consuming too much sugar will raise your pup’s blood sugar levels to the degrees that are too high, and it can cause some serious issues such as diabetes and excessive weight gain.
The amount of sugar that is used in salami is not that much, and it will probably not have a lot of severe consequences for your pup unless it eats it regularly. But, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Is Salami Safe For Dogs?
To understand whether salami is safe for dogs, let’s look at the ingredients one by one.
As mentioned above, there is too much salt in salami, and we already mentioned that it is not probably good for your pup to consume too much salt. However, is there a chance that it can cause more serious problems?
There is a condition that is called hypernatremia, and it happens when the sodium concentrations in the blood are much higher than average. Increased thirst, confusion, and even in some cases, coma is the consequences of this issue.
There are two causes of hypernatremia, consuming too much salt and dehydration. So, we could say that if dogs overeat salami, it can cause some serious issues because of the high salt intake. However, we should mention that your dog probably has to discover your one-year stack in order something serious to happen.
There is another ingredient that is used in salami that can cause issues for your tail-wagger when consumed too much, which is garlic.
By some, garlic is considered as toxic to dogs because they are members of the Allium family, and they contain thiosulphate, which is a chemical that causes Heinz body hemolytic anemia.
On the other hand, lately, most vets believe that so that to happen a very significant amount of garlic needs to be consumed by a dog. Because the study that vilified garlic was about a case of a Golden Retriever that ate 5 grams of garlic.
5 grams of garlic means almost 60 cloves, which is a very excessive amount. Therefore, even though widely known otherwise, we could say that garlic content is not one of the things that you should worry about if your pooch has eaten salami.
So, even though some ingredients in it such as salt, sugar, and garlic might cause some issues, we could say that salami is safe for dogs unless it is consumed in excessive amounts.
There are a lot of different ingredients in salami, and some of them might be beneficial for your pooch, and some of them can cause some problems.
Salami can be a good protein source for your pup. Also, it contains a significant amount of saturated fat that will be very beneficial for things like your pup’s immune system. So, in moderate amounts, we don’t see any issue of giving salami to your dog as a tasty treat.
However, we should mention that if given a chance, most dogs will eat as much salami as they can, and it is where the problem lies. If you fall for its cute looks every time it takes a glance at you when you have salami and end up giving too much of it to your dog, some issues might occur.
We believe, the thing you need to be most wary of is salt because too much salt consumption can cause some serious problems for dogs. As for the sugar and garlic, we believe that they have to eat too much of it for some serious issues to arise.