Some people believe that dogs should not be fed pepperoni, while others disagree. To settle this debate, I will give you all the information on both sides of the argument so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
First off, what is pepperoni?
Pepperoni is a type of sausage made from ground pork and beef mixed with salt, black peppercorns, garlic powder. It is usually cured in large quantities to create a dry-cured sausage or cooked fresh as needed. The origin of the name “pepperoni” comes from either Italian dialects where it means “small peppery one,” or because its cylindrical shape resembles Italian salami (which are typically called “salame piccante” in Italy). Most people believe that pepperoni is spicy, but this is not necessarily true. Most pepperoni contains red chili peppers (or paprika), which can make it spicy, but isn’t always the case. Many types of pepperoni don’t contain any sort of hot ingredient at all.
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So can dog eat pepperoni?
Dogs are carnivores and do not need a lot of filler in their diet. Pepperoni is made from ground meat and meat byproducts, so it would be bad for your dog to have pepperoni as a treat every once in awhile. Ingesting too much fat can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea , vomiting , pancreatitis , and other issues. Dogs with lactose intolerance may suffer from nausea or diarrhea if given milk products such as cheese or yogurt .
A large piece of pepperoni could also pose a choking hazard – especially since dogs seem to think that anything on the floor must be food. If you’re going to give your dog a small amount of pepperoni as a special treat once in awhile, make sure he is and doesn’t choke on it. Whether or not your dog can have pepperoni depends on his size, age, and health.