Just from observing the heavy, sludgy nature of bacon grease, you should be able to guess that such a substance wouldn’t help your pooch very much. That aside, there are several reasons why bacon grease does more harm than good for dogs, and these are some of them:
Indigestion And Gastrointestinal Discomfort
Leave the grease that seeps out of heated bacon to cool, and you get a congealed, paste-like sludge sitting in the pan, a perfect example of how bacon grease stuffs your beloved four-legged’s system.
The grease’s thickness coupled with the weakness of your four-legged companion’s digestive system to effectively absorb fatty human food slows down the digestion process and causes gastrointestinal discomfort.
This slow decomposition makes dogs restless, uncomfortable and also affects other organs around the stomach.
Inflammation Of The Pancreas
Bacon grease, because of its thick nature, over tasks the pancreas and causes it to swell. The pancreas is the principal organ responsible for breaking down excess fat, sugar, and starch by releasing enzymes contained in the pancreatic juice.
The problem is that bacon grease, when ingested, takes a long time to be broken down. Hence the pancreas overworks yet finds it difficult to remove the excess fat from your dog’s system.
Consequently, once there’s an accumulation of grease in a dog’s system, it starts to affect the pancreas’ proper function, making it swell and causing severe discomfort for your canine pal.
Since the pancreas resides near the stomach, the inflammation affects the stomach muscles, hindering proper digestion. But, of course, that’s without mentioning the constriction of the intestines and other organs surrounding the abdomen.
Note that pancreatitis, the inflammation of the pancreas, is more prominent in pups since their digestive systems are weaker than their adult counterparts.
Unfortunately, pancreatitis surgery costs a lot and involves partial removal of damaged pancreas tissue, leaving your furry buddy destabilized for life.
Dehydration And Salt Poisoning
The reason why bacon grease suffices as a significant cooking ingredient is partly because of its salty taste. And as you might know, salt is a high-degree threat to dogs.
For clarity, the high sodium content in bacon grease gets into the bloodstream of a healthy dog and causes the shrinkage of cells. Cells primarily shrink in an attempt to force out the excess salty moisture and to rebalance the salt-to-water ratio in a dog’s body.
The shrinkage causes dehydration which induces extreme thirst, forcing your dear Fido to lap up excess water out of raw, uncontrolled survival instinct. But, unfortunately, the excess water in the body now becomes a problem, causing stomach bloating and, afterward, discomfort and vomiting.
But what’s worse is the possibility of salt toxicity which happens when the salt attack on cells starts and your canine pal doesn’t have enough water to drink. The sodium content in the bacon grease, having shrunk brain cells, could cause seizures, muscle spasms, and, in severe cases, death in dogs.
The fatty component in bacon grease contains a decent amount of cholesterol which can accumulate in your dear Fido’s system and contribute to the occurrence of many heart-related ailments.
What happens is that cholesterol builds up as plaque which obstructs blood-carrying vessels called arteries. Eventually, your pooch’s heart doesn’t get as much blood supply from the brain as before and starts to function poorly. Likewise, brain function diminishes since oxygenated blood can’t leave the heart and get to the brain.
The continued occurrence of restricted blood flow to and from the heart eventually leads to cardiac arrest, especially when your four-legged body exercises and demands more blood and oxygen from the heart.
If there’s one dog-related disease that constantly worries many dog owners, it’s obesity. And frankly, allowing your canine to eat bacon grease would only worsen matters.
The thing about obesity is that it attracts a host of other corollary diseases such as inflammation, lethargy, CAD— coronary heart disease, hip dysplasia, and many others.
In general, the obesity-inducing culprit in bacon grease is the high saturated fat content. And although the saturated fat in bacon grease has been proven to be okay for humans, it constitutes severe health risks for dogs.