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Is ham OK for dogs?

I am supposed to bring high value treats to Luci's Nose Work class. I am looking at the Easter ham and thinking some cubes from the rind might be just the thing! It is a mild, not a very salty ham. Need some advice here.
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I used some for Kodi for our obedience class today. at least half of the people there also had ham.<g> I figure it can't be saltier than hot dogs and lots of training people use those. Our ham also has no nitrite or nitrate, and most hot dogs are loaded.

I wouldn't feed them ham on a daily basis, but as training treats now and then, I think ti's fine.


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Mine get a small amount of ham every Sunday morning along with their scrambled eggs.

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my dog will do anything for cheese. I haven't tried ham. I'm not a big ham eater.
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Mine get a small amount of ham every Sunday morning along with their scrambled eggs.
That's sweet Sunday brunch.

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We started giving Werli [name change from Kodi] training treats sold at Petsmart...Pet Botanics...All our dogs are crazy about them there`s nothing I see in the ingredients that are bad pretty much all natural....They are tiny treats with different flavors...they`re pretty reasonably priced also...Kathy
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We started giving Werli [name change from Kodi] training treats sold at Petsmart...Pet Botanics...All our dogs are crazy about them there`s nothing I see in the ingredients that are bad pretty much all natural....They are tiny treats with different flavors...they`re pretty reasonably priced also...Kathy
Just be careful where they are made. A lot of the Walmart stuff is made in China, and a lot of the treats out of China have been making dogs very, very sick. (occasionally killing them) It's not an every bag thing, so you can use it with no problem for a long time, then draw the unlucky bag.


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I think salted porks are not the best choice, bacon, ham...high in salt and fat, not so much a great choice, I think chicken or beef is probably better you can control the level of salt and fat with those meats.

Gucci doesn't even really like ham, I never really tried to feed it to her, but I've never seen her beg for it..I've always thought it was bad like bacon and one of those risky pancreatitis foods (?)

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I think salted porks are not the best choice, bacon, ham...high in salt and fat, not so much a great choice, I think chicken or beef is probably better you can control the level of salt and fat with those meats.

Gucci doesn't even really like ham, I never really tried to feed it to her, but I've never seen her beg for it..I've always thought it was bad like bacon and one of those risky pancreatitis foods (?)

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Well, ham is salty, but good ham is NOT high in fat. In fact, most cuts of beef have more fat. I certainly wouldn't make it part of an every-day diet, but for small, occasional, training treats, many dogs love it and do fine with it. I don't buy ham for Kodi, but he has had bits of our left-overs here and there this week. We probably won't have another big ham until Christmas, so in the scheme of his entire diet, he's getting very little.

You definitely want to avoid any fatty meat because of the risk of a ham to your dog, because of the risk of pancreatitis. So obviously, you don't feed the fat on the edge of of the ham, but likewise, you wouldn't want to feed the fat from roast beef or steak, or the skin of chicken or turkey. It's not the animal it comes from, but the fat content.

In fact, pork loin is often cheap, very low in fat, and can be easily cooked up, diced and packaged for training treats. It also freezes well. I do that a lot. (and, of course, there's no added salt in pork loin, so that's out of the picture too)


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