My Dog Ate Bacon Grease- Now What?

Sometimes you feel like you left the breakfast table unattended for just a few seconds but it’s already too late and your dog snagged the empty plate with bacon grease from the table.

Can Dogs Eat Bacon Grease?

Dogs can eat bacon grease (it’s not toxic) although they shouldn’t eat it in large amounts. Some dogs can show symptoms if eaten too much bacon fat. These could include vomiting, diarrhea, an upset stomach, stomach pains and loose stool. After eating a large amount of fat, dogs can develop pancreatitis.

My Dog Ate Bacon

Bacon is not healthy for your dog to eat. It contains high amounts of salt and fat which are very unhealthy for dogs. It can lead to dehydration in your dog which causes him to drink high amounts of water. This can cause your dog to get bloated which can in lead to pressure on his other organs, which can cause real harm to your pooch.

If you notice any behavioral changes in your dog take him to the vet as soon as you can.

Pancreatitis In Dogs

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas caused by diet (processed foods and foods that are high in fats) or stress (results in high levels of cortisol in their body). Symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs can be vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite (resulting in weight loss), dehydration, abdominal pain and fatigue. You should lookout for a general change in behavior because any of the symptoms listed above will be easy to spot.

Acute Pancreatitis

This is a sudden attack of pancreatitis and often occurs during the holidays. During the holidays the dog can be exposed to higher amounts of stress through increased visiting family members and friends, changes in the routine as well as prolonged traveling. Visiting family members can feed the dog table scraps and more unhealthy food can be around and accessible for the dog.

Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis develops over time and can be difficult to diagnose as your dog may not even show any symptoms at all. The Chronic kind can be a result of multiple acute attacks. Obviously, you should consult with your vet after repeated attacks.


Feeding your dog bacon grease or bacon is never a good idea. It’s food not meant for canine consumption but rather human-only. Instead, you could try feeding your dog chicken. It’s a better alternative and doesn’t contain nearly as much salt or fat. If you notice any changes in behavior in your dog after him eating bacon or bacon grease be sure to take him to the vet.


I'm Lisa. I grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier, recently got an Aussiedoodle puppy and have learned a lot of things over the many years. I created this website to help you with your puppy and dog-related troubles and share the information I learned about my dogs Fluffy and Teddy.

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