My Dog Ate Beef Fat What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 01/10/22 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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My Dog Ate Beef Fat

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Fat is an essential part of a dog’s diet. If you check the ingredient label of regular dog food, you’ll find fat listed as an ingredient. However, the are different types of fat, some of which are OK for dogs and others that are not. So what happens if your dog eats beef fat?

Has your dog eaten beef fat? Are you worried the beef fat may make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve put together some information about beef fat and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Beef Fat?

Beef fat is fat that comes from beef. It’s also sometimes called tallow. The fat is made by rendering suet, which is usually found around the organs of cattle, such as beef cows. Beef fat can be used for cooking, skin salve, and more.

Fat is a necessary part of our diet and our dogs’ diet. Without the right amount of fat, a dog may develop itchy, dry skin and a dull coat. They can also develop lower immunity, heart disease, and even diabetes! So, fats are necessary for a dog’s diet. However, what happens if a dog eats beef fat?

Beef Fat & Dogs

Fortunately, beef fat is not toxic to dogs. However, if a dog eats too much of the fat, he may develop a painful condition called pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and can be a serious, life-threatening condition if not treated right away.

Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten beef fat and developed pancreatitis:

If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Be sure to let the vet know about how much beef fat your dog has eaten. They will also want to know about what time this happened.

Pancreatitis needs prompt medical treatment. The idea is to help the pancreas rest and allow the body to heal. Pain medications may be given through an IV with fluids. The vet will also treat any other symptoms as they arise.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive medical treatment right away. So, be sure to get your dog to the vet ASAP. His life depends on it!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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