Has your dog eaten some grease? Are you worried the grease will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place!
In this article, we’ll take a look at what happens when dogs eat grease and what you need to do when this happens. Let’s get started!
How Can Dogs Gain Access to Grease?
Grease is produced by cooking various types of foods. Maybe you fried up some potatoes and then put the leftover grease into a container, which was then thrown into the trash. Or it could grease that was caught in the grease trap of your outdoor grill. This makes grease accessible to a dog.
Dogs love anything that smells like food. Remember those steaks you cooked the other night on the grill outside? Or maybe you fried up some meat and veggies in the house. Whatever it was, the grease can pick up the smells from the food that was cooked. This will draw the dog’s nose, make him think it smells like food, and then he eats it.
It can be this simple! Dogs are notorious for not having much discretion when it comes to what they eat. They’ll eat all kinds of things. When it comes to grease, it really is probably the smells from the foods that were cooked. This will draw your dog to eat grease.
What Types of Grease are Bad for a Dog?
Just about any type of grease you can think of, whether it’s from an animal source or not. This means that grease from these sources can be bad for your dog:
- And more
However, non-animal sources of grease can be just as bad. These include:
- Cooking oils (of all kinds)
What Can too Much Grease do to My Dog?
If your dog eats too much grease, he could end up with pancreatitis or even kidney failure. You may notice these symptoms if your dog develops these health problems:
- Abdominal pain
- Lack of appetite
- Bloody stools
My Dog Ate Grease, Now What?
If your dog has had only a couple of licks of grease, chances are he will be OK. He may have a little vomiting and diarrhea, which will be short-lived.
However, if your dog ate a lot of grease and has any of the symptoms mentioned above, then it’s time to call the vet. Your dog may have developed pancreatitis, which is painful and can be life-threatening if accompanied by bloody stools.
The prognosis for pancreatitis depends on how severe the issue is. Even so, you can always help your dog improve his chances of survival and making a full recovery by seeking medical treatment as soon as possible.