My Dog Ate Grease Will He Get Sick?

By Julie •  Updated: 03/25/21 •  3 min read
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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!

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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!

Can My Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?
Can My Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?

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.

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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:

However, non-animal sources of grease can be just as bad. These include:

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:

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.

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Julie

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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