Can Dogs Eat Chicharron or pork rinds? Why you shouldn’t

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 17, 2020

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Most dog owners know that it is perfectly fine for your furry friend to eat pork, but have you ever questioned if they can eat chicharron (or pork rinds)?

Let’s look at why you shouldn’t shall we?

Can dogs eat chicharon

It’s Better Not to

Pork rinds, pork scraps, and pork skin that are bought in packages in the store are all prepared with lots of salt, spices, and various frying techniques which can be harmful to your pet’s health, and so should be avoided.

There is no need to panic though, it’s not the case that chicharron is detrimental to your dog’s health. If you accidentally gave them one, or you gave them one to try, there is most likely no reason for you to rush to the vet.

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It Depends On The Dog

Even though it is highly unlikely that your dog will have an attack after eating a pork rind, it truly does depend on the dog. If you know that they have a sensitive stomach or digestive issues, it is best to keep an eye on them if they have eaten some, for whatever reason.

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Stick To Regular Pork

To avoid any kind of complications or rushed visits to the vet, it is best to give your dog regular pork. Of course, this means cooked pork. Raw pork is another no-go zone, as the raw meat can contain a parasite called “trichinella spiralis larvae”.


To summarise, both chicharron and raw pork can be dangerous for your dog, so your best bet is to avoid them altogether.

If your dog is a fan of pork, a nice piece of cooked meat in the blender or cut up in chunks is the safest and probably tastiest option, and make sure they’re fully and thoroughly cooked.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.