Can Dogs Have Pepperoni?

Wondering if your dog can have pepperoni, or if you need to watch out for warning signs after your dog eats pepperoni? Find out in this guide.

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Is your dog looking at you with those big, sweet eyes while you eat pepperoni pizza? Perhaps you’re wondering if you can throw them a nibble.

The biggest question is, is it safe?

Can Dogs Eat Pepperoni?

In short, no. Your dog should not eat pepperoni.

It’s not immediately toxic for your pooch, but they are unhealthy and dangerous nonetheless.

In fact, all variations of pepperoni are a no-no for your dog.

That includes turkey pepperoni and salami.

What Makes It So Dangerous?

Pepperoni includes high amounts of sodium, fat, and preservatives. These ingredients put your dog at risk for pancreatitis, obesity, and digestive issues.

The spices in pepperoni can cause irritation in your dog’s digestive system, causing bloating and gas.

This can be uncomfortable or even painful for your pooch.

The high sodium content is dangerous and can even cause something called ‘salt poisoning.’ Signs of salt poisoning include dry gums, vomiting, excessive thirst, little to no urination, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Most pepperoni contains garlic and onion as well, which both can cause red blood cell damage in your dog.

They’re toxic in high amounts.

This threat is particularly prevalent in small dogs, as it takes less to affect their little bodies.

Signs To Look Out For

If your dog has already eaten more than a few slices of pepperoni pizza, watch them closely for 24-48 hours, for the following signs:

  • Loose stool
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Change in appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination

Not to worry though, the chances of your dog needing veterinarian care over a single slice of pepperoni are slim. The biggest thing is to watch them for the above signs, and know not to give pepperoni anymore moving forward.

If you’re looking for human food treats that your dog can share with you, consider sharing things like:

  • Blueberries
  • Salmon
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Oatmeal

FAQs about dogs eating pepperoni

No, pepperoni is dangerous for dogs to consume due to its high-fat content, sodium, spices which may irritate their stomachs, preservatives, and the garlic and onion that is typically present in most recipes.

One slice every now and then will likely be fairly safe, though we recommend avoiding it altogether.

You should watch them for signs of an upset stomach, but a slice of pizza can actually be quite harmful depending on the size of the dog.

In severe cases, a slice of pizza can even cause pancreatitis.

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FrugLife strives to provide accurate advice and helpful resources to pet owners. Your pet’s health is important to us, so please remember that the content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and is for entertainment purposes only. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s medical or behavioral condition.

*Post originally published June 2022, last updated February 2023.

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