Can Dogs Eat Chorizo?

We don’t recommend chorizo as a source of protein for dogs because it is high in fat and salt and prepared with seasonings that could be harmful to your dog.

Avoid giving your dog contaminated or undercooked chorizo. This can cause it to be infected with the trichinosis parasite. Additionally, onion powder, garlic, and paprika are highly toxic for dogs.

People can feed human food to their pets without being aware that it can harm them.

Let’s talk about chorizo and whether it is safe for your dog.

Which are the Common Ingredients in Chorizo?

Chorizo is high protein food, mainly made from pork meat and pork fat.

The meat is usually seasoned with garlic, onion, and paprika powder. Manufacturers first grind the pork meat and fat, then add all the spices and salt and stuff the mix into the pork guts.

Understanding the effects of seasonings on dogs’ health is key to answering the question, “Can a dog eat Chorizo?”

Here is a list of the main ingredients in chorizo seasoning. You can find out how these ingredients impact your dog’s health by checking them out.


The manufacturers season the chorizo with salt to enhance its flavor. Salt can prolong the shelf life of chorizo, but when in high amounts, it is not beneficial for dogs’ health.

Salt contains a mineral called sodium, which regulates blood pressure and balances body fluids.

The average sodium intake is healthy for both dogs and humans, but the daily salt intake limits for dogs and humans are different.

The salt in chorizo may not cause any harm to you, but it could pose serious health problems for your dog. Salt can increase blood pressure in your dog, which can cause damage to the heart and kidneys.

Salt intake can cause symptoms to worsen in older dogs, and regular overuse can lead to death in the worst-case scenario.


Salt is bad for dogs, but it’s the onion seasoning that makes us strongly oppose feeding chorizo to dogs. The thiosulphate in onions can cause anemia in dogs, making your dog sick and destroying his blood cells.


Another seasoning ingredient used in chorizo making is paprika. Although paprika is a flavorful ingredient in chorizo, it can cause skin irritation for dogs.

It is best to avoid giving your dog paprika-containing foods. Other than that, dogs can get gastrointestinal irritation and stomach problems from paprika or other spices.


To make chorizo taste great, manufacturers also use garlic powder. Like onions, Garlic also contains thiosulphate, which can cause the same problems for dogs.

The Dangers of Cooked Chorizo for Cogs

Here are some risks associated with cooked chorizo

Toxic Spices

Although cooked pork is safe for dogs, chorizo seasoning can pose a danger to their health.

As we mentioned above, chorizo may contain fresh or powdered onion and garlic, which are both dangerous for dogs.

The toxic chemicals found in all plants of the Allium plant family (garlic and onions, shallots, shallots, shallots, etc.) are called sulfoxides or aliphatic sulfides. These chemicals can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.

Experts say that symptoms of toxemia include stomach issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite. Dogs may experience symptoms such as rapid breathing, fatigue, or pale mucous membranes.

Research indicates that fresh onions can cause toxic effects in dogs. Researchers have not yet identified a specific amount of garlic but believe it to be more potent than onions. It is best to not give your dog any of these ingredients.

Although a few chorizo bites are unlikely to cause severe side effects, we recommend keeping your dog away from this treat.

Gastrointestinal Upset

Even if a certain brand of chorizo doesn’t contain onions or garlic, some dogs may experience digestive distress due to its high fat content, other spices, and nitrates (in cured meats).

If chorizo is consumed in large quantities, sensitive stomach dogs may experience vomiting or diarrhea.

These symptoms are usually mild and not severe in most cases. However, some dogs may have experienced allergic reactions to chorizo or other problems. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, consult your veterinarian to rule out other causes such as dietary sensitivities or illnesses.

High Sodium

Chorizo is often made with lots of salt, and dogs should not eat high-sodium foods.

True hypernatremia, which is excessive blood sodium, is rare in dogs. However, it can occur when dogs eat excessive amounts of salty products such as cooking salt or rock salt.

According to USDA, Chorizo typically contains 790 mg sodium. Salt poisoning would be a severe concern for smaller breed dogs who eat more than four links at once.

Salt poisoning could also occur in larger dogs, but they have higher sodium tolerance.

Although this scenario is unlikely, it is good to avoid giving your dog salty foods.

Spicy Seasonings

Mexican Chorizo usually contains vinegar and chile peppers, which irritate dogs’ stomachs. Spanish Chorizo is even worst because it contains garlic powder, pimento (paprika), and white wine, all of which can be toxic to dogs.

BBQ sauce can also cause discomfort for your dog because it is high in salt and flavored with onion and garlic.

If a puppy becomes sick from eating garlic or onions, the condition can become life-threatening. Contact your vet immediately.

You should also know that some barbecue sauces contain nutmeg, which can be dangerous for your pet.

Related: Can Dogs Eat Spicy Food?

Unwanted Weight Gain

Dogs can gain weight just like humans if they consume too many calories from nutrient-poor choices.

Chorizo is naturally high in calories and has a lot of fat. When combined with the dog’s natural tendency to overeat, it can cause weight gain.

Uncooked Chorizo for Dogs

Although a small amount of cooked chorizo without garlic or onions may not pose a risk to your dog, it is best not to give uncooked chorizo to your dog.

Uncooked pork can contain microscopic parasites called Trichinella.

Although Trichinella can usually be killed with thorough cooking, infection by these parasites can occur when the pork is not cooked or undercooked.

The first symptoms of this infection are usually digestive upset. Muscle pain, swelling, and stiffness may occur as the parasites enter the dog’s muscle.

Most infections in dogs are mild. While some dogs might not have any symptoms at all, others may experience serious side effects.

Depending on the severity and extent of the infection, your vet may prescribe anti-parasitic medication.

Avoid leaving raw pork on the counter where your canine friend can eat them.

Always cook pork well to reduce the chance of you and your dog getting this infection. This is especially important for humans since we are more susceptible to severe Trichinella disease than dogs.

What Happens to Your Dog if he Eats Chorizo?

Chorizo can cause vomiting, stomach upset, and diarrhea in dogs. If the pieces of meat are too big or too small, it’s possible to choke.

Adverse health risks are only present when chorizo is consumed regularly, particularly in large quantities. This could lead to obesity, stomach discomfort, and kidney problems. Chorizo is a poor choice for pets because it contains pork fat, spices, and salt.

If your dog gets ill from eating chorizo, ensure he has plenty of water. If your dog continues to have symptoms, you can give him skinless, boneless chicken or white rice to cleanse his stomach.

How Fatty Foods can Impact Dogs’ Health

Dogs may have difficulty digesting high-fat foods like chorizo. It is common to add pork fat to give Mexican chorizo more flavor.

However, the dog’s pancreas can become irritated as the digestive tract processes the fat, causing inflammation of the pancreas.

All breeds can develop pancreatitis. However, some breeds are more vulnerable to it.

These breeds are:

Pancreatitis can be life-threatening. These are the signs that you should be looking for, according to the American Kennel Association.

  • Hunched back
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Dogs may feel uncomfortable or bloated due to pain or distention in the abdomen.
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness/lethargy
  • Fever


We don’t recommend feeding chorizo to your dog because it can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Additionally, chorizo contains many spices, including garlic and paprika; it is high in fat and can cause pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is a severe condition that can lead to death if left untreated. You may find that your dog may become ill from this from eating chorizo or even die. You should consult your vet before you give the food to your dog.

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