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Why are there no pork-based pet foods?

You can get your dog or cat beef, chicken, fish, etc. but I have never seen pork-flavor pet food. Why?

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  • *****
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    2 months ago
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    There are pork-based pet foods, just not a lot of them. 

    It has nothing to do with fat content, pork is not significantly fattier than other meats overall, and many cuts are very lean. Pork is highly digestible for pets and there is nothing nutritionally that would prevent its use in pet foods. It's really primarily because of cost to pet food companies, which is down to how pork production works. There is simply not a lot of pork produced that's unsuitable for human consumption, and production costs are relatively high for pigs, with them usually kept indoors and fed processed feeds throughout their life in a commerical operation. Pigs are litter-bearing animals and can produce 2-3 large litters each year, so there are less mature animals maintained that need to be disposed of than to produce lamb and beef. When a sow starts to become less productive (normally at still a fairly young age) they can usually still be slaughtered and sold commercially to be used in sausages and similar, there is a large market for processed pork products that does not exist on that scale for other livestock. Few hogs are processed for use in pet foods rather than for humans to eat in some form. So, using pork in a pet food usually means paying the price that pork commands for human consumption. With beef, each cow produces normally only one calf a year. With sheep, normally one or two a year. They're often culled later in life and aren't desirable meat to sell for humans to eat, so they sell for much cheaper, and it's often largely these older cull animals that end up in pet food. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It's too fatty for dogs.  It's much like turkey.  I have seen pork treats.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because pork is VERY expensive and not very good for dogs or cats.

    • Lauren
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      2 months agoReport

      Agreed. Pork tends to be associated with pancreatitis in dogs and there are better meat sources to provide proper nutrition for dogs and cats. 

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  • 2 months ago

    They exist. You just haven't seen them yet. There aren't many; one reason given is that almost every part of a pig is consumed by people, which is not the case with most other animals.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because pork is very high in fat and too much fat can cause all kinds of problems in dogs including pancreatitis, which is life threatening.  And everyone knows that only the worst cuts of any meat are used in kibble, so pork would be really bad for a dog.

    • Lauren
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Agreed on the pork. Pancreatitis is a reason why we never give pork to a dog. And there are meats that have better nutritional profiles than pork for use in dog foods. But I wouldn't automatically say that the worst cuts of meat are used in kibble...

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