The quick answer: Yes, dogs can eat plain cooked chicken.
Benefits of chicken
You’ve probably noticed that chicken is a primary dog food ingredient, and that’s because it’s a safe source of protein that dogs love. Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein that builds muscle as well as omega 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, and essential amino acids and glucosamine for healthy bones.
Chicken is easily digestible and a pup favorite. If your dog has suffered from stomach upset, allergies, or other GI issues, you may have gotten the advice to feed them a bland diet that includes boiled chicken and rice to rest their digestive tract without compromising nutrition.
Just like with humans, do not give your dog raw chicken due to the risk of salmonella or bacterial infections. If you are feeding your dog a raw food diet, make sure you only feed your dog poultry provided by a certified raw food company. This way, the meat will have gone through special steps to prevent disease and infection.
Chicken that you prepare at home should be fully cooked without any seasoning, onions or garlic, and cooking methods can include roasting, poaching, grilling or baking. Chicken makes a great protein choice for those that make their own dog food, and depending on where you purchase, it can be organic and sustainable as well.
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