Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

by ScritchSpot

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.

Hazards

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.

Remember the following:

  • Some dogs are allergic to chicken; it’s actually the third most common food allergy among canines.
  • No bones! Cook boneless chicken or remove the bone after cooking because chicken bones are a common culprit for choking. They splinter easily and can also puncture the stomach and intestinal wall, leading to an emergency situation.  
  • For the healthiest (and least likely to upset the tummy) choice, use lean chicken breast meat with the excess fat and skin removed. Vets caution against dogs eating extremely rich, fatty foods (such as dark meat or the drumstick) because it can lead to pancreatitis, a painful condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen. Pancreatitis can be very serious; symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

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