Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

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We bet you've served your dog some sort of chicken-flavored dog food at some point in their life, but what about the real thing? Is chicken okay for dogs to eat?


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The answer is yes! Chicken is safe and non-toxic to dogs!

Is chicken safe for dogs?

Chicken is safe to introduce into your dog's diet and actually is a good source of protein! At times, cooked chicken can even be substituted for or added to his regular meal!


How to prepare chicken for dogs.

We advise against serving raw chicken to your dog. Just like humans, there is a risk of salmonella or bacterial infections. Be sure the cooked chicken is unseasoned. Salt and other spices upset your dog's stomach and can lead to pancreatitis. It's best to leave the cooked chicken unseasoned.


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Since the chicken will be moderately flavorless, it's a good idea to mix the chicken in with your pet's regular food or a vegetable such as string beans or other vegetables that are safe for dogs. It is important to note that dogs can be allergic to chicken. It actually ranks as one of the top 10 allergy-inducing foods for dogs. If you notice any irregular behavior in your dog after eating chicken, seek veterinary services immediately.


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Lastly, chicken can have bones! While bones and dogs may be known to go hand-in-hand, that is not the case. Cooked chicken bones will splint and create sharp slivers, which can cause major health issues for your pup. Bone splinters can cause your dog to choke by getting lodged in their throat, blocking their air supply and cause you an emergency trip to the vet. Bone fragments can easily get lodged in your dog's throat, blocking the airways, and creating an emergency situation.


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Chicken can be a healthy additive to your dog's diet. However, it is important that you serve it properly. Make sure the chicken is cooked, off the bone, and without salt or spices.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.