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Can Dogs Eat Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

Can dogs eat chicken?
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Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

You betcha, you’ve served your dog some sort of chicken-flavored dog food many times. Or, when your puppers’ eyes get the best of you and you can’t resist slipping them a treat from the plates occasionally.

So, you’ve perhaps noticed that chicken is a primary dog food ingredient, but what about the real thing? Is chicken okay for dogs to eat? Yes, dogs can eat chicken.

Chicken is a great protein boost for dogs, and that’s dogs also find to be very tasty.  It’s exactly the kind of food your dog would be eating in the wild.

Recommended Read: What foods can/cannot dogs eat?

Nutritional Information Of Chicken

Now that you know the truth about how dogs like chicken and you may be wondering about its nutrient profile. Chicken offers many benefits to our canine friends and is considered a lean meat.

  • Protein is the main energy source required by dogs and chicken supplies that protein boost without bumping up the calorie count and they maximize muscle growth in dogs.
  • Poultry also delivers Omega 6 fatty acids that help stimulate the healthy skin, shiny coats, maintain metabolism and regulate the reproductive system.
  • It’s also a great source of glucosamine, which plays a vital role in bone health and essential amino acids.
  • The best thing you can do is…try feeding a small portion of boneless, boiled chicken with your dog’s usual food, weekly twice as a tasty dinner treat. Or else, you can provide cooked chicken as an appreciated incentive for her good behavior.
  • The chicken meal usually contains about 12% fat and about 10% moisture – the protein content is a whopping 65%.
  • It is also loaded with linoleic acid, an important nutritional element for your dog’s skin and coat health.
  • The Chicken meal also contains concentrated levels of phosphorus, choline, selenium, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. In general, it’s a pretty great ingredient for your dog.

Besides, a lot of Dog food products include chicken-meal as a meat-rich and nutritious source of protein.

The Chicken meal is an important source of nourishment for dogs and their nutrition content bumps up the protein and cuts back the moisture level.

Compare that to fresh chicken and you’re looking at something closer to 75% moisture with about 20% protein and the remaining 5% representing a combination of fat, carbohydrate, and minerals.

Don’t be bothered about the elevated fat content in the chicken meal, either. Chicken fat is one of the most nutritious sources of fat available to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Nuggets?

You’ve just drive-thru at your favorite fast food restaurant and the salty, greasy aroma of spicy, crunchiest nuggets soon fills your car.

Before you know it, your dog can hardly resist it!  He’s leaning over your shoulders and gazing up at you pleadingly, licking his lips.

How can you flout that sweet face?! You are going to hand your dog a chicken nugget. But hang on a minute mate, Yes, dogs can eat chicken nuggets but if you want your dog to be healthy, better not feed him nuggets.

But why?

 

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Processing – The processes the nuggets undergoes when being prepared.  They are deep fried food and hence very rich in fat which can obstruct arteries and hence result in delayed blood circulation. Hence it is not advisable for bulky dogs and for dogs having cardiac-related problems.

Too much salt – They contain too much salt that can induce frequent urination in dogs and dehydration. If not noticed on time, the result will be kidney failure in dogs.

Seasoning – The breading in nuggets sometimes contain seasonings that could be disastrous to your canine’s health. These could be onions and/garlic.

Nevertheless, they may be used as a treat, if she has behaved well throughout the week, she deserves a treat.

And, if you feed chicken nuggets to your dog regularly, she may gain weight and may even refuse to eat her regular food while preferring the nuggets.

So yes, you can feed occasionally, but it’s still not recommended.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

Doggos are fascinated by chicken bones like kids to candy. But are chicken bones bad for dogs?

If your lazy chow, chows down on chicken bones the first thing is: Don’t panic.

Ain’t dogs innate tendency to devour and digest chicken, steak, pork or ham bones?  Not so much. However, ahead of rushing your fluffer to the vet, take a look into these things.

While dogs and bones are made for each other, it’s cooked bones, of any kind, that can be unsafe.

Uncooked chicken bones – yes, they are, in fact, advantageous for dogs. They stimulate the production of salivary enzymes that keep teeth and gums healthy. They also provide calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals and nutrients. They are a great gastronomic way to provide both physical and mental stimulation.

preventing bad behavior or boredom. Remember to keep an eye out for your pup while the chewing is on.

Brachiocephalic breeds (such as boxersbulldogsShih Tzupugs etc) jawbone structure are not anatomically designed to chew bones effectively and safely.

Dogs with gut sensitivities also might not process bones well either. Check with your vet to evaluate your dog’s mouth and gut.

So what should I do?

Avoid the “3 B’s”: Baked, Broiled, Barbecued – bones.

Cooked bones (except that have been marked as eatable for dogs) become dried up and sharp. When chewed by your dog.

Bones can crack and splinter into shards leading to gums, mouth and tooth injuries, or, worse, they pose choking risk from internal injuries to esophagus, stomach, and rectum.

What if your pooch has already eaten the bones? –

If your dog has already ingested any of the forbidden “3 B’s” and does not experience any kind of suffering or don’t appear to be choking,  she will be fine. Rest easy. Nonetheless, it is necessary that you stay watchful about her condition over the next few days.

Providing your pooch something soft such as white bread will cushion her stomach.

Like so, the delicate digestive lining can be cosseted from being hurt by the cooked bones’ spiky edges. Over the next few days, stay attentive for signs of stomach swelling or difficulty defecating, diarrhea, bloody stool, vomiting or any other kind of stomach discomfort.

Once you spot your dog exhibiting any one of the above symptoms, right away seek out your vet attention.

Can Puppies Eat Chicken And Rice?

Chicken-based canned and dry pet foods are a staple of every dog food aisle, but a home-cooked chicken smells and tastes like treasure to a puppy of any age.

While we don’t have to necessarily feed it every day, cooking chicken for a puppy is safe, if done right.

Puppies can begin consuming solid food around 3- 8 weeks but that is too early for treats like bits of meat.  Ideally, wait until she is about 12 weeks old.

This is the age at which puppies start cutting their permanent teeth, start with chicken soup first. You can gradually add the shredded chicken. Finally, graduate to giving her boiled chicken and rice

Consult any dog breed-specific literature or your vet about portion size. The amount of chicken meat that you should give your peachy depends on her breed, age, size and growth rate.

Negatives Of Feeding Chicken

You absolutely have nothing to worry about!  It is important to point out that there are a lot of misconceptions among pet owners about feeding chicken to dogs.

Do you think these doggos are eating something that they really should not? Perhaps, they know more about what is good for them than we do.

Consider dogs in the wild, their long pre-domestication era. The wild canids are opportunistic carnivores and relied on raw meat as its primary component of their diet and they go for the hunt,  kill and eat an entire bird. Somehow, we have developed the flawed opinion that dogs would be lost without us.

The truth is, this is really preposterous and should not even be a consideration. That said, we have to be little careful while feeding chicken to our dogs.

You ever got that murky look from your dog that says “is this really what you’re giving me to eat today?”

Pet owners are leaning towards raw chicken nowadays for their pooches. Raw chicken bones are quite safe for dogs.

Dogs have sharp, interlocking teeth and a great protected digestive system with good GI bacteria to take care of the digestion.

However, if your pet has been eating commercial dog food for some time, you should introduce them to raw chicken gradually.

Take care not to give cooked bones to dogs. They are harder and more brittle.

Hence more likely to splinter and produce sharp shards that puncture the mouth; stomach and can nick the intestines which cause bleeding.

However, pet owners should consult with their vet before giving raw chicken to dogs, since raw chicken can pose a salmonella risk to pets.