Question: Can dogs eat chicken? Or is poultry best kept off your dog’s diet? The short answer would be yes, it’s generally safe for dogs to eat chicken, but not chicken bones. Also, when feeding your dog chicken it’s best to cook the chicken before feeding as raw chicken poses potentially dangerous health risks to our four-legged friends.
Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?
It might seem like a perfectly natural thing for your dog to wolf down a chicken bone, but it can actually be dangerous for dogs to eat chicken bones, so it’s best if you would not give your dog any chicken bones.
Most of you already know this, but poultry bones are prone to splintering when crushed (like if your dog bites down on it). This is extremely dangerous, because bone shards can end up lodging in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, which is extremely painful and can be fatal. Thus, you should never give your dog chicken or turkey bones, especially if they are cooked as cooked bones are even more likely to splinter.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?
- Many strains of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica – can cause dangerous zoonotic (transmissible between animals and humans) diseases. These include Salmonella Enteriditis, which is a common strain in North America; Salmonella Hadar; Salmonella Heidelber; and Salmonella Infantis, which is extremely widespread in Europe.
- Other than Salmonella, some other dangerous organisms associated with chicken meat are Campylobacter jejuni, Listeria monocytogenes, and certain strains of Escherichia coli.
- When handling poultry or other raw meat, make sure your hands and all the equipment used is clean.
- Always keep raw meats separate from other foods.
- Cook the meat to a safe minimum eternal temperature (165 degrees Fahrenheit for poultry).
Always refrigerate meat products within 2 hours of cooking.
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Chicken?
Now, you all must be thinking about safety issues in cooked chicken. As a general rule, cooked chicken can be a safe and delicious treat for dogs.
One would think the problem with cooked meat would be the calorie count, but unless you’re giving your dog an entire piece of chicken, like a roasted or fried breast, it’s not a bad snack.
One thing to keep mind, though, is that dogs should not be fed excessively salty food, so heavily seasoned chicken is not a suitable treat for your pooch.
Because of the excessive calories, it’s also best to keep thing like chicken nuggets off your dog’s menu.
Occasionally giving your doggy a few pieces of plain cooked chicken, however, is safe.
Conclusion on Can Dogs Eat Chicken
What to keep in mind is to NEVER feed your dog poultry bones and be very careful with raw meat – follow the FDA’s safe food handling guidelines for raw chicken. If you want to give your pup cooked chicken, then do that sparingly and avoid heavily seasoned chicken products.