Can a dog eat raw chicken?

Asked By: Mathias Fahey
Date created: Fri, Feb 19, 2021 4:11 AM
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Chicken is a great source of protein for dogs, and it's exactly the sort of food your dog would be eating in the wild.

Some vets warn against raw chicken because of the risk of salmonella or other bacterial contamination.

For that reason, cooked Chicken is safer.

Answered By: Kamryn Feest
Date created: Sat, Feb 20, 2021 6:14 AM
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Chicken: If your dog requires extra protein in his diet, cooked, unseasoned Chicken is an easy addition to his regular food.

It also makes a good meal replacement if you're out of dog food.

However, it shouldn't make up more than 10 percent of a dog's diet as it could cause gastrointestinal irritation.

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Many people foods are particularly dangerous for dogs, however… Cooked chicken bones can break and splinter, which can cause your dog to choke and can also puncture the gastrointestinal tract, or get caught in his throat. This is extremely painful to your dog and can potentially lead to death.
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Always feed your dog raw bones. Raw meaty bones (such as raw chicken wings or lamb flaps) help to keep teeth and gums healthy, provide added nutrition and help cleanse your dog's digestive tract. Never feed cooked bones to your dog, as these can splinter and cause internal injury.
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Cooked chicken bones can break and splinter, which can cause your dog to choke and can also puncture the gastrointestinal tract, or get caught in his throat. This is extremely painful to your dog and can potentially lead to death.
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Liver and hearts from chicken, turkey, and beef are a healthy source of vitamins and minerals for your dog. Chicken gizzards are rich in cartilage. It is sometimes sold with hearts and is an important component of a healthy pet diet.
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But really, feeding any cooked bone to your dog is dangerous because cooked bones may splinter and damage the stomach and intestines.

Raw bones do not normally splinter.

Many pets enjoy chewing raw chicken or turkey necks and raw chicken wings that are free of salmonella and other bacteria.

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So if your dog has eaten a portion of raw chicken, there is likely nothing to worry about.

While the chicken may contain salmonella and other bacteria, dogs digestive systems have evolved to process raw meat (although meats such as pork should be avoided as they may contain certain parasites).

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