Can My Dog Eat Raw Chicken
As a paw parent, your dog’s nutrition is one of your top priorities. Recently, raw food has been rising as a popular diet option for our furry friends, and we can’t help but ask if giving them raw meat is good for their health.
If you’re also pondering this question, congrats! You’re a responsible pet owner who’s in the right place. We’re here to give you the scoop on dogs and raw chicken.
Can dogs eat raw chicken? The shortest answer is yes, but in moderation.
How much raw chicken can I feed my dog?
You could feed your dog approximately 2-3% of their weight in raw chicken daily. This might sound like a lot, but keep in mind that you must split up this portion between two meals.
What happens if dogs eat raw chicken?
Most dogs can digest raw chicken without any bad reactions. In fact, your dog can eat most raw meat and show no signs of illness at all.
True, your dog may suffer a bit of diarrhea or vomiting from ingesting any kind of food they aren’t used to. If this happens, a bland diet is the best for your pal until the tummy ache calms down.
While chicken is a great source of protein, research advises against regularly serving it to dogs raw for risk of salmonella and other bacterial infections.
What if my dog is allergic to chicken?
It is important to note that there are dogs that are allergic to chicken. As a matter of fact, chicken meat ranks among the top 10 allergy-inducing ingredients for dogs.
The most common allergens are wheat, dairy, beef, lamb, chicken, egg, soy, fish, rabbit, and pork. Interestingly, small dogs are more prone to poultry allergies.
If you suspect that your dog is allergic to chicken, consult your veterinarian so they can help determine what allergic your dog may have.
If you feed your dog uncooked chicken and they show signs of an allergic reaction (coughing, diarrhea, or hives), it is best to consult your vet and get them off chicken altogether. Instead, feed them other types of meat as a source of protein in the meantime.
On the other hand, if your dog is enjoying chicken (raw or cooked), then go ahead and let them dig in!
How do I make sure the meat I am feeding them is safe?
So, you decided you want in on this raw food trend and you’re going to give your dog some raw chicken. The first thing to do is check with your local market to ensure that you are buying fresh, organic poultry for your dog’s safety. As an added precaution, wash the chicken thoroughly before you feed it to your dog.
How often should I feed my dog raw chicken?
You can feed your dog raw chicken every day, but you must keep the rest of their diet in mind.
Chicken is high in Omega 6, which is responsible for your dog’s inflammatory response. Dogs need this fatty acid when they experience heat, redness, swelling, or pain. The inflammatory response will alert the body to ‘activate’ certain processes within the body to fight off infections and perform repair.
So, Omega 6 is not actually bad for dogs. In fact, dogs need it to ensure that their metabolism, bones, and skin/coat remain healthy. It also helps improve their body’s ability to repair itself.
But, an overabundance of chicken could cause chronic inflammation in your dog. That could be harmful to them in the long run.
A healthy ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 should be around 5:1.
As the owner, you want to make sure that your dog eats a balanced and healthy meal.
Healthier ways to serve chicken to dogs
If the idea of raw food freaks you out, don’t worry. There are ways you can ensure that your dog eats a balanced, healthy diet including chicken:
- Boil it – Boiled chicken contains all of the protein and nutrients that a healthy dog needs. You can be sure that your dog will love it too!
- Check the source – Ensure that the chicken you feed your dog comes from a clean and organic farm.
- Find an alternative – Skip chicken altogether and instead switch to other sources of protein like turkey, duck, beef, fish, and pork. Fish is especially high in Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Transitioning your dog to a raw meat diet
If you are considering transitioning your dog to a raw meat diet, introduce the new food to your pet in small doses gradually. You can do this by slowly incorporating it into their current diet and consistently reducing the amount of the food you want to replace raw chicken with.
A few other ways you can introduce raw chicken to your dog is by giving it as a treat. This builds a positive association between reward and their new diet. You can also serve raw chicken along with healthy grains and vegetables as a substitute for processed dog food.
Make sure to give your dog a balanced and healthy meal
All in all, if you’re feeding a raw diet, regardless of the kind of meat, you’re already doing your dog a service by giving them organic food. They’re also probably enjoying the health benefits of their new diet! You can tweak their diet as you see fit to match your dog’s lifestyle.
Make sure that the changes you make to their diet are within reason and align with their health.
So can dogs eat raw chicken?
Yes, dogs can eat raw chicken! Their stomachs can tolerate raw meat because they are more acidic than ours, making their digestive tract more immune to bacteria. But whether you choose to feed your dog raw chicken or not is largely up to you.
Much like all food, the safest option is to feed your pets raw chicken in moderation.
It is always good to consult your veterinarian about drastic changes to your dog’s diet and ensure that their food is clean and safe for them.