Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?
YES and NO, dogs can eat raw chicken. That being said, we should be very cautious of how we feed this raw chicken to our dogs.
I think that can dogs eat raw chicken is a more controversial topic that I thought it would be so let me put in my two cents from the beginning. I am not a vet and I am not someone with outstanding knowledge on dogs and raw diets. I am someone who deeply cares about my pet and that’s what makes me curious about the questions I like asking and answering.
The Dangers of Feeding Your Dog Raw Chicken
Even though dogs can eat raw chicken, I personally would not feed my dog raw chicken because he is a small pug and despite what people say about dogs being wild animals, pugs were never bred to be in the wild (they were bred to rub Chinese emperors bellies and make French ladies happy!) and so I do not think it would be suitable for my little pug. I think if you have a bigger dog like a work dog or a hunter of sorts you might be able to feed them raw chicken. I also do not know where the chicken has been and that makes me uncomfortable to feed it raw. I am always scared of all the bacteria growth and diseases that I hear about that come from raw meat.
Despite many people believing that vets get commission off of the kibble they sell, whenever I have asked my vet about kibble, she has only told me about nutritional facts and not tried to persuade me to buy any special brand of kibble. In fact, I ended up buying kibble from a completely different store all together so no I do not believe that my vet is corrupt and is commissioned by kibble-making companies.
All that being said, in this article I would like to write about the point of view of both parties, because if you do your research you will find out that the answer to the question can dogs eat raw chicken is different depending on who you ask and their credentials (or the lack thereof). It seems like yes, dogs can eat raw chicken but with caution.
Our friends at Health Guidance state that there are more and more pet owners today turning to a raw diet for their dogs. Why is this? Generally it is because they would like to see their dog eat something that is more like what he would typically eat in the wild. It is also because more people are becoming aware of the poor nutritional value of many of the commercial dog food brands today (Note MANY not ALL). Unless you buy a high-end dog food that has no corn in it then you may want to look at the ingredients on your bag of kibble. More than likely one of the top ingredients will be corn, which is a known allergen to dogs. For this reason pet owners are enjoying the idea of feeding raw foods to their trusted fur friends.
Can dogs eat raw chicken bones?
Health Guidance points out that there are some misconceptions where chicken bones are concerned. First they are saying that cooked chicken bones are an absolute no-no for dogs as they will splinter and could cause injuries. However, raw chicken bones are soft and therefore quite safe for dogs.
That being said, The Huffington Post states chicken bones can and do kill dogs. All bones, whether raw or cooked, can potentially fracture teeth and block or tear the throat, stomach and intestines. Raw bones have additional risks that concern both veterinarians and public-health officials: forborne pathogens such as salmonella. Bacteria such as this are a risk not only to the animals eating the diets, but for other pets and people in the household, particularly for the very young, very old and immunosuppressed. The risk isn’t limited to raw meat, by the way, since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that all pet food and treats need careful handling.