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Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

Chicken has been a long-time food ingredient in dry food, wet food, or in a raw diet.

Chicken is actually very healthy for dogs as it contains healthy proteins, Omega 6 fat acids, essential amino acids, and glucosamine.

It builds lean muscle, sustains healthy skin, and a shiny coat.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?

If you want to feed your dog raw chicken from the grocery store, that’s definitely possible.

Our Rottweiler is on a raw diet and I’m always on the lookout for raw chicken drumsticks.

If you also want to feed organs, you should do it daily in small amounts or every other day, including chicken kidney, neck, heart, and liver.

A lot of people prefer to cook the chicken in order to avoid the risk of salmonella or bacterial infections.

It’s important to know that a dog’s digestive system is completely different than ours.

However, if you prefer to feed your dog cooked chicken, make sure not to use any seasoning or bones.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

It’s important to differentiate between:

  • Raw (yes)
  • Cooked (no)

If you are feeding your dog a raw diet, then you should buy your dog food from a specialized food company that tests the raw meat beforehand.

Raw bones should be fed in moderation (1-2 times a week, max of 15% of a dog’s diet) and should be big enough to not get swallowed in one piece.

Just like with any other food, start with a small amount and see if your dog is allergic to chicken.

If you cook your chicken, make sure to debone it before you feed it to your dog. The bones get softer in the cooking process and will splinter in your dog’s mouth.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Skin?

Chicken skin is extremely high in fat and should never be fed to a dog. It can cause digestive issues including diarrhea and pancreatitis.

If you want to feed your dog something crunchy, go for organic and sugar-free banana chips or buy some dried raw cow ears.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Thighs?

It is totally fine to serve your dog chicken thighs. Whether you cook it in the oven or a pan, make sure to add no oil or seasoning to it. Remove any bones and skin before feeding it to your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Breast Every Day?

Avoid chicken with high fat and go for lean chicken breast which is the healthiest. You can pair it with some veggies and fruit like apples, for a healthy balanced snack or diet.

Chicken breast is a very healthy snack once in a while but you shouldn’t base your dog’s diet solely on chicken.

If you are feeding a raw diet, then make sure that it includes different types of meat, organs, bones, vegetables, and fruit to prepare well-balanced meals.

Once in a while, you can place some small servings into your dog’s food or cut cooked chicken into small pieces and use it as treats.

Dehydrated, the chicken will become chewier which can also be used as treats. If you are cooking your dog homemade food, chicken is a great ingredient to put into the diet plan.

Can a Dog Get Sick from Eating Raw Chicken

Dogs do not get sick from eating raw meat. Their digestive systems are completely different to ours and they have many similarities to the wolf.

If your dog vomits from eating raw meat, it’s probably because he is not used to a raw diet.

If you are thinking about transitioning your dog to another diet, do it slowly. Start with some very small portions of the new food and sprinkle it over the dog’s current meal.

Then you can replace portions of the food with the new diet, starting with 10%. Vomiting or diarrhea should be a signal to you that you are transitioning too fast.

Also, keep an eye on your dog’s feces when feeding a raw diet.

My dog has been on a raw diet since she’s 6 months now and she is healthier than ever but dogs with a weak immune system or other health issues should be checked by the vet beforehand.

My Dog Will Only Eat Chicken

This has more to do with a picky eater than a health issue. A dog that refuses to eat his dog food and rather goes for yummy chicken is rarely sick. Breaking the eating habits of a picky eater is not easy and requires patience.

First, make sure that you are feeding your dog very high quality food. He might be choosing anything over his dog food because it just doesn’t taste good and doesn’t provide him with all the nutrients.

Refuse to give your dog the chicken for a few days. Eventually, he will get hungry and start eating his food in most cases.

You can also try another brand of food but make sure to transition properly. Avoid adding yummy extras to your dog’s regular meals.

Especially small breeds tend to become fussy eaters rather quickly and the well-meant gift could end in a dog refusing to eat.

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Disclaimer: This blog post does not substitute veterinary attention and does not intend to do so. I am not a veterinarian or pet nutritionist. If your dog shows any sign of illness, call your vet.

About Danielle

Equipped with 5+ years of expertise as a Rottweiler owner, I partner with licensed veterinarians and trainers to share research-backed and actionable advice for you and your furry friend.


Sunday 24th of September 2023

Our 1 1/2 year old female German Shepherd is definitely a picky eater. We started feeding her boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs that we boil. We were mixing the chicken with chicken broth with her royal canine German Shepherd dry food. She picks out the shredded chicken. Now we make a stew of potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery and a white rice with chicken. We add some dry food with it. She is eating it okay but not in love with it anymore. She seems to pick out the shredded chicken again. She does not really like any dog treats. Only an occasional dog milk bone She is a picky eater. Took her to the vet who is the one who suggested the stew. She weighs 68 pounds and is a good weight. Her bowels are good except when she gets too much of the chicken, it becomes muddy. We have feed her primal and that helps her movements. We have tried to feed her at the same time daily. She has gone between one and two days without eating. She does drink lots of water. We have a very picky eater! Any other suggestions would be helpful. Love your newsletter. Thank you. God bless you and your love of animals!!