Healthy Foods Checklist: Chicken for Dogs

PetMD Editorial
By PetMD Editorial
Published: May 16, 2017

Chicken is considered a lean meat and it provides many benefits to our canine companions. Dogs need protein as a main energy source, and chicken provides that boost without a big calorie count.

Poultry builds lean muscle mass in dogs and delivers Omega 6 fatty acids that help sustain healthy skin and shiny coats. It’s also a great source of essential amino acids and glucosamine, which helps promote bone health.

You can feed a small portion of boiled, skinless chicken with your dog’s regular food once or twice a week as a tasty dinner treat. Or you can use a bit of cooked chicken as a high-value reward during training.

In addition, many pet food labels contain chicken or chicken meal as a main source of protein. Chicken meal is rendered from clean, ground chicken, and is a valuable source of nutrition for pups. The rendering process cuts back the moisture level and bumps up the protein content.

Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian before feeding raw chicken to dogs, since uncooked chicken can pose a salmonella risk to pets. 

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