Healthy Foods Checklist: Turkey for Dogs

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Published: April 28, 2017

When humans celebrate the holidays or have get-togethers, you’ll often find a roasted turkey in the center of the table. And while most veterinarians will tell you to avoid meal scraps from festive dinners, turkey is a key ingredient in many dog food diets.

Like chicken, turkey is a lean, white meat that helps dogs build muscle. It is also a highly digestible protein source for dogs. In addition, turkey-based pet foods may provide an alternative option for dogs with food sensitivities or food allergies to beef or chicken-based recipes.

In commercial pet food, you may see the term “turkey meal” on the ingredient list. This is a perfectly acceptable form of protein and provides your dog with plenty of benefits. Turkey meal is rendered and has higher protein content and less water than fresh turkey.

If you do want to feed your dog some fresh, cooked turkey, make sure the skin is removed and there are no additional spices or salt added to the meat. Speak with your veterinarian for serving suggestions based on your dog’s size. 

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