Which part of chicken is best for dogs & puppies ?

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Which part of chicken is best for dogs ?

which part of chicken is the best for dogs

All parts of chicken are good for dogs, but if you feed your dog raw chicken Meat , the best part is the chicken wing or thigh, and if the chicken is cooked, choose pieces that don’t contain bones, like the chicken breast.

It is also known that there is nothing better than chicken rice for a recovering dog.

Why is chicken meat good for dogs?

Chicken is found in many brands of dog food, and it’s one of the favorite dog’s foods. This is not by chance, because chicken is good for them, a meat that provides energy, it is rich in fatty acids , amino acids and Omega 3 and 6 , eating chicken allows our pooches to frolic all day without getting tired while having a healthy and shiny coat.

You will find more about this subject at the bottom of this page .

Can dogs eat dark chicken meat ?

the fibula bone you need to remove before feeding your dog dark chicken meat
A chicken leg quarter with the meat removed, showing the femur, knee, tibia, and fibula

Yes of course dogs can eat dark chicken meat, it is the two legs of the chicken, the drumsticks. This dark meat is not really black, it just turns a little brown when cooked because it contains high amount of myoglobin, which helps to supply the leg muscles of the chicken with a lot of oxygen because it uses them all day to carry the weight of its body.

Dark poultry meat is generally stronger tasting and less fatty than other cuts, you just need to remove the Bones if you have boiled it before giving it to your dog.

You can give the raw thigh to your dog but check that it is healthy and free of Salmonella but most importantly, you will find a small pointed Bone, attached to the shin, it is called “Fibula Bone”, remove this Bone which looks like a needle before giving the chicken thigh to your dog.

Can Dark meat chicken lead to pancreatitis in Dogs ?

First of all, Severe trauma, Obesity, diabetes or surgery can trigger this disease, but pancreatitis in dogs is mainly caused by the excess of fat consumption (a high fat diet)!

Ok Google ! what do we mean by ” Dark meat Chicken ” ?

Dark meat chicken is only found in thigh and drumstick of the chicken (poultry), which contain 50% dark meat fibers and 50% white fibers.

Is dark meat chicken high in bad fat ?

Chicken can not have bad fat in its legs !! it’s using them all the day to support all her body !!!

No ! even if skinless dark meat chicken contains two times more fat than white meat, this fat is not saturated fat ! on the contrary, it is good fat for your dog !

Dark meat chicken contains twice as much healthy unsaturated fat as white meat chicken! , more zinc, iron, and vitamin C but a little bit less protein than white meat.

So, will dark meat chicken trigger pancreatitis in my dog ? absolutely not ! especially if you feed your dog skinless chicken thighs.

To summarize, I recommend that you remove at least half of the skin from the chicken thigh before feeding it to your dog and if your dog is overweight, remove all the skin from the thigh.

Why do some veterinarians advise against dark meat chicken for dogs?

Veterinarians advise against dark meat chicken and say it is too high in fat because they have included the skin of the thigh and drumstick of the chicken in their calculation! Otherwise, this part of the chicken is excellent for dogs if you remove the skin!

You should also know that the skin of the chicken’s thighs is thicker than that of the other parts of its body because its thighs do not contain feathers and that is why the chicken stores more fat in the skin of its thighs to support the cold, but in the thigh muscle, there is no bad fat! instead, it is only good unsaturated fat and good for your dog.

Can the iron in dark meat chicken poison my dog?

The standard not to exceed when feeding your dog is 20 to 60 milligrams of iron per kilogram of body weight.

How much iron is there in a chicken leg?

There is 1.1 mg of iron in a chicken leg! This means that dark meat chicken cannot poison your dog or give him an iron overdose!

To conclude, dark meat chicken is good and healthy for your dog, just make sure to remove the skin before giving this meat to your dog because the only bad fat in this dark meat is the skin.

How is raw or cooked chicken good for dogs nutrition ?

The first argument is that the chicken breast is low in calories, but full of vitamins B, phosphorus, zinc and antioxidants so it is ideal for overweight dogs and those who are on a diet, as a protein intake.

Chicken skin is however very caloric for the rate of lipids it contains, so give it to your dog rarely and in small quantities, during the day when he went to the park or after a fetch or training session.

Chicken meat is also more tender than red meat, ideal for puppies and seniors and even for dogs in recovery.

Raw chicken meat that contains bones, such as wings, neck and thighs, will be rich in calcium and other minerals as well as marrow.

High in protein and essential amino acids and low in saturated fat, this makes this chicken meat ideal for use as a treat for your dog’s training, cut it into small cubic centimeters (1/2 inche square).

This meat, especially the chicken breast, contains more unsaturated fatty acids than saturated fatty acids, so it is beneficial to prevent your dog from possible cardiovascular problems.

Can we give all the parts of chicken to a dog?

Yes, when it is raw, all parts of the chicken are good for the dog, but if you cook it, you must take care to bone the chicken before giving only the meat to your dog.

You can give raw chicken bones to your dog but I advise you to read, before this article on the subject

Can we give dogs chicken feet ?

are chicken feet good for dogs ?

Yes, chicken feet are excellent for puppies and small dogs as long as you don’t cook them, but if the chicken feet are raw, your dog will love them.

You can use them as a reward treat for your dog. 

Chicken feet are also given to dogs on a raw, low-calorie diet to help them lose weight.

Can I give chicken liver or heart for my dog?

chicken giblets for dog

Rich in proteins, in vitamins A and B, in zinc and phosphorus, chicken liver and heart are excellent as a food supplement for the dog, they should only constitute less than 5% of the dog’s daily diet, also make sure that these giblets come from free-range chickens fed with grains and not with growth hormones ! 

You can serve them raw or cooked, your dog will love the heart and liver of the chicken, you can even use them as high quality treats to reward your dog during training for example.

how I would prepare treats for my dog with chicken offal

make treats with chicken offal

I’m used to buying good quality chicken offal, free-range chickens raised without GMOs and growth hormones (this is very important).

To prepare these giblets (chicken liver and heart) as Treats, I cook them at low temperature in the oven and then I freeze them after cutting them into small pieces and put them in a box.

Chicken necks for my dog ?

chicken necks for dogs

The chicken neck is composed of 40% bones and 60% meat, I usually give them to my dog raw and frozen, but they are not a complete meal for dogs, they should constitute only 30% of your dog’s plate.

Never give the neck of cooked chicken to your dog, because of the bones that can cause him an intestinal obstruction, but when they are raw, chicken cuts are excellent for small and medium size dogs.

I just advise you as a precaution to hold the chicken neck in one of its cups and give the other end to your dog if you are afraid that he swallows the whole piece, same for the chicken wings, it’s a solution also if your dog is a Gobbler.

Chicken pieces that are not recommended for dogs

First of all, be aware that chicken that you will not eat yourself would not be good for your dog either, so choose human grade chicken.

I would say that the head of the chicken presents a risk for the dog, the beak of the chicken and the bones of the head can injure the dog although the brains of the chicken could be a good treat for your pooch.

The tail ( the butt ) of the chicken and its skin are saturated with fat and can cause pancreatitis to your dog especially if he eats it regularly.

The dog may swallow one or two feathers by accident, but if he eats too much, he risks an intestinal occlusion, so it is necessary to pluck the chicken or the piece before giving it to your dog.

What is the best piece of chicken for a puppy?

the best chicken part for puppies and smaller dogs

You can start feeding raw chicken to your puppy as early as 7 or 8 weeks of age as long as you grind it a little with a special meat or kitchen hammer and remove any bone debris you find a little too sharp.

Chicken neck and wings are better in this case, you can also use the thigh, and don’t forget to supervise your puppy so that he doesn’t swallow the whole piece at once.

Can Puppies eat Chicken and from what age ?

Yes, puppies should be able to eat chicken (raw or cooked but boneless) from the age of 8 at 12 weeks, because at this age they have developed their permanent teeth and they can eat meat and even some tender bones such as those of the chicken neck or even wings and thigh when the chicken is small.

You can even give a 4 week old puppy one or two small pieces of cooked chicken, just as a treat, a puppy needs protein but already has enough in his kibbles.

Can Puppies eat chicken Bones ?

As I said before, from 12 weeks ( 3 months ) onwards, puppies have teeth that can already crush small Bones, as long as the Bones are a little soft, raw and have a little meat stuck to them.

Can Puppies eat chicken necks?

Your puppy can have chicken necks but just as a treat, once every two or three days, you should give him fresh or freeze-dried chicken necks, avoid dehydrated ones by using heat, as the neck bones may become sharp and dangerous for your puppy and their digestion difficult.

Chicken necks contain bones that are digestible when raw, your puppy needs the calcium they contain, but don’t overfeed them because his kibbles already contain the amount of calcium he needs.

Chicken necks will improve your puppy’s joints and dental health .

Puppies can also have , chicken thighs, wings and feet.

Can Puppies eat Raw Chicken Breast?

Puppies can have raw chicken breast, just as a treat or as a food topper and as a complement to their usual meal, you will just have to calculate the protein and fat that the meat contains to remove some from his usual food to avoid that he becomes obese quickly !

However, if you want to put your puppy on a raw chicken diet, you can wait until he is at least 3 months old, and you must absolutely make sure that the meat comes from a source that contains as little bacteria as possible, because your puppy’s immune system is not yet well established.

Cut the meat into small pieces and choose a chicken that is not too fatty.

Can Puppies eat Chicken Liver ?

Yes, chicken liver is high in protein, fat and vitamin A, which makes it an excellent food for growing puppies.

You can give your puppy up to 5% of his daily ration in chicken liver.

Otherwise, you can give him from 25 gr (6 months old puppy) to 50 gr (one year old puppy) every 2 to 3 days. 

Make sure that his kibbles don’t contain chicken liver as an ingredient otherwise you risk making your puppy obese or overdosing on vitamin A.

You can also bake chicken liver in the oven at a low temperature, let it cool and store it in the refrigerator, and use it as a training treat for your puppy.

Raw chicken liver should be avoided for puppies because of the risk of salmonella and other germs. 

Chicken liver may also contain residue from medications given to chickens, so be sure to check the source of the offal before giving it to your puppy or adult dog.

The chicken bone that I never give to my dog even if it is raw

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This chicken bone that I hold in my hand (look at the picture), I took it out of the chicken’s thigh.

If you bone the chicken thigh, you will find the big bone, and there is this little bone pointed like a needle !

I Think that this bone is dangerous for dogs even when raw, I invite you to do like me and remove it from the raw chicken leg before giving it to your adorable Pooch.

How much chicken meat should I give my dog daily?

Regarding the amount of meat and protein needed for your dog for his well being , I completely trust Founders Veterinary Clinic , who advised on average ⅓ Cup of animal protein for 20lbs of your dog’s weight ( between 40 & 50 Gr ) , which means 1 full cup ( 128 Gr ) of protein for a 60lbs dog .

But a dog doesn’t only eat meat, he will need a balanced diet, composed of vitamins, nutrients, carbohydrates, and fiber.

In case your dog has stomach problems or suffers from severe diarrhea, you can give him a daily meal consisting of ⅓ cup chicken meat ( 50 gr) cooked in water with 100 gr rice.

Maintain this diet until he gets better.

Can dogs have chicken breast ?

Absolutely, dogs can eat chicken breast, respecting the quantity (43 gr for 20lbs of your dog’s weight) . You can give up to 50 gr/20lbs because chicken breast has 80% protein and 20% fat

It is best to boil this meat before feeding it to your dog, otherwise, buy human grade chicken, turkey or duck breast to make sure that this poultry meat is not infected with Salmonella or any other harmful germ.

You can also use chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch cubes, frozen and used as treats for your dog.

Don’t forget to remove the skin from the chicken, which is too fatty, especially if your dog is overweight or has arthritis.

How to feed chicken breast to your dog?

how to cook poultry breast for dogs

If your dog is used to eating raw, you only need to make sure that the chicken breast is healthy, no Salmonella etc. and give your dog his daily ration.

You can even freeze it.

Otherwise, you will put it in a small pan, cover it with water and cook it for at least 15 to 20 minutes, without salt and without spices.

Let it cool down, cut it into small pieces and give it to your dog or mix it with his kibble , especially if he refuses to eat dry food.

Give chicken feathers as dog food?

No, surely not! don’t give your dog chicken feathers . A dog can safely swallow chicken feathers and they will usually come out intact in his stool.

But, you should know that there are dogs with various allergies who eat food made from chicken feather powder, “Royal Canin” has created a recipe, served only by veterinarians for dogs allergic to other brands and other common foods.

Chicken feathers are rich in protein but not digestible unless processed, but when natural, chicken feathers should only be used as fertilizer.

If you want my opinion, stay away from this kind of products, made with industrial waste ; especially chicken feathers.

Can Dogs Have Chicken Backs ?

Yes dogs can eat chicken backs and this part of the chicken is made up of approximately 20% meat which will provide protein and a little fat and 80% bone, tender and easy to chew which will provide Calcium.

This part of the chicken is a source of glucosamine, iron, niacin, essential fatty acids, Vitamin A, and B.

Chicken backs are the recommended part of the chicken when you want to introduce your dog to the raw diet, or just half raw.

This is what is left of the chicken after removing the thighs, wings, and breast, so don’t cook it, otherwise you will have to give the dog only the meat that you will remove from the bones!

So give this raw carcass to your dog

Can Dogs Have Chicken Broth ?

Yes, you can give chicken broth to your dog. 30ml of broth per 4.5kg of your dog’s weight is recommended.

It is recommended for dogs in convalescence and who have no appetite, chicken broth has a good taste and a good smell that will give the sick dog an irresistible desire to eat, you can even pour it on his kibble.

Serve it only once a day when you introduce it to your dog and then you can give it twice a day after your dog gets used to the chicken broth diet.

Chicken bone broth contain collagen, which is good for joint health, like dogs that suffer from arthritis, and glycine that will restore your dog’s intestinal lining, an amino acid that helps detox your dog’s liver and kidney.

Is Chicken Good for Dogs ?

Chicken is good for dogs and that’s why pet nutritionists always advise to start feeding your puppy or dog chicken-based food or raw chicken when you are trying to figure out which protein is safe for your dog and which one won’t cause allergies.

Why is chicken good for dogs ?

There are many reasons why chicken and poultry meat in general (turkey meat as well) are excellent for feeding your dog and as a source of animal protein to add to your recipes for your dog, here are the most obvious reasons:

1- Chicken meat is the only protein recommended for a sick dog:

Given its nutritional quality, its taste that dogs love and its easy digestion, chicken meat is very recommended for dogs in recovery or suffering from stomach upset.

Just boil it without seasoning or salt, add a little rice and vegetables if your dog loves them to make a recipe that will quickly cure your dog’s stomach problems.

Same thing with chicken bone broth with white rice (never give cooked chicken bones to your dog).

2- Chicken meat is an excellent source of lean protein for dogs:

Chicken is a great choice for your dog because it is a good source of lean protein, you can give him chicken meat recipes, or just give him cooked or raw chicken (human grade) as a supplement if you feed him kibbles.

3- Chicken meat is a good ( Topper ) appetizer for picky dogs:

If your dog refuses to eat his kibbles, just boil a diced chicken breast and add it with some of the cooking water on his kibbles and your dog will quickly swallow it all.

4- Chicken meat is good for obese dogs:

Since it is low in calories, chicken meat is excellent for dogs that are on a diet. You just need to remove the skin and the excess fat and the best piece is the chicken or turkey breast.

5- Chicken is an excellent training treat for dogs:

Chicken is an excellent treat if you want to start training your puppy or dog, cut the chicken breast into small cubes, boil or bake them at low temperature and you have your treats to train your dog with.

You can do the same thing with the chicken giblets (heart and liver), for those, it is better to cook them in the oven.

When is chicken meat not recommended for a dog?

It is rare but some dogs can be allergic to chicken and poultry meat in general!

When you give your dog chicken, watch him and if you detect these symptoms, he is probably allergic to poultry meat:

  • Severe itching and scratching around the head ( face )
  • The appearance of Bald patches (hair loss)
  • Obsessive biting (of its paws) and licking
  • Scratching and even bleeding due to scratching.
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Chronic gas.

is chicken good for dogs with kidney disease ?

I am not a veterinarian but I have read in many occasions that boiled chicken meat mixed with white rice is good for dogs with kidney problems, just make sure to remove the skin and bones and do not use salt or other seasonings in this recipe.

Remove the skin from the chicken because it contains more phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

Is chicken good for dogs with liver disease?

If your dog has a liver problem, you can give him skinless cooked chicken with mashed potatoes or rice, but also eggs, small fish like sardines and salmon. Just avoid giving him red meat often and just as treat.

Conclusion

Chicken meat is good for the dog, just be careful with the bones if the chicken is cooked, ask your vet before starting a raw chicken diet, because your dog may be allergic to chicken.

Chicken offal is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals for your dog, but you should only give it every other day to avoid an overdose of vitamin A which could cause health problems for your dog.

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