Feeding a Dog Chicken?

December 29, 2011

Feeding a Dog ChickenIs it OK to feed my Labrador cooked chicken breast once a week for added protein?

By Sharon from Nashville, TN



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December 29, 20111 found this helpful
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Chicken meat is fine for dogs. But be sure and completely de-bone it first, and take as much of the skin off as possible. Chicken bones splinter really easily (as do other bones) and should not be given to the dog, or cat for that matter.

If you're giving it to him simply for extra protein, there's no need as long as he is on a good quality food. I give it to mine periodically as a special treat.

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December 2, 2019

How much chicken thighs deboned with the skin should I give my dog? He's an 18 pound 14-year-old Puggle and all he wants to do is eat chicken or meatballs.


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December 2, 20190 found this helpful
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Please be very careful feeding dogs chicken or meatballs.

In some dogs either (dark meat chicken or beef/pork meatballs) can causes pancreatitis.


Also, some dogs are allergic to chicken (we have one that was tested for that) and he isn't allergic, but he is sensitive to it (causes fur loss).

Talk to your vet to get his/her opinion if it is safe for your pup and if so, how much per serving and what additives need to be included to keep a healthy balance.

14 is getting to be a senior pup and they have totally different needs than young pups.

Post back with an update! Blessings to you and your pupster!


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December 4, 20190 found this helpful
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Commercially raised chicken has a lot of fat. Especially the skin. I think it would be too much for an older dog. You could work with your Vet to find a homemade recipe that would work for your dog. It might be easier to start with a good commercial food and add a few pieces of chicken so he thinks he is getting something special.


Or you may be able to find a canned food that he likes as well as chicken and meatballs. Older dogs may have sensitive teeth and do better with softer foods. Go ahead and experiment with ideas but keep in mind that an older dog really needs a balanced diet.

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January 30, 2013

Two Poms with their toy.We have been feeding our two Pomeranians baked chicken for four years. Only white meat, checked for fat or bones is fed. Our vet says "people food" is not good for dogs.

It is interesting that the vet clinic has pronounced our two little boys as: "healthy dogs" in the written report.

What do other dog owners think about the safety of this food?


By David B.


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January 31, 20132 found this helpful

Bravo for you! Don't believe your vet he probably sells dog food too. If you search the web asking if a certain brand has problems like seizures, etc. you will be shocked at what you find. Also search "4D" meat - try not to throw up. Check out "why people food is good for your dog" with your search engine. The dogs will thrive on your chicken - you might want to add vitamins & veggies to their food as well. Check out how other people are doing it. I'm a former dog breeder I think I know what I'm talking about.


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January 31, 20130 found this helpful

Some vets and animal experts are trying to sell their (usually very pricey) special blend of dog food, but usually a vet recommends against people food for furbabies because of all of the seasonings and spices used for people food. A lot of those add-ins can KILL your dog.


Dogs especially shouldn't be eating heavily spiced or salted foods and there are people foods like garlic and onion that are strictly off a dog menu owing to allergy and poisoning potential.

So most vets have a blanket rule with their practices that your furbabies should never have people foods because a blanket rule doesn't take up as much office time as having to explain 10-20 times a day (per pet) why. The vet just says 'I don't want Fluffykins and Fido getting even so much as a table scrap' and then either pushes their special blend or tells you to feed XYZ brand available at the grocery (ick, see the previous post). End of and the vet quickly moves on to the next topic or patient.

However - chicken cooked especially for dogs (no salt, no seasonings, no onions, etc) is perfectly healthy and a good vet will admit that-read those labels to see that most dog foods use 'chicken by-products' and some even boast 'all white chicken meat'.


There is a trend now with many vets (since the horrific contaminated feed from China scandal in 2007) to actually encourage pet owners to make their own feeds at home using approved recipes, and chicken features heavily as part of the ingredients list.

Since your vet has pronounced your babies as healthy and fit, he needs to reassess his rule at least in your case.

February 1, 20130 found this helpful

Dogs evolved with man for thousands of years by eating what man ate. Dogs live longer and are healthier, I have found, that eat people food. They put so much stuff in the processed animal foods that its like us eating junk food constantly. I have never been able to get an animal to eat the high ticket stuff the vet promotes. Now, they are marketing homemade dog/cat food in little refridgerators at the store. Way more expensive than just doing what you are doing.

February 1, 20132 found this helpful

My dog has issues with his pancreas, so processed dog food just doesn't to it for him. I have been going to a holistic vet, who I feel saved my dog's life. They would like me to put him on a raw diet, which I am seriously considering. In the mean time they told me to prepare his food. I usually fix a chicken stew in the crockpot. I use boneless/skinless breasts along with vegetables. The veggies I use are sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, mushrooms, carrots, green beans. I mix up the vegetables so he gets a different taste each time I prepare the stew. I have also made meat loaf with ground chicken, turkey, buffalo, and I am hoping to get some rabbit from a friend. I process the sames vegetables in the food processor and then use them as the filler in the meat loaf. Needless to say, my little guy is doing well. The vet does have me add vitamin supplements to his food.


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February 1, 20131 found this helpful

Some good advice here. I do raw feed my cat and cooked for my allergic dog. He lived to be 17 on home cooked food. I think the chicken is a good start. But you will need to vary the diet to see that they get necessary vitamins and minerals. I fed my dog canned salmon with brown rice. The salmon supplied the calcium he needed from the soft cooked bones. So you do need to know what nutriients your dogs need and then construct a recipe that supplies then. But that information is available with an internet search. A one food diet will not be adequate. By the way....dark meat chicken is more nutricious than white meat. So by all means home cook for your dogs; but take the time to study nutrition and choose your recipe accordingly.


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February 1, 20132 found this helpful

Here is a link to a vet site with a good dog food recipe. This Vet goes into the basic nutrition you need to know. One last thought..dont throw away the chicken skin. Dogs and cats need a good amount of fat in their diets.


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February 1, 20130 found this helpful

God - I'm so confused. Of late I've read not to feed dogs canned food, not to feed dogs raw meat, not to feed dogs cooked meat, not to feed dogs dog biscuits, and not to feed dog chews.
I've never been so confused about what to do. I've had dogs for 10 years & am now so paranoid that I'm left wondering what to feed my dogs to insure they have a safe & happy life.

February 1, 20131 found this helpful

Congratulations "heather dianne" you said it all. And if we all listened to these well intended advice/options from non professional people we could become so confused that a "psychiatrist' would need to sort the problem out for us. Dogs are pack animals that have roamed the world for centurys finding live animals to survive on. Humans domesticated them fed food foreign to their nature and the rest was "history" just use common sense and use what-ever best suits your own animal.

November 22, 20170 found this helpful

I have a Chiwaha, sorry dont know how to spell the name of my dog, she has been having alot of gurguling and i had a exray done and they said she has gas in her intestines and had altrasound and said she has pacreatitis. She has been going through this for years. I need help and doctors are not helping. She doesnt like dog food and she like eating human food but everytime we give her human food she is up all night because her stomach is hurting bad. have to walk and rock her to get her to go to sleep. any suggestions?

November 25, 20170 found this helpful

My mother in law fed her dogs cooked meat only and both lives very happy healthy lives to 16-18 years old.

January 11, 20180 found this helpful

And it's not. There are thousands of kinds of kibble out there. I get one with real chicken and rice as the main ingredients. It's very easy to give your dog too much chicken, which is very bad for their kidneys. That's why the extruded food is so good, because it's the same balance every time. If your dog isn't thriving or doesn't like your kibble, just try out different kinds.

October 7, 20180 found this helpful

Hello, I am new to this. My Westie has been having allergy issues for sometime I had her on Sweet Potato and Venison and Meds and medicated shampoo and many trips to the vet I am seeking out for other options and came across this website. I baked some chicken breast with oil and no seasoning and she loves it. Seems happier. Took her off the Apequol also. She gets dermititis bad and hot spots. I am wondering if a raw diet will help. So I am wondering if she weighs 12 lbs and is in active how much do I feed her. on her food I was giving 1/3 c 2x a day. She holds her weight.

October 17, 20180 found this helpful

What kind of vitamin supplement

August 3, 20190 found this helpful

FYI. My sister's male chihuahua was bleeding from the anus each time he defecated. The vet said he had too much fat in his stool so we stopped feeding him chicken thighs and started feeding him just chicken breast and the bleeding stopped. Chicken thighs are very fatty

August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Ive been raising our pup on what I learned from my grand father, all this modern pup raising is a lot of crap, my dog is a staffy and ever since he was 4 months old he has been given our left over breakfast/dinner to the point where the vet asked me what do you feed your dog as he is so healthy and the coat so shinny, I replied dog biscuits, the vet looked at me but I don't think he believed me.

November 4, 20200 found this helpful

For many years and years about fifty there were only two dog food brands available . it was dry kibble every dog on the face of the earth ate it and lived long happy healthy lives. Dog chow is fine for any dog to eat for their whole life. The proof is in every bark you hear. They did not go extinct when they lived on gravy train for 50 years wake up they are ddooogggss!!!!! Not terminally ill children!!!!

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March 29, 2012

I have my 6 year old Shih Tzu on a prescription diet made by Hills, that I get at the vet. She is a little over weight. She weighted about 16 lbs. She is now on diet food I get from the vet, and I give her a little chicken breast once in awhile. Is it okay for a Shih Tzu to have a small amount of chicken breast?

By Don from Shelby, NC


November 13, 20170 found this helpful

Yes. But the chicken should be boiled with no bones or seasonings. My dogs love it when I add a little bit of chicken.


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November 13, 20170 found this helpful

I used to feed our dog boiled meat and rice. No seasonings either.

December 14, 20171 found this helpful

Hills food is not good....make your own food

April 3, 20180 found this helpful

I give my dog cooked chicken breast every day, never had any problems, he gets 3tbs of can dog food in morning, 1/2 tbs of chicken twice a day. Is this too fatting for him?

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