Feeding a Dog Chicken?

Is 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.

July 22, 20190 found this helpful

My mother feeds her dog human food all the time either qrilled hamburger patties from dairy Queen and 3 fried Chicken breast maybe one can of dog food once a month this can't be good I don't eat meat at all

December 29, 20111 found this helpful

I make a pot of chicken breast/thighs (no bones or skin) and rice & this is used to supplement my dogs, and cats, diets! They love it! I add garlic, too, & for the dog, I will add other things and make it a stew...


like green beans & sweet potatoes! He loves it. Cats are a bit finickier but will eat the chicken & rice (good fiber)!


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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

I was also going to say chicken meat is good for dogs but definitely not the cooked bones! No cooked bones of any animal for any animal is good because not only can the bones splinter but also they can lump up in powdery form in the animals stomach and cause a blockage.

Also, please never give your pets any form of garlic, onions or anything in the allium family (look up what plants are alliums because even flowers like lily's are in that family) because, depending on the weight, age and breed of the animal, eating those items over time can cause leukemia and have even caused serious illnesses or death in the short term.

December 30, 20110 found this helpful

Chicken is OK but not the bones. The bones fray to easy and can cause harm to the insides of your dog.


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January 1, 20120 found this helpful

Just seconding what everyone else has said & adding to what Deeli said; I have read that onions can cause anemia in cats, and neither onions nor garlic is good for dogs.

January 2, 20120 found this helpful

Ever since I can remember I fed people food to my dogs, I love dogs and have had alot of them over the years. Vet visits and health issues were none existent.


Back about 6 years ago I bought 2 Shi-tzu's I got lazy and decided to buy store bought dog food; yes what a drastic mistake I made, Both Shi-tzu's came down with numeral health issues within a year of eating that junk. My female was given a year to live without a very serious and risky operation which she may very well have never survived... While talking to the vet I said I'm done with store bought food going back to real food the same as I myself eat and what I fed every other dog I ever owned, Which I might add one lived to be 27 years old!

Upon mentioning putting my dogs back on REAL food my Vet became very adamant that if I did that she would not survive even a few months, I must say it bothered me. But rational told me to go with what I knew and my gut said was right, 3 years has pasted now. Both Shi-tzu's are the healthiest they have ever been, and vet visits are none existent again. The brown staining they use to get around their eyes and under the belly is gone.


Eyes are always clear and bright. They both run around here playing like young pups. No more runny poop.. just solid and firm. My brother had a male poodle yrs ago, He spared no expense on food bought only the best of the best, at 9 yrs old it would make a step then drop with a heart attack, The Vet told him there was nothing they could do, was only a matter of time. My brother was heart broken, my mother told him, stop all the store bought garbage, IT"S all garbage! Fed your poodle nothing but the same food you eat, When you cook just cook for another person.

He did and the poodle went on to live another 7 years or so. We all need to stop and think a min, All the dogfood you buy either from the store or the Vets, it's all processed. We all know the world of health problems associated with processed foods, The same holds true with our pets. They are real dogs that was made to eat real food! We kill ourselves and our pets with pretty words and delicious looking pictures they present to us on all the packaging. Its a feel good they know we will fall for.

January 2, 20120 found this helpful

I should state their is lots of foods that should not be feed to your dog. Fortunately I was never a garlic or onion person for a big part of my life, Chocolates, sweet and the likes never got along to well with me either. So when I cooked it was pretty much always dog friendly. I like simple foods, real foods, getting older now myself and have had a lot of people amazed that I have had no real health issues myself until just lately.


Which as it turned out all I needed was a good multivitamin and super enzyme., We have been destroying our land and thus the nutrients are not there as they should be.

We all would do good to add a good multivitamin/ mineral to our diets and our dogs.

January 4, 20120 found this helpful

I have also found that we have fewer health issues and no vet bills since feeding 'real' food (the past 9 years).

However I do feed the bones. I feel they would eat them if they hunted on their own so they probably require them. I got this from my grandfather who would boil up a chicken leg for his little feather duster of a dog every night for dinner. I asked him about the bones and he said that if they are boiled they do not splinter. This seems true enough for chicken but not turkey. So I don't give them turkey bones.


I also give mine a nice big hunk of raw meat on a bone (beef or pork). I have found that the cooked (baked or oven roasted) do seem to splinter but the raw or boiled do not.

I also buy fish on sale (whole fish) boil them up and drop them in a dish. Some fish, they eat the bones. Other fish they do not. It is interesting to me that they all seem to know which fish to 'pick the meat off' and which ones to gobble down completely. (They seem to gobble down the small fish but the large ones, they pick the meat and skin off the bones (bones and skin have important nutritional content IMO).

I adopted a severely medically challenged (heartworm, severely malnourished) GSD (typical healthy life expectancy 8 years). He ended up living 14 years when they though he was going to die at 6 years.

After initially taking care of the heartworm, etc., we never had another vet bill for him. Even his severe pannus cleared after going gluten/corn free. After this, I found a vet on line (Dogtor John) who put another (much younger) GSD on a human (corn/gluten free) diet (of course no lily/allium either) and that dog cleared pannus too. Interesting correlation since it is deemed to be incurable.

There is all kinds of corn and gluten in store bought dog food (even the high end stuff). And they don't always label it, it seems. Interesting. So if my budget is more strapped and I need filler, I mix some meat with rice but never corn or wheat.

All of my animals seem to thrive better on 'real' food (big and small dogs, cats, sugar gliders, chickens, ducks, etc.)

That said, they all do seem to crave some greens. In the summer we live on land that is big enough for them to get their own. In the winter, I supplement with a teaspoon of kelp powder a few times a week. They all really like it because it is a little bit 'fishy'. lol

It's definitely worth researching 'real' diets for your animals.

January 4, 20120 found this helpful

I have read that broccoli is toxic for dogs so I don't give them broccoli.


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January 5, 20120 found this helpful

When making food for your dog a LITTLE garlic for flavoring is OK. I make a meatloaf that I got from the vet's office in which a small amount of garlic is used. Of course, no onions. This is the first I've heard about broccoli. My dog eats more people food than he does kibble but I'm real careful about what and how much I feed him. No bones of any kind. I showed the vet a list of the foods I feed my dog and got his OK. I was feeding him boiled chicken livers with rice and the vet said don't feed him very much chicken liver. There does seem to be a lot of difference of opinions about garlic but small amounts for flavoring seems to be OK. I'd never give mine fresh garlic.

January 9, 20120 found this helpful

Ignore what others say. I personally feed my new pup an all raw diet that includes all parts of raw chicken cow and any other animal parts I can get a hold of. Far as cooked meats, it's pointless and he won't be able to get much protein from it. Dry dog food is bad for dogs in my opinion because they cook it so much at such a high temperature that it is bad for the dog because his body works so much to get such little protein from the food.

So if you want the truth just read up on raw dog food diets. Or if your dogs spoiled rotten like my oldest dog, you can buy him/her Blue Wilderness dog food, or B.A.R.F dog food, just look them all up :) depends on the owner.

July 5, 20170 found this helpful

if you give a Shit tzu chicken will the dog be ok


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