Maybe. Chicken is a great source of protein for dogs, and it’s exactly the sort of food your dog would be eating in the wild. Some vets warn against raw chicken because of the risk of salmonella or other bacterial contamination. For that reason, cooked chicken is safer. But a dog’s stomach acid is much more acidic than a human’s, providing greater protection against bacteria. In other words, you’re taking a risk, and if you do feed your dog raw chicken, keep an eye on the purchase date and be sure to serve it fresh. As an added precaution, it’s best to rinse the chicken before serving.
Be sure to introduce chicken into your dog’s diet gradually. Dogs will enjoy raw chicken:
- Along with a smaller serving of your dog’s usual food
- On its own as a treat
- Mixed with a healthy grain (such as brown rice) and a vegetable (such as green beans) for homemade dog food
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.