Yes, but not every kind. There are many types of meats that are healthy for your dog including turkey, chicken, beef, and lamb. Meat contains important minerals for your dog such as zinc, sulfur, selenium, and iron. It also provides your dog with the protein necessary to sustain their energy as well as essential fatty acids that give your dog a healthy coat and skin.
Unseasoned cooked pork is an option for your dog; however, pork is a high-fat meat that isn’t ideal for your dog on a regular basis. Sausage, bacon, and other processed pork is high in salt and fat, and it may contain seasonings that are unsafe such as onion or garlic powder. Undercooked pork puts your dog at risk for a parasite infection, and other raw meats can be contaminated with salmonella or E. coli.
Choose a lean and boneless cut of beef, lamb, turkey, and chicken to feed your dog:
- As a meal topping. If you’re not using ground meat, cut bite-sized pieces for your dog to chew easily.
- As a treat. Try meatballs rolled with chopped parsley. Avoid feeding your dog any meat seasoned with onion or garlic powder as they are toxic to your dog.
- As an ingredient in canned or dry dog foods.
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