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Can dogs eat Turkey?

asked 2015-12-03 13:22:34 -0600

I like to give my dogs special dinners on holidays. I have heard that they should not eat Turkey. Is this true?

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Yes, It is o.k. to feed your dogs Turkey.

Darlene A.'s profile image Darlene A.  ( 2016-01-29 14:11:46 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2015-12-07 16:40:04 -0600

I'd suggest white meat which is less fatty than dark, so if you're going to add a little bit that may be easier to digest. Another idea is to just cook up a plain unseasoned chicken breast, bones, skin& fat removed and maybe some plain sweet potato, and/or carrots/peas, and chill before prepared in a small diced holiday plate. Very easy for delicate stomachs.

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answered 2015-12-16 20:49:46 -0600

Yes. I give ground or slices of boneless turkey to my dogs, with NO seasoning, all the time. With the commercially cooked turkey, I would soak it in hot water for a few minutes to rinse off the seasoning before offering to my pups.

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answered 2015-12-07 00:08:27 -0600

While it is a nice thing to do to include a dog in the holiday dinner it can be bad for them. I buy them a special can of dog food they don't usually get and add a teaspoon to their regular food. Sudden dietary change can upset a dog's tummy and give them gas or runny poo. There are a lot of spices and things we add to our cooking that isn't good for dogs. On the extreme end of bad things that can happen a friend of mine lost her dog on Thanksgiving by giving her dog turkey. The dog wasn't used to it, got an upset tummy and regurgitated the turkey. The dog choked on it and died.

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answered 2015-12-07 00:31:57 -0600

There is nothing intrinsically harmful about turkey. Many commercial dog foods use turkey as a primary ingredient. I use ground turkey in the food I prepare for my dog. However, you may want to look into some of those special holiday meals in a can for your dog. Several of the better brands (Merrick, Blue Buffalo, Earthborn Holistic) do make a turkey dinner that would be cute to serve on holidays as a change of pace instead of using table scraps. As Brenda wrote, dogs could have problems with the seasonings and other ingredients in our Thanksgiving meal. If you are going to feed your dog table scraps, just give him small bits and check it over for bones, skin, etc.

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answered 2015-12-03 13:25:52 -0600

Yes you can give your dog some turkey and even a little gravy. Be sure to remove all pieces of bone.

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I will freeze some of the left over gravy and add it to my dogs dog food.

Susan S.'s profile image Susan S.  ( 2015-12-03 13:27:03 -0600 ) edit

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