Raw chicken is a controversial topic when it comes to pet owners and pet nutritionists. Some owners swear by the raw diet, called BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food), for their dogs and claim that it will help them live longer, healthier lives. Others warn against feeding your dog anything raw and say that you shouldn’t feed your dog chicken unless it’s been cooked to kill any harmful bacteria. So can dogs eat raw chicken? If so, under what circumstances? And what are the potential risks? Keep reading to learn more about whether or not you should feed your dog raw chicken.
Raw chicken can be safe to feed to your dog, and many pet owners choose to feed their pets a raw diet, called the BARF diet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people cook poultry until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. However, many pet owners choose to feed their pets a raw diet, called the BARF diet (Bones And Raw Food), which allows them to eat raw meat and food because they believe it’s healthier than cooked foods.
If you want to give your dog some delicious chicken wings or drumsticks as part of his regular diet but are worried about giving him something he shouldn’t eat, there are some things you should know before feeding him any human food from the table:
Some vets say yes; others say no.
Some veterinarians say that raw chicken is fine for dogs, while others warn against it. What’s the deal?
The answer lies in understanding why veterinarians disagree on this topic.
The first thing you need to know is that there are two main schools of thought when it comes to feeding dogs raw meat:
- Feeding dogs raw meat can cause illness and even death, so absolutely don’t do it. For example, Dr. Karen Becker says: “Raw chicken (and other meats) can contain bacteria that aren’t killed by cooking or freezing—including salmonella and campylobacter.” She also notes that “Salmonella infections in humans are often associated with handling or eating undercooked chicken,” which means there’s no reason they’d be safe for donkeys either!
- Feeding dogs raw meat is fine because their stomachs are designed to handle these foods without any problems whatsoever! In fact, Dr. Barbara Royal says “Dogs have been eating uncooked food since before we had agriculture.” Plus she adds: “There has never been a case of salmonellosis from feeding your dog a little bit of raw meat once in awhile.”
It’s not known if pasteurizing chicken will kill salmonella or other bacteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 1.2 million people are sickened by foodborne diseases every year in the United States, and about 128,000 of those illnesses are caused by contaminated chicken products. Chicken is a common source of salmonella, an infection that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Salmonella symptoms usually occur within 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food or water that contains the bacterium Salmonella enteritidis (SE).
Some brands of commercial dog food contain raw chicken.
Some brands of commercial dog food contain raw chicken. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service states that dogs can safely eat raw or undercooked chicken, provided it is completely cooked before serving. However, these guidelines do not apply to all commercial dog foods that contain raw chicken, as some manufacturers pasteurize the meat before adding it to their products.
Some companies use a process called hydrostatic pressure (HPP) to heat-process their meat ingredients for human consumption; this technology also heats up the tissues within each piece of flesh without affecting its texture, taste or nutrient content too much (if at all). This process generally occurs at 140°F for 10 minutes—but since cats and dogs are not humans who can taste a difference between regular chicken and HPP-treated pieces of poultry when they’re both thoroughly cooked via boiling or roasting over high heat (or baking), there’s no reason why you can’t give them what you’d normally feed Fido if he begs for another piece after dinner!
A note on antibiotic preservatives: Some manufacturers add antibiotics into their commercial foods because they believe these chemicals help prevent salmonella outbreaks in humans who’ve been infected by eating contaminated poultry products such as raw eggs or undercooked meats like steaks/chicken breasts—which means that some pet owners may want avoid feeding these medicated treats unless we get approval from our vet first.”
`With all of this in mind, it’s safe to say that raw chicken is a pretty risky food to feed your dog. The health benefits are minimal, and the risks are high. If you want to try feeding your dog raw chicken, always make sure to talk with a vet first and see if they recommend it.