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Can Dogs Eat Fried Chicken? Is Fried Chicken Safe for Dogs?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Fried chicken is a very popular meal for humans. It is crunchy, flavorful, and it is filled with equally great-tasting chicken. Whether you get takeaway fried chicken or you make it at home, the frying process alone means that this type of food is not safe for your dog, while the seasonings and spices that are added to the breadcrumb coating mean that the exterior of the chicken could be toxic and may cause untold damage.

Take action quickly if your dog has stolen fried chicken from the bucket, and look for healthier alternatives to feed your dog, such as boiled chicken. It may not sound as interesting, but your dog does not need extra ingredients like garlic and onion to enjoy nutritious food like chicken meat.Divider 8

Is Fried Chicken Safe For Dogs?

Dogs should not eat fried chicken. While the chicken is obviously not toxic and is indeed a healthy food for your dog, the frying process and the extra ingredients found in the coating can be very dangerous and unhealthy for your dog.

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The Danger Of Fried Food

Fried chicken has a coating applied and is then deep-fat fried in a large volume of oil. The resulting food is coated with and dripping with fat. This amount of fat is likely to cause your dog to vomit or to suffer diarrhea, but even if he doesn’t, it will lead to your dog putting on weight and potentially becoming obese. These foods can also increase the risk of heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.

Cooked chicken also contains brittle chicken bones. The cooking process causes the bones to become brittle and this means that they shatter and break easily. Slivers of bone fragments can become lodged in your dog’s throat and may pierce sections of their mouth. This alone should be enough reason to keep your dog away from fried chicken.

Finally, fried chicken has the added danger of toxic ingredients that are often included in the crunchy coating. It is common for the coating to incorporate breadcrumbs and combine these with ingredients like garlic and onion, both of which are toxic to dogs and can cause serious damage even after a small amount.

It is also possible that your dog is allergic to chicken protein, or suffers some form of gastrointestinal sensitivity to chicken. This is not considered as dangerous as toxicity, but it can lead to skin and fur conditions, swelling, and itching. It is rare, however, and alternatives to chicken can be fed in these instances.Divider 4

What About Homemade Fried Chicken?

Making homemade fried chicken does, at least, enable you to control the ingredients that go into the crunchy coating. You can leave out the salt, onion, garlic, and other toxic ingredients. You can even shallow fry the meat using a healthier alternative to vegetable oil or other cooking fat. But, any amount of frying means that the food will contain fat and oil, and these are not good for your dog.

If you are making this food specifically for canine consumption, there are far healthier ways to prepare the chicken for your dog’s consumption.

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What About Other Methods Of Cooking Chicken?

Chicken is a great source of protein for dogs. It is a source of lean protein, which means that your dog will not be taking too many calories on board but he will be getting the protein that he needs to stay fit and healthy. Protein can be substituted for your dog’s food, and feeding boiled chicken is especially common if your dog is suffering from gastrointestinal complaints such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Boiled chicken is the best alternative. It is plain, but your dog will still love the smell and the flavor of the chicken. It can be easily cut into strips, added to food, or just fed with some boiled rice for a plain meal that is especially useful if your dog is ill.

Chicken is also found in a lot of commercial dog foods, including dry and wet food options. It is a good source of protein and dogs tend to love the taste.

Raw chicken and even raw chicken bones are popular as part of the raw food diet. This is generally considered a safe way to feed chicken to your dog, but not all owners are keen on the idea.

What To Do If Your Dog Eats Fried Chicken

If your dog does get into the fried chicken takeaway and eats a small amount, he should be fine, although you will need to keep an eye out to ensure that he doesn’t start vomiting. If he eats a lot of fried food, be prepared for a serious stomach upset and contact your veterinarian for guidance on what to do next. If he has eaten the bones, as well, you will have to pay very close attention to his breathing and swallowing and you may want to contact the vets immediately to seek help.Divider 7

Is Fried Chicken Safe For Dogs?

Fried chicken is not safe for dogs. The food is fatty and salty, and the crunchy coating may contain toxic ingredients like garlic and onion, while the cooked bones tend to shatter and splinter, causing serious damage to your dog. He may even be allergic to chicken as an ingredient. Consider boiling chicken as a healthier alternative, or include raw chicken as part of a raw food diet.

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