Can dogs eat turkey? The most iconic Thanksgiving treat is, of course, the roast turkey. If you want to share some of that Thanksgiving feast with your pup, whether it’s a turkey sandwich, turkey pie, or you want to give them a bit of a turkey leg, you may be asking this question. Humans love turkey, so is it safe for dogs? Is it good for them? Are there risks?
The short answer is yes. Dogs can eat turkey, and skinless white meat turkey without bones is usually safe. However, there are many exceptions, and you must consult your veterinarian before sharing human food (including turkey) with your dog.
Even foods that are good for dogs should be consumed in moderation and not interfere with their regular diet. A dog’s snack allowance can be up to 10% of their total daily calorie intake, and excessive snacking may disrupt your dog’s eating habits. Here are some things you should know about feeding your dog turkey.
Is Turkey Good for Dogs?
Overall, turkey is a prevalent ingredient in many commercial brands of dog food and snacks, so feeding it to your dog in moderation is usually fine, as long as you seek your veterinarian’s advice first. Make sure it is pure white meat with no bones or fat. Turkey is an excellent source of tryptophan amino acid, although it will give your dog more than a bit of toot.
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Turkey can also provide an alternative source of protein for dogs with allergies to other meats such as beef or chicken. If your dog has a food allergy, consult your veterinarian. They may recommend that you try adding turkey to your dog’s diet.
When is Turkey Bad for Dogs?
What is dangerous is the way the turkey is cooked. Humans usually use a lot of salt and seasoning when cooking turkey. A Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with stuffing, onions, garlic, and more herbs are delicious to us. But the salt and onions are bad for dogs, and many of the herbs and oils can cause all kinds of digestive problems, even pancreatitis. Milk, butter, or cheese these dairy products can also irritate the dog’s stomach. So it is not recommended that you offer your dog a Thanksgiving turkey.
The bones of birds such as cooked turkeys, chickens, and ducks are fragile and can easily break. Feeding these to your dog can cause severe problems as they often irritate the dog’s throat and digestive tract, which can cause your dog severe pain and bleeding.
Be very careful if you add grapes or raisins to salads, desserts, or other foods. They can cause kidney failure if ingested by dogs.
Finally, a sick turkey can also endanger your dog, and again you are certainly advised not to consume it. Make sure the turkey you prepare is fresh. As with most lunch meat turkeys, turkeys containing preservatives may contain complex chemicals for dogs to digest. It is best to avoid these.
Risk of Turkey Bones
- Injury to the mouth and tongue
- Choking in the throat
- Intestinal obstruction
- Bleeding from the stomach or rectum
Risk of Excessive Salt
- Hair loss
- Tear stains
- Skin diseases
- Picky eating
How to Feed Your Dog Turkey Safely?
If you plan to give your dog a Thanksgiving turkey to share and some fried chicken, you need to know these things.
- Give up giving them the skin of the turkey. A lot of seasoning and fat is concentrated in the skin of the turkey.
- Give up onions and garlic. They are bad for dogs.
- Small amounts of turkey, especially for dogs with health problems. For example, diabetes and obesity.
- There should be no bones in turkey meat.
Happy Thanksgiving! Be thankful for your furry friend, and be careful what you feed him. Although it’s the holidays, consistency in your pet’s diet is critical. You can treat him with a new chew toy instead of giving your dog something.
When you give your dog turkey, be sure not to overdo it. While turkey is safe for your dog, it may affect their stomach when used to the traditional daily dog food.
Have you fed your dog turkey? What other human foods do you share with your pup? Let us know in the comments below!