Turkey Bones: Are They Bad for Dogs?
While theres no question that dogs love to chew and eat bones, doing so can actually be harmful to your pup, according to the AKC. Small poultry bones, including turkey and chicken bones, are especially dangerous. Gnawing on bones can cause:
Some of these injuries, like intestinal blockage, may require emergency surgery to correct.
Avoid the Fatty Parts of Turkey
Giving your dog pieces of fat or skin is very unhealthy for dogs because of the higher fat content. This could cause an upset stomach and other digestive issues. Keep in mind that puppies have much more sensitive stomachs than adult dogs.
Also, giving a dog fatty foods on a regular basis over time can lead to health problems like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, pancreatitis, and heart disease.
Although some people might think that feeding a raw turkey neck to a dog is fine, raw turkey can have dangerous bacteria. It’s also a choking hazard. Make sure any turkey you feed your dog is fully cooked.
Skip the Seasonings and Added Ingredients
Only completely plain, cooked turkey is okay to give to your dog as a treat. Added ingredients and seasonings can not only be unhealthy for dogs, but they can be toxic, like garlic and onion. Even butter and salt can cause problems.
Any bones left in could accidentally be swallowed. This would create a choking hazard and potential intestinal blockage. Cooked bones are even more dangerous than raw bones because they will easily splinter into shards.
If your dog has swallowed a piece of a bone, contact your veterinarian right away and take them to the vet clinic.
You may have heard the myth about turkey making humans—or dogs—sleepy. But this isn’t the case. Although there is a nutrient in turkey called tryptophan that aids in good sleep and a good mood, turkey contains such a small amount that you would never eat enough in one sitting—or even one day—for it to influence your energy level. And the same goes for your pup.
Yes, when cooked and prepared properly—and given in very small portions—turkey can be a healthy, occasional treat for dogs. Make sure it is fully cooked; has no skin, bones, or fat; and is not cooked with any other ingredients or seasonings. Here are some nutrients found in turkey:
There is a difference in nutrition between dark meat and white meat. The dark meat in turkey legs and thighs and is much higher in fat and calories. The white meat in turkey breast is a little higher in protein.
Turkey skin is high in fat and calories, so any piece with skin on it is much less healthy.
Can Dogs Eat Turkey? [ANSWERED]
Whos ready for Turkey Day? The correct answer is everyone, pets included! Its only natural that your pooch is excited for Thanksgiving—their favorite people are all in one place, there are belly rubs galore, dog toys and dog treats appear like magic, and in the feasting chaos, food scraps “accidentally” slip onto the floor.
If your pups are anything like Ree Drummonds, theyll be hovering around the dinner table to pick up these fallen treasures. The Drummond dogs probably like Thanksgiving even more because, according to Ree, “they really love gravy!” (She only uses it as a special treat and tries not to give them too much because of the fat ).
Still, its important to consider pet health when it comes to feeding pups human food. Can dogs even eat turkey? Can dogs eat turkey bones? Heres what to know before you slip them leftover turkey or give them the role of the post-dinner vacuum cleaner.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
In short, yes, but with a few caveats. Turkey isnt toxic for dogs and is actually present in many dog foods you buy at the store! The bird is a lean protein and is rich in potassium, selenium, and several B vitamins. “When prepared properly, turkey can be a healthy addition to any pups diet, making it a great option to mix in with some kibble,” says Dr. Katy Nelson, senior veterinarian at . “Plain is best when it comes to giving your pup turkey, that means no seasonings or fatty additives.”
Alas, the best part of Thanksgiving turkey is that its not plain. The ingredients that make holiday turkey so dang delicious—turkey brine, butter, oils, stuffing, garlic, onions—are what isnt healthy for dogs. Our recipe for Thanksgiving success is their recipe for disaster… or at least an upset stomach.