I love chicken nuggets! There I said it. And it’s the truth. If there’s one guilty pleasure I have it’s definitely McDonald’s chicken nuggets. And for a fact, I know that dogs love chicken nuggets too! Or shall I say chimken numggies. But, can dogs eat chicken nuggets?
Obviously, we all are aware that chicken nuggets definitely aren’t the healthiest food out there. But can they be potentially dangerous to our beloved pups?
We’re going to answer that question, and many more. So keep on reading.
Can dogs eat chicken nuggets?
Here’s the thing. I would be lying if I said that chicken nuggets are healthy not only for dogs but for us humans too. However, they won’t kill your dog, they are not toxic to dogs.
The biggest issue with chicken nuggets, and fast food meat in general, is that it’s highly processed, and they are covered in batter.
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Now, the precise answer to the question can dogs eat chicken nuggets is yes. Dogs in fact can eat chicken nuggets. But the better question you should ask is SHOULD dogs eat chicken nuggets. The answer to that question is a big fat NO!
With that being said, let’s take a look at the ingredients used to make chicken nuggets.
What is in chicken nuggets
Let’s take for example chicken nuggets from McDonalds.
White Boneless Chicken, Water, Vegetable Oil (canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Enriched Flour (bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Bleached Wheat Flour, Yellow Corn Flour, Vegetable Starch (modified Corn, Wheat, Rice, Pea, Corn), Salt, Leavening (baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Lactate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Spices, Yeast Extract, Lemon Juice Solids, Dextrose, Natural Flavors.
Now there is not much wrong with the ingredients in particular, however all of these combined aren’t the best option for your dog. Here’s why.
Calories and nutrition
Calories are something we should not forget about. Too many calories will lead to your dog gaining weight, and too little will lead to weight loss. Obviously, dogs and humans have different nutritional and caloric needs. This brings us to our next point.
How many calories are in just one chicken nugget.
According to McDonald’s, six pieces of Chicken nuggets have 250 calories. So one piece has 41,6 calories. You read that right, just one chicken nugget has over 40 calories!
Now, for us humans that’s not much. But as we’ve already said, we have different caloric needs than our dogs.
For example, dogs should only eat 25 calories for each pound they weigh each day. So for example, let’s take a small breed, a French Bulldog, and a large breed, a Labrador Retriever.
The French Bulldog weighs around 25 pounds, which means they need 625 calories daily.
The Labrador retriever weighs on average 70 pounds, which means that they need 1,750 calories daily.
So with that information in mind, let’s see how just one serving of chicken nuggets would impact both dogs.
For the French Bulldog, 250 calories is a lot, given that they daily need 625 calories. It’s 40 percent of their daily calories!
For the Labrador retriever it’s of course less, it’s only 14 percent.
So, the amount of chicken nuggets you give your dog can highly affect their caloric intake.
No nutritional value
The problem with these calories wouldn’t even be a problem if chicken nuggets were of nutritional value.
You could say all these calories in chicken nuggets are empty calories. They don’t do anything good for your dog’s body.
In fact, they can only harm them because they are rich in fat, sugar, salt, carbohydrates, artificial preservatives, seasonings and condiments.
In conclusion, will chicken nuggets hurt your dog? No. Can dogs eat chicken nuggets? Yes. Should dogs eat chicken nuggets? No.
Generally speaking a few chicken nuggets here and there won’t hurt your dog, nor will they affect your dog’s body or health.
Your dog can enjoy one or two chicken nuggets as a treat sometimes.
However, we definitely do not recommend giving dogs chicken nuggets. And if you do, you might want to remove the fried batter off of them.