While boiled, unseasoned chicken isn’t the favorite meal of many people (I seriously doubt it’s anyone’s favorite meal), dogs absolutely adore it! And there are plenty of reasons why. If your dog enjoys eating chicken and you want to treat him to it more often — learn here how to boil chicken for dogs in the best way possible.
A chicken based diet can benefit dogs in many ways. Chicken is a great source of protein and glucosamine. Both of them are very important nutrients in a dog’s diet. But there are specific ways to prepare the chicken for your dog, so that it’s delicious, nutritious and most importantly — safe!
Things to consider before feeding your dog chicken.
- If you continuously feed your dog raw chicken you are putting him at a higher risk of salmonella infections. Even though most dog’s digestive systems are strong and acid enough to kill bacteria from the food, in some cases raw diets can still lead to salmonella infections.
- You should only give plain and unseasoned chicken to your dog. Spices or herbs can be toxic for them. Especially if the chicken contains onions or garlic.
- Many dogs are allergic to chicken. It’s the third most common food allergy in canines. If you’re just starting to feed your dog chicken, start with smaller amounts. However, there are possible alternatives for your dogs. Such as fish or turkey.
- Never feed your dog chicken bones! Neither cooked or raw! They are a chocking hazard snd can puncture their digestive system.
- The best option would be to always stick to chicest breast. It’s low in fat and high in protein. That will make sure that your dog stays fit snd healthy.
How to boil chicken for dogs
The best way to prepare chicken for your dog is to simply boil it.
Here’s an easy guide:
- Place the chicken in a pot filled with water.
- Cover the pot and let the water boil for 12 minutes on high heat. By then it should be completely cooked.
- Let the chicken cool off to avoid any burns
- Chop the chicken up into smaller pieces and refrigerate in smaller containers. The leftovers can be refrigerated for up to four days.
What can I add to the chicken?
- White rice. That’s a great option especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It’s easily digestible and filling, while being neutral and easy on the stomach.
- Cooked or fresh veggies. Vegetables are a great choice for dogs. Read here which vegetables you can and which you can’t give to dogs.
- Greek yogurt. It’s low in lactose but high in calcium and protein.
- Dog food. If you want to add a pep to your dog’s plain chicken, sprinkle some dog food on top of it.
How often should my dog eat chicken?
If you don’t want your dog to get fed up with chicken and start rejecting it, limit it to twice per week. In the meantime you can give your dog other types of meat. Such as turkey, for example.
Dogs absolutely love chicken, so if you want to give it to your dog more often, mix it up with other ingredients. And by that we mean vegetables or rice. In no case should you give your dog seasoned chicken, especially not it the seasoning includes garlic or onion. Both of them could lead to poisoning in dogs.
Always ask your veterinarian before starting to include chicken in your dog’s diet. Many dogs are allergic to chicken. Therefore you need to be careful. Be on the lookout for symptoms of food allergies. There are different possible alternatives out there for chicken, however most of them are more expensive.