Your dog will eat almost anything you give them. However, their stomachs aren’t quite as advanced as their owners. As a pet owner, you still have to be aware of what you’re feeding your dog so it doesn’t turn into a health issue. Most people feed their dog meat, and while most types are meat are good for them, some can be rather toxic. There’s also the issue of how you’re preparing this meat for your pup. Here’s everything you need to know about the meats your dog can eat and how to prepare them.
Types of meat that are safe to feed dogs:
- Chicken: Chicken is one of the most common meats dogs eat and there’s good reason for it. Chicken is a lean meat that contains a lot of protein which is great for your dog’s energy and muscle mass. Chicken is also full of nutrients that support healthy skin, shiny coats and bone health.
- Steak & Beef: Red meat is another nutritious meat for your dog. Containing fatty acids that can help maintain muscle tone and joint support. Just like chicken, red meat contains Omega-6.¹
- Lamb: Lamb is a tasty meat for dogs with any food sensitivities. It also contains dietary fats that help sustain energy while maintaining skin, fur, and muscle. Try AvoDerm® Natural Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Formula to ensure your dog is getting all their other nutrients as well.
- Turkey: Turkey is another terrific food for any dogs with food sensitivities. Turkey is a lean white meat that is a highly digestible protein. Plus, turkey is perfect for supporting and maintaining muscle.
Common meats to avoid are any processed meats like sausage, bologna, hot dogs etc. Also avoid giving your dog any rib bones as they are extremely brittle and can damage your dog’s stomach and throat.
How to prepare meat for your dog:
Preparing these meats for your dog is incredibly important. All of the meats listed above are extremely healthy for your dog, but only if they’re prepared properly.
First, make sure you carefully and thoroughly remove any bones from the meat. These tiny bones found in meat are extremely brittle and can break off in your dog’s throat or stomach if ingested. Then, make sure you rinse the meat properly, just incase of any added chemicals for preservation and to make sure the meat is clean. Next, make sure all meat is not seasoned. Seasoning is too strong for your dogs stomach and can result in a very uncomfortable pup. Avoid butter as well for the same reasons.
When cooking meat to serve your dog, make sure you cook it through thoroughly. When dealing with beef and steak, medium is always the best option to avoid any possible salmonella poisoning. Be sure to remove any fat from the meat. This can be done before or after the meat is cooked. Fat can get lodged in your dog’s throat and result in choking.
Can dogs eat raw meat?
Raw meat diets have been a common discussion with dog owners. Many believe this is a healthier diet because it closely mimics a dog’s diet in the wild. However, there hasn’t been enough research involving raw meat diets to say whether it’s good for your pup or not.
As always, it’s best to reach out to your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet in any way to be sure it’s safe for your pup.
Just because your dog will eat almost anything, doesn’t mean you should feed them everything. Hopefully this list of meats your dog can eat and how to prepare them helps you out the next time you’re planning a barbecue or picnic and your dog wants in on the fun. Be sure to try AvoDerm® Natural Dog Food for only the freshest ingredients and paramount nutrition for your pet best friend.