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Can Dogs Eat Turkey?

11/21/2017 by Colleen Williams
November 21st, 2017 by Colleen Williams
        

can dogs eat turkey

Turkey is absolutely one of your pup’s faves! While it may have gotten a bad rap over the years due to some confusion about which part of the turkey is safe to feed to pets, turkey is perfectly safe for dogs to eat (with some exceptions). You may have even noticed that most canned food and kibble has turkey as an ingredient! When it comes to feeding the real thing to your dog, however, it’s always better to be safe than sorry (especially since we receive more claims for stomach issues than any other incident).

So, yes, dogs can eat turkey, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when feeding it to your best buddy:

  • For the healthiest choice, make sure it’s the “lean” meat – aka the white meat, with excess fat and skin removed. It’s a great source of protein and nutrients, and dogs love it!
  • Avoid giving your dog rich pieces of turkey like the skin and any fatty areas like the turkey legs. Vets caution against dogs eating extremely rich, fatty foods because it can lead to pancreatitis (where the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen), a painful condition that can be very serious; symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
  • As for the bones, that’s an absolute no.

Curious about what is okay (and not so okay) for your dog to munch on? Check out our other articles on what human foods are safe for dogs.






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