Can I Give My Dog Meat?

Can I Give My Dog Some Meat?Eating meat is certainly natural for dogs. After all, they are primarily carnivores. So when your hound begs you for a piece of juicy protein-packed animal flesh it’s logical to want to share.

Doing so is normal and canines can easily digest rationed amounts of chicken, turkey, lamb and beef. Lots of owners view most meats as superior to commercial kibble and don’t care much for store-bought dog food.

But a strict meat-based diet is debatable. Proponents liken canines to wolves from an evolutionary standpoint. On the other hand, there are some excellent formulated dog foods on the market. No doubt, this is meaty topic!

Can I Give My Dog Some Meat? Answer: Yes, with some restrictions

You can, but certain types are more appropriate than others.

But we still favor a high quality dog food. Feeding raw or cooked meat to your dog is a way to provide them with valuable protein. They’ll thrive nutritionally, so tossing your dog pieces of meat on occasion is fine but avoid adding spices. Pork is not recommended but most other meats are appropriate in reasonable amounts. Raw foods are a whole other topic as well as eliminating commercial dog food completely.

Keep in mind that any new diet is tricky and may cause gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomach and diarrhea.

Canines & Cooked Meat

People view cooked meat more favorably than when it’s raw which is understandable. But you have to let go of your own preferences when it comes to your dog’s eating habits. Cooked meat isn’t what they’d be consuming based on their predatory instincts. Many will disagree but some of the best meats you can feed a dog are pieces of uncooked steaks and other types of choice beef.

Also, read up on fat and bones!

Safest Meats to Serve

Most meats, both cooked and raw, contain good levels of protein but some are more suitable for dogs than others. Safety is of the utmost concern due to the potential for parasitic disease and sickness. Your best bets are quality beef, turkey and lamb. These are great choices when serving raw meat.

Avoid providing raw fish because it may contain flukes, a type of parasite, which can harm your dog’s liver. Pork, regardless of how it’s served, is not well suited for most dogs and carries relatively higher risks. It’s a tough meat to digest but it also may contain trichinosis which is a dangerous roundworm.

Practicality & Commitment

As we said, raw meats offer many merits. No doubt that your dog can benefit from such a diet strategy. Realistically though, it’s hard to maintain over the long term. The food preparation, combined with the commitment, often proves difficult. A meat diet is also significantly more expensive than most conventional dog foods. An occasional slab of fresh meat may be more realistic.

Convenience of Dog Food

So it’s arguably better to feed your dog a meat diet, especially compared to low-grade cheap dog food. Too many owners buy questionable canine chow to save money. Yes, there’s some meat in there but it compares poorly to a raw meat diet or even freshly cooked animal protein.

That said, there are some premium brands with high-quality meat protein which are convenient and healthy for dogs. Fido will also benefit from a well-rounded diet designed and formulated for them. So be sure to get a dog food that contains essential proteins and antioxidants without any grains.

Conclusion on Meat

Feeding your pet dog certain meats is an excellent way to provide high levels of nutrition and protein. There are, however, uncooked varieties which can be harmful such as fish and pork. Most cooked meat is also okay to share, but a very strict carnivore diet is unnecessary and often impractical. So, you can feed your dog most types of meat on occasion but a high-quality dog food is usually best to rely on.

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Sandra February, 2016

My hubby has caught some raccoons. He skinned then and has baked the meat. He wants me to feed it to my dog. I make her food using beef, turkey, chicken, eggs and rice with sweet potatoes as well as greens of all kinds. I need to know if I can use the raccoon meat cook in her feed.


Brad June, 2016

Racoon is the stinkiest critter you’ll ever roast. Just the thought of smelling that cooking makes me ill. Your dogs will be in heaven.


Keng August, 2015

Avoid pork at all costs because of the potential for bacteria. It’s best to feed your pet dog raw beef but ensure the meat is taken from the freezer, not meat that’s been thawed for an unduly long time. If possible, feed beef brisket because the bones in it do not break into sharp fragmented pieces which may injure internal organs.


Brad June, 2016

There are no bones in a brisket, unless you mean feeding a dog a whole quarter cow. I’ve cooked hundreds of full clods and briskets and nary a bone in any of them. I’m not gonna give my mutt good brisket though. They can have a bite, a taste but that’s about it.


Laverne January, 2015

If I cook a pork roast, well done with no seasonings, can my dog have just a little to taste?


James January, 2015

Just a taste is, of course, fine. I’m sure it’s delicious as well.


Rita December, 2014

I give my dog Eden kibbles which are rated as one of the best. But she refuses to eat them without chicken, the only meat she likes. I have had to resort to mashing cooked chicken to the kibbles in order to make it stick. I’m worried that she could be having too much chicken. Sometimes I give her green beans and garden peas for a change.


Ian March, 2015

Try getting someone else to feed the dog without you in the building and without chicken mixed in. Your dog knows it’s got you under their thumb. But if a new person provides food, the dog will have no way of making a complaint and it will just eat what’s available.


Koni October, 2014

I am braising some meat marinated/cooked with red wine vinegar. Is this meat, the way it’s prepared, safe for dogs? I ask because dogs cannot have grapes or alcohol and I’m curious if this is also a problem.


Trinity March, 2016

Never give your dog chicken bones. They can cause internal damage and more. Lean towards the brisket because it has tough bones that don’t break and shatter like chicken bones. Also, never give your dog pork because it’s not very healthy and could cause disease from pesticides in the meat.


Terence March, 2014

Raw lamb, pork or venison are at a higher risk for Toxolplasmosis which is a parasitic disease that sometimes exists in raw meats and can be passed on to your dog.


Old Lady February, 2013

I give my dogs bones of chicken and other meats as well as fat trimmings. They seem to be really healthy and they enjoy it.


Quinn December, 2015

You should not give dogs chicken bones. They shatter and can choke the dog. Hard bones from mammals are okay.


Brad June, 2016

Chicken bone and pure fat are the two worst things from an animal you can feed a dog. Your dog could choke on the bones or they’ll wind up with pancreatitis, especially smaller breeds. It’s a painful condition that leads to death much of the time. Malamutes and other Eskimo dogs process pure fat but even then you don’t want an overweight pooch.


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