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Can Dogs Eat Rotisserie Chicken? All You Need to Know

I recently gave my pups some rotisserie chicken, before my friend rather infatically blurped out “Nooo”.

And of course, this got me thinking. What’s the big deal, what’s the difference between “normal” chicken, and rotisserie chicken. And can dogs have it?

You’re here because you’re wondering the same thing. So, after consulting with our resident vet, we have a very good answer. And everything you need to know.

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What Is Rotisserie Chicken vs Other Cooked Chicken?

First things first, let’s quickly talk about what rotisserie chicken is.

You know, the kind that spins around in its own juices at the store. Yum! It’s cooked slowly and usually has herbs and spices on it. Sometimes, it even comes with a nice crispy skin.

Now, how is it different from other cooked chicken? Well, other cooked chicken like boiled or grilled chicken is often plainer. They don’t usually have the added flavors or skin that’s as crispy as rotisserie.

Can Dogs Eat Rotisserie Chicken?

Here’s the deal: Yes, dogs can eat rotisserie chicken, but there are some big “buts” to consider.

The spices and herbs on the chicken are often not good for dogs. Things like garlic and onion can be really harmful to them. And don’t even get me started on the salt content!

In many cases rotisserie chicken has exactly these ingredients to make it as delicious as it is… (but not all of them)

It depends where you buy it. Additionally, it’s likely just the skin that has most of these bad ingredients.

Also, rotisserie chicken bones are a big no-no. They can splinter and hurt your dog’s insides. So, if you’re going to share, make sure to remove all the bones and consider rinsing off the spices. PetMD’s thoughts on this.

BIG CAVEAT: While it still poses some risk, many believe that broiler chickens (chickens made solely for meat production) are usually slaughtered before they’re truly mature, which actually makes their bones over 50% weaker than what they would be, cooked or not. So, cooked broiler chicklen bones, are likely no problem for most dogs. (Still this is not something I would risk personally).

If you want to be safe, just remove the bones. Simple!

Full article about what kind of chicken your doggo cant eat (Raw, Cooked, Bones, The Lot)

What About the Skin?

The skin is tasty, I get it.

But it’s not the best for our dogs. It’s high in fat, and too much fat can lead to tummy issues or even pancreatitis in extreme cases.

So, if you’re going to give your dog some rotisserie chicken, it’s best to peel off the skin first.

After removing the skin, in MOST cases, the rotisserie chicken will then be fine for a dog to eat. Assuming it’s not overly oil or further marinated.

What to Do If You Already Fed Rotisserie Chicken to Your Dog?

Don’t panic. If it’s a small amount, your dog will likely be okay.

But watch out for signs like upset stomach or lethargy. If you see anything worrying, call your vet.

If you’ve given bones as well, that’s more serious. You should call your vet right away.

Dogs should never consume cooked bones, especially chicken bones which are easily broken (and therefore turning into giant splinters). It’s pretty dangerous.

5 Basic Yet Important Things You Should Know About Dogs Eating Chicken

Let’s run through 5 basic safety tips for feeding your dog chicken. Stick to these things below, and you’re good to go! I didn’t mean that to rhyme, but it did, and i like it…

  • Plain is Best: Chicken is good for dogs when it’s plain. No spices, no sauce.
  • Remove Bones: Always, always take out the bones. They can be dangerous.
  • Skin Off: The skin is fatty, so it’s better to remove it.
  • Portion Size: Don’t go overboard. A small piece is usually enough.
  • When in Doubt, Ask a Vet: If you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult your vet.

Here’s a video that I love

The Safest/Healthiest Ways to Give Chicken to Your Dog

If you want to treat your dog to some chicken, there are safer ways to do it.

Boiled chicken is a great option. It’s easy to digest and you can control what goes in it—just chicken and water!

Grilled chicken with no seasoning is also a good choice.

You can also find chicken-based dog treats at the store. Just make sure to read the label to see what else is in there. You want to avoid any additives that could be harmful.

So, there you have it! While rotisserie chicken smells amazing and is hard to resist, it’s best to stick to simpler options for your fur baby. Keep it plain and simple, and both you and your dog will be happy and healthy!


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