Can dogs eat chicken nuggets?

In this brief blog, we will answer the query,”Can dogs eat chicken nuggets?” We will explain what chicken nuggets are and the health risks of feeding chicken nuggets to your dogs. We will also discuss some good alternatives to chicken nuggets that can be fed to dogs.

Can dogs eat chicken nuggets?

Chicken nuggets are safe to be consumed by dogs however it is recommended that you do not feed your dog chicken nuggets because the fast food meat is usually hyper- processed and has very little nutritional value.

Chicken nuggets also contain a lot of ingredients which are harmful to your dog’s health, not to mention that they are fried in batter which might be detrimental to your dog’s health in the long run.

What are chicken nuggets?

Chicken nuggets are mostly made up of ground-up meat which is usually fat and assorted body parts such as bone, nerves, bone, skin and connective tissue that is all blended and battered with eggs and bread-crumb mixture and then deep-fried.

Chicken nuggets usually contain a lot of fat, sodium in the form of salt and other harmful ingredients that are part of processed meat such as preservatives, colorants, flavoring among many others.

The main source of meat from chicken nuggets comes from chicken known as broilers. These chickens are bred for their meat and they grow very fast and gain weight very rapidly. This usually results in issues such as bone defects, inability to roam around, foot lesions and sudden death. They are usually killed at about 5 to 7 weeks old.

What are the risks of feeding chicken nuggets to your dog?

High in fats

In most fast food joints chicken nuggets are made with vegetable oil where it is reused more than once. Vegetable oil is not regarded as healthy fats which are safe for dogs and even humans.

There are healthy fats that should be incorporated as part of your dog’s diet, however high-fats like vegetable oil can lead to a myriad of problems such as rapid weight gain, clogged arteries and heart related complications.

Too much salt

Salt is an important component to a healthy diet however too much salt in chicken nuggets as is the case with most fast food joints chicken nuggets can result in dehydration in your dog and even other serious health issues such as kidney failure.

Processed chicken

Chicken nuggets are a type of hyper-processed chicken. Processed meats as mentioned are usually high in salt and other ingredients that are harmful to your dog’s health such as preservatives, colorings among others.

The chicken also has chemicals from their production which is also harmful to your dog’s health. You should instead feed your dogs lean chicken which has less fat content.

Batter content

Chicken nuggets also contain a batter that is usually produced from  bread crumbs and corn flour all of which can result in gastrointestinal problems in your dog such as bloating and digestion.

Sugar content

Sugar is another ingredient that is used in the making of chicken nuggets and it is not safe for your dog’s health especially if consumed in large amounts. Sugar can result in a lot of health issues in your dog such as obesity, diabetes and indigestion.

What are some good alternatives to chicken nuggets to feed your dog?

Lean chicken meat

Unlike processed chicken meat that tends to contain a lot of harmful ingredients, lean chicken meat is much better and safe. It is even healthier if it’s harvested from free range and organic chicken.

It contains important nutrients such as protein that are important in provision of energy to your dog and building lean muscle mass. Lean chicken meat is also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids which can help your dog in developing a healthy skin and coat.

Vegetables

You can also feed your dog veggies such as sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin as part of a varied and balanced diet. This helps them derive vitamins and minerals that are hard to get in meat sources.

Fat

Fat is very essential and should be incorporated into your dog’s daily diet. Healthy fats assist dogs to gain energy and also absorb vitamins and minerals. Some good sources of healthy fats that you can use for your  dogs are those from hemp seeds and flaxseeds.

You can read about other foods that are recommended to be fed to dogs according to their age here.

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have answered the query,”Can dogs eat chicken nuggets?” We have explained what chicken nuggets are and the health risks of feeding chicken nuggets to your dogs. We have also discussed some good alternatives to chicken nuggets that can be fed to dogs.

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