Dogs can have turkey as a meal.

Dogs can have turkey as a meal. Image: pexels

When to hold the turkey for your pup

Turkey can be safe for dogs if plain and served in moderation, without harmful seasonings like onion, garlic, or salt.

Dogs can have turkey as a meal.

Dogs can have turkey as a meal. Image: pexels

Turkey can be a tempting treat to share with your furry friend, especially with leftovers around. But before you carve off a chunk, there are times when turkey can be more trouble than it’s worth for your canine companion.

Purina advises that dogs can consume turkey in moderation, contingent upon its preparation method. It’s deemed safe for dogs to eat plain turkey, devoid of any additives such as onion, garlic, salt, etc. Here’s when to skip the turkey for your dog’s sake:

Off-Limits: Raw or Undercooked Turkey

Just like us, raw turkey can harbour nasty bacteria like salmonella, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Stick to fully cooked turkey to avoid a doggy tummy ache.

Seasoned or Fatty Bits: A Recipe for Discomfort

Our delicious roast turkey is often packed with flavourful extras that are off-limits for dogs. Onion, garlic, and other seasonings can irritate their gut, while the rich skin and fatty trimmings can lead to pancreatitis, a painful inflammation of the pancreas.

Pre-existing Health Issues: Ceasing Turkey in Diet

If your dog has pre-existing health problems, particularly pancreatitis or digestive sensitivities, it’s always best to consult your vet before sharing any human food, including turkey.

Choking Hazards: Turkey Bones are Best Left Uneaten

Be wary of turkey bones. Cooked bones can splinter and cause internal injuries, while raw bones pose a choking hazard. It’s safest to remove all bones before offering any turkey to your dog.

Remember: While turkey isn’t inherently bad for dogs, a bit of plain, cooked white meat in moderation is the way to go. If you’re unsure, err on the side of caution and consult your vet. There are plenty of dog-friendly treats available that will satisfy your pup without risking their health.


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