Can Dogs Have Turkey Breasts? 

Thanks giving season!

Every family member, your furry companion included, is happy to start the festivities and munch on turkey breasts.

The aroma makes your pup wig the tail in anticipation of delicious bites, and the temptation to let your dog join in the festivities is intense.

Still, you want to avoid vet visits during your holiday, so you wonder, how much turkey breasts are safe for dogs?

Can dogs have turkey breasts?

Yes, turkey breasts are safe for dogs to consume in reasonable amounts.

Plain, boneless, and unprocessed turkey breast is high in quality proteins, low calories, and moderate carbs—a healthy combination for your canine.

Incorporating turkey into your dog’s kibble adds some moisture and boosts nutritional value.

Consult your vet for the exact serving curated explicitly for your pup.

Your dog can eat turkey breast treats.

Nonetheless, you should consider the risks and benefits before offering them to your canine friend.

Read on to learn more.

Can dogs have turkey breasts

Is turkey breast good for dogs? The health benefits

Turkey breast has many health benefits for canines—it’s full of protein and other essential nutrients for a dog’s diet.

The nutritional value is highlighted below in detail;

High-quality protein

Turkey breast is lean meat rich in proteins that supply all the amino acids in the body to grow and repair tissues in dogs.

Ground turkey is easy for dogs to digest and utilize in their system.

Source of minerals

Turkey meat is parked with copper, zinc, phosphorous, and magnesium, which supports thyroid function, boosts immunity, is a high energy source, and strengthens bones and muscles.

The breast cut is rich in iron which aids in growth and development.

Riboflavin in turkey meat supports the metabolism of carbohydrates in your dog’s body.

Rich in vitamins

Turkey has a high B group of vitamins like Vitamins B3, B6, and B12.

These vitamins aid brain functioning, energy production, cell growth, and development.

Low-fat levels

Most poultry contains fewer fats potently stored just beneath the skin.

Although fat keeps the meat moist, succulent, and flavorful, it’s problematic for a dog’s health.

Fortunately, most turkey fat is saturated and poly-saturated (omega 3 fatty acids), which is healthy for your furry friend if consumed in moderation.

The good type of fat makes it a suitable replacement for red meat.

Cancer prevention

Poultry meat is associated with reduced risks of developing some cancers.

In this instance, turkey meat minimizes the risk of developing lung cancer.

Boosts cardiovascular health

Studies have linked regular consumption of turkey meat with improved heart health.

Replacing red meat with turkey breasts minimizes the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in both humans and canines–this typically heightens longevity and survival. 

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How to feed your dog turkey breast?

  • Skip the skin – Turkey skin is saturated with fats which may cause digestive problems for your dog. It can also inflame the pancreas leading to pancreatitis—a life-threatening condition.
  • Unseasoned turkey breast – Feed canines plain and unseasoned turkey breasts are the safest option. It provides dense nutrients like proteins but in moderation.  
  • Boneless – Cooked turkey bones can splinter when chewed, leading to blockages in your dog’s intestines or perforations of the throat or mouth. 
  • Raw turkey breasts – Raw turkey meat may contain bacteria like salmonella, which is harmful to your dog’s health. Prepare the natural turkey meat properly or purchase one from the raw diet section, which is already safe for dogs to consume.
  • Dark turkey meat is fatty – Turkey’s breasts and thighs have high-fat content, which is harmful to dogs with weight or digestive issues. The best alternative is ground turkey, which uses meat from all turkey parts.
  • Skip processed turkey – Turkey humbuggers, bacon, or deli could have many additives, preservatives, or high sodium content, which is a health hazard to your canine friends. Opt for plain and low-sodium turkey hamburger—your dog will still enjoy the meat even though it’s plain. A bite may not be chaotic, but regular consumption can be a severe health issue.
  • Moderation is vital – Feed your dog turkey meat in small quantities. Ensure the chunks are bite-size and only provide them as special treats occasionally. A build-up of the sodium and fat content in the ham may lead to chronic diseases.

How much turkey breast should I feed my dog?

It depends on your dog’s weight, size, and underlying medical condition.

Dogs prone to obesity, diabetes, or pancreatitis should have small amounts occasionally.

Large breeds can take as much, provided it doesn’t affect their health.

Start with small amounts and increase gradually depending on your dog’s reaction to the turkey.

Treats should never take up more than 10% of your dog’s diet.

Consult your vet about adding food scraps into their diet, especially if your dog has a preexisting health condition like diabetes or obesity.

Can dogs eat smoked turkey breasts?

It depends on how the turkey meat was prepared.

If the smoked meat was highly seasoned, you shouldn’t feed it to your canine.

Otherwise, mild seasonings in small quantities won’t harm your dog provided they have no allergies or underlying medical conditions.

Store-bought smoked turkey breasts are highly processed to improve flavors and increase shelf-life, thus not healthy for your canines.

These types of meats contain high amounts of salts and preservatives lethal for your furry friend.

Can dogs be allergic to turkey breasts?

Yes, just like humans are allergic to some foods, so are dogs.

The extent of allergic reactions differs in different dogs.

For instance, dogs with a yeast problem may experience adverse reactions toward lean turkey
breasts since it’s a warming food.

An allergic reaction manifest in symptoms like;

Excessive itching

Increased paw and ear licking

Ear infection

Hair loss

To wrap it up

Plain, unseasoned cooked turkey breast is a thanksgiving delicacy special for your pup.

Prepare it separately and only feed them sparingly.

Avoid store-bought processed turkey breasts since they contain high salts and additives dangerous for your dog’s health.

Consult your vet to know your dog’s preexisting health conditions before adding it to their diet.

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