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Yes, it’s safe to feed your dog canned chicken. Chicken is fine for dogs on its own. However, canned chicken has an excessive amount of salt. To decrease salt level, drain canned chicken and run it through a strainer before feeding it to your dog.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe as long as it’s washed to remove excess sodium
Nutritional Value Protein, zinc, vitamins B12 and B6, niacin, phosphorous, selenium
Potential Risks Salt poisoning, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy if overfed
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Canned Chicken is Safe for Dogs?

For optimal functioning, dogs should consume 0.25 to 1.5 grams of salt per 100 grams of food every day. If you want to retain canned chicken within your dog’s total salt intake range, limit it to 8-10 percent. For example, you may feed a 10kg dog 255 grams of canned chicken.

What Happens If a Dog Eats Too Much Canned Chicken?

Canned chicken is high in sodium if not strained and washed properly. So, feeding your dog too much canned chicken can cause salt poisoning, lethargy, and a host of other health problems.

How to Feed Canned Chicken to Dogs

To ensure that the canned chicken you give your dog includes as little sodium as possible, place it in a strainer and run lukewarm water over it to remove excess salt. Then give it to your dog without extra condiments to ensure it eats a safe and healthy meal.

How to Cook Canned Chicken for Dogs

Because canned chicken is already cooked, it is not necessary. One of the most significant advantages of canned chicken is that it’s pre-cooked. You may, however, microwave the canned chicken to warm it a bit.

Tip: Don’t overcook or overheat canned chicken, as it can lead to a loss of nutrients.

How to Prepare Canned Chicken for Dogs Safely

Canned chicken is typically safe and can be fed to your dog directly out of the container. However, don’t forget to wash it to remove excess salt.

Is Some Canned Chicken Better than Others?

Most canned chicken brands contain the same amount of content and nutritional content. However, this can sometimes vary depending on the size of the can itself.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Much Canned Chicken

Feeding your dog too much canned chicken without washing it properly can lead to salt poisoning. Signs of salt poisoning typically include diarrhea, vomiting, too much urination, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • White canned chicken is safe for dogs if washed and strained properly under lukewarm water. Plus, white canned chicken is full of protein which is beneficial for your dog.

  • Canned chicken breast is high in protein and is safe for dogs if washed under water to remove excess sodium.

  • Yes, dogs can eat both canned chicken and boiled white rice. For a special treat, mix some boiled rice with some canned chicken and feed it to your dog for a special meal.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.