Can dogs eat turkey?

Just curious, I think it's fine, but anything I should know

Asked by Sparky on Nov 27th 2007 Tagged turkey, thanksgiving in Pet Food
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Yes, dogs can most definitely eat turkey, as a general rule.

Many premium dog food blends are made with turkey.

What IS NOT good for dogs are turkey skin, bones or turkey fat. Also, make sure that no onions have come in contact with the turkey since onions ARE toxic to dogs. To a slightly lesser extent, garlic isn't great for dogs, either. Many foods and treats for dogs contain garlic, but many dogs cannot tolerate it and some can be fatally allergic to it.

Anytime you're feeding table scraps to your dog, make sure it is in conjuction with his regular diet and make sure it isn't in excess. Dogs can suffer from a condition called pancreatitis when given too much fatty food.

Pancreatitis is serious and is often fatal if not diagnosed quickly, and there are often very subtle signs, so it is important to avoid too much fat in the diet.

Hope this helps.

Jack answered on Nov 27th.

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I would avoid the skin, the fatty part and any cooked bones.

Liberty answered on 11/27/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer

Maximillion Bear Bonapardt

yes just no bones, or fat, the fat sometimes gives an upset stomach

Maximillion Bear Bonapardt answered on 11/27/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


if it's cooked don't feed the bones and remove the skin (because of seasonings, etc). also be aware that some store bought turkeys are "brined" and can be quite high in salt.

if you're feeding it raw there isn't much to worry about. our dogs get necks and occasionally wings raw and love them. they eat the bone, skin, and meat w/o problems.

and garlic is fine for dogs though I wouldn't feed them a pound of it.

Member 479090 answered on 11/27/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


Raw turkey can be fed whole - skin, bones, and everything. Raw turkey necks are great for keeping your dog's teeth clean, by the way.

If it is cooked turkey, you definitely need to take into account what spices were used. Food that is very salty or spiced with onions or garlic can be very dangerous to your dogs.

When cooked, don't feed the skin or the bones, either - just the meat. The bones are altered in consistency when they are cooked, making them brittle and easy to splinter which can be very harmful. The cooked skin is very fatty.

The person before me is incorrect in saying that garlic is safe. It isn't. Garlic is in the same family than onions, which are very poisonous. Garlic is less poisonous and, to an extent, used in dog foods, but you really REALLY need to ensure your dogs don't get much of it because it CAN kill them. If their food already has garlic in it, don't feed any other garlic, especially anything with garlic powder which has high concentrations of garlic.

Abby answered on 11/27/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer