Is it okay to give a mini schnauzer baked chicken with no skin or bones on a regular basis?
My husband litterally bakes chicken for our 8 year old mini schnauzer. The chicken doesn't have skin or bones but he eats it twice a day. Will this hurt him? I try to encourage him to eat dry dog food when I can to supplement his chicken diet.
on Jun 29th 2012
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Okay. There is nothing harmful with feeding chicken as a snack sometimes. Dogs love it, and it's good protein. BUT... if it's basically replaced his whole diet, you have a problem. Plain boneless/skinless chicken is deficient in vitamins and minerals. I would try to make sure that the dry food is at least 50% of what he eats, OR, make the jump to entirely home-made meals, with more balanced ingredients. This site explains home-cooking for dogs pretty well:
Bruno CGC answered on 6/29/12. Helpful? / 1
Chicken can be a good snack but dry food is essential for your dog, you have to put a check on his eating habit. Give at least 70% of dry food and chicken as a treat to him.
I totally agree with Bruno. You can also check out the Homemade Food forum on the main forums page. Hubby could vary his cooking & create a healthy meal that is lovingly prepared & healthy.
Dry food is not essential to dogs. Many dogs are on a raw diet with nary a kibble & they are in fabulous condition. As Bruno said, a properly balanced home made meal is also fine.
Wiley answered on 6/30/12. Helpful? / 0