Are Chicken Feet Good for My Dog? The Facts and Nutrition
Although they are not the most aesthetically pleasing canine treat out there, chicken feet offer a wide range of health benefits for your dog which is why they deserve a second glance.
We Offer Two Types Of Chicken Feet
Our chicken feet come in two forms - dehydrated and puffed - and they are perfectly safe for dogs as they are not cooked.
Our puffed chicken feet are air-dried which means they retain more vitamins and nutrients in the drying process and help to keep their natural shape.
It is important to note that feeding chicken bones to your dog can be lethal but it all depends on how the bones are prepared. Chicken bones that are cooked, boiled or fried are the ones to watch out for. The high cooking temperature is what makes the bones hard, like glass, which can splinter and shatter easily, leading to devastating injuries.
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Our dehydrated chicken feet are dried in a dehydrator and like our puffed chicken feet, it helps to seal in the flavour and nutrients.
Mainly composed of cartilage, skin, tendons and tiny bones, both forms of chicken feet are naturally safe for dogs because they are dried, meaning that the bones will crush and crumble, acting as fully digestible treats for your doggy best friend.
What Are The Benefits Of Chicken Feet?
Not only are they safe for your dog to eat but our puffed and dehydrated chicken feet offer a range of beneficial factors and are nutritionally healthy for your pet pooch.
- High in protein
- Helps maintain dental hygiene
- Improves joint health
- Fewer calories than processed meat
- Full of vitamins and nutrients
- High glucosamine and chondroitin content
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Chicken feet contain high concentrations of glucosamine and chondroitin, which are the ingredients often found in canine joint supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin are the building blocks for joint cartilage, they help improve your dog’s overall joint health and are beneficial for conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, so they are a natural alternative to joint supplements.
Although chicken feet may leave your dog’s breath a little bit smelly for a small amount of time after eating, they act as fully edible and digestible toothbrushes!
The fact that they are not cooked, means that the chicken bones are crunchy and crumbly. The crushing action of the teeth through the feet is what helps clean between your dog’s teeth. This is due to the mild abrasion the feet create on the outer enamel that scrapes away built-up food and plaque.
Chicken feet even provide very little calories compared to commercially processed meaty treats that you often find in stores and because they are the wasted part of the body which humans don’t eat, repurposing them into dog treats certainly ensures that nothing goes to waste, making them environmentally-friendly.
So, to ease all the dog paw-rents out there, dehydrated and puffed chicken feet are safe for dogs to eat and because of the excellent health benefits they provide for your dog's teeth and bones, they are a great treat that would be a valuable and healthy addition to your dog’s health and diet.