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Are Chicken Feet Good for My Dog? The Facts and Nutrition

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.

Chicken Feet

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. 

Chicken Feet for dogs

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
  • Eco-friendly
  • Full of vitamins and nutrients
  • High glucosamine and chondroitin content

Puffed Chicken feet for dogs

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 treat for dogs

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.

6 Responses

Betty & Butch

Betty & Butch

June 29, 2021

Hello Mike,

Yes this is completely fine, she would benefit from the added nutrition of Glucosamine and Chondroitin that are in chicken feet which helps to support joint pain and movement. However, as a deli treat, chicken feet should only be given as a reward or a treat as part of a balanced diet.

If you are ever unsure, you can always check with your vet as well.

We hope this helps!

Kind Regards,

Betty & Butch

Mike

Mike

June 29, 2021

My dog has had a TTA around 6months ago she’s on joint supplements at the moment would it be ok to give chicken feet alongside the supplements ?

Betty & Butch

Betty & Butch

June 15, 2021

Hi Kristin,

That wonderful to hear, we are so happy that your dogs enjoy them! If your Shar-Pei is allergic to chicken then we wouldn’t recommend giving them chicken feet.

Instead, you can give them duck feet which are also high in Chondroitin which is excellent at promoting healthy joints and bones. Duck is also considered a ‘novel’ protein which means they are great for dogs who got allergies to common proteins like chicken.

I hope this helps!

King Regards,

Betty & Butch

Betty & Butch

Betty & Butch

June 15, 2021

Hi Mary,

To answer your question, we wouldn’t recommend chicken feet that are baked because the high temperatures is what makes the bones in the feet hard which can shatter in your dogs month.

The only forms that you can give chicken feet to your dog which are safe is raw, hydrated or air-dried.

I hope this helps,

Best Wishes,

Betty & Butch

Kristin

Kristin

June 14, 2021

Hello,
I love your website! I bought chicken feet today because of the great information you posted. My dogs love them! I have a Great Dane, a Golden Doodle and a Shar-Pei. I feed raw and this is a great addition to help give them the nutrition they need. My Shar-Pei is allergic to chicken. Do you know if he can still have chicken feet?

Thank you!
Kristin

Mary

Mary

June 11, 2021

What about chicken feet baked at 175 for hours?

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