There are some surprising foods which are no good for fido. So, it’s no surprised that many pet parents are confused about what is and what’s not okay to give to their dog for a treat! While most people know not to feed their dogs cooked chicken bones, not all poultry products are on the naughty list.
So, can dogs eat turkey necks?
Yes! Turkey necks are perfectly fine for your dog, and they even have some benefits. While cooked poultry bones become brittle and shatter, causing a choking hazard, turkey necks are a different story. Turkey necks are actually quite a bit softer than bones. When your dog chews them, they’ll crush and turn into safe to swallow pieces.
For convenience reasons, it’s easiest to buy the freeze dried variety. You can buy these in sealed bags on Amazon, and they’re easy to feed to your dog. However, dogs can safely eat the raw variety as well. Just be aware that they could leave bacteria on the floor, so you may want to clean up with disinfectant when they’re done if your pup is a messy eater.
Even if you don’t want to give it to them all the time, it’s an easy way to share your Thanksgiving feast with your dog and use all the parts of the turkey! Dogs have no problem eating turkey necks, feet, and organ meats. In fact, these foods are actually good for them and provide many benefits.
What are the benefits of turkey necks for dogs?
Turkey necks, whether raw or dehydrated, offer your dog the benefit of high-quality proteins, glucosamine, chondroitin, calcium, and phosphorous.
While many pet parents choose to purchase supplements for their pet’s joint health, feeding them turkey necks or similar foods can aid them naturally! This is particularly beneficial to older dogs that may be suffering from arthritis, but good nutrition is important for puppies as well.
Giving your dog freeze-dried turkey neck chews is also a great way to keep them occupied when you’re not home. Bored dogs are often destructive, and giving them a safe outlet for chewing can do wonders for them.
It should be noted though that turkey necks are best for medium to large size dogs because of their size.
What if I have a small breed dog?
Turkeys are pretty big animals. Commercially raised turkeys can weigh 16 pounds! That’s a big bird, and for a dog with a tiny mouth, a turkey neck might be a bit of overkill.
Don’t worry though. You can also purchase much smaller turkey necks which will be a more appropriate size for smaller breed dogs.
What to know before giving turkey necks to your dog
If your dog is not used to eating raw meat or freeze dried meat, take it slow. Diet changes which happen too fast can give your pooch a bad bout of diarrhea or vomiting.
Start out by giving them a smaller piece and see how it goes. If they seem to be handling it well, then you can give them turkey or chicken necks as often as 2-3 times per week, and they’ll be thrilled.
It’s also a good idea to supervise your dog when they are eating turkey necks, at least for the first few times. Some dogs can be.. over eager about eating and cause themselves issues. You may need to step in and try to curb this behavior and teach them better eating habits.