Fried chicken is a delicious way to cook chicken! Who doesn’t enjoy crisp, fried chicken any time? Some people even like to eat it cold! And if your dog sees you eating fried chicken, you can bet he will be waiting for his fair share! But what happens if a dog eats fried chicken?
Has your dog eaten fried chicken? Are you worried the fried chicken will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve put together information about fried chicken and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Fried Chicken?
Fried chicken is a popular dish that’s made with chicken pieces that are coated in flour and seasoning, then fried. The flour and seasoning create a crispy coating on the outside of the chicken. The meat on the inside is usually tender and juicy. No wonder this is a favorite for so many people!
While fried chicken is safe for humans (in moderation), what about dogs? Can fried chicken make a dog sick?
Fried Chicken & Dogs
Unfortunately, fried chicken can make a dog sick. The chicken is safe for dogs to eat. However, the problem can come from the coating on the chicken and from the oil used to fry it.
For instance, that yummy coating on the outside of the chicken may contain onion, garlic, or other spices that are toxic to dogs.
In addition, the coating usually absorbs a ton of fat during the frying process. Not only can the oil coating cause diarrhea & vomiting in dogs, but it can also lead to pancreatitis and other health issues.
What’s more, if the chicken contains bones, these become more brittle during cooking and can cause serious health issues in a dog. The bones may also clump together in the dog’s digestive system and cause a blockage, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.
These dangers exist whether the fried chicken has been made at home or in a restaurant.
What to Do If Your Dog Has Eaten Fried Chicken
The first thing is to see if the chicken contained bones or not. If so, is your dog breathing normally? Is he gagging or choking? If your dog has breathing trouble, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Next, check the ingredients used in the fried chicken coating. This can mean checking the recipe ingredients or calling the restaurant. If you call the restaurant, be sure to tell them your dog ate some of the chicken and ask if they use garlic or onion in their coating.
Has your dog eaten fried chicken bones? If that’s the case, we strongly urge you to call the vet immediately. The bones may or may not cause a problem; however, the vet will have the advice you need to help your dog in the right way.
The best thing is to keep the fried chicken out of your dog’s reach. It’s OK to give him a small bite of fried chicken from time to time. But prevention is always the best medicine!