Yes, for as long as you do not overindulge your dog with chicken nuggets. One or two pieces of chicken nuggets when given occasionally won’t harm your dog. But the story is different if you constantly give these as regular treats.
What’s in chicken nuggets that make these delicious foods not good for your fido if given in huge amounts? Can your dog get some nutrition from these? Read on to find out why you have to give chicken nuggets only in moderation to your dog…
What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of?
Similar to what we eat, there are some risks involved every time we indulge in fatty and greasy food. To fully understand what these risks are, you need to understand how chicken nuggets are made.
What makes these nuggets crispy is the thick batter that is laden with salt, flavorings like garlic and onion salt, pepper, flour, and preservatives. Depending on the quantity, these ingredients can be safe or harmful to your fido. For example, salt is not really bad for as long as it is given in small amounts.
Not to forget that chicken nuggets are deep fried twice to achieve a golden color and crisp that we all love. Cooking oil has saturated fats and trans fat that are not safe for your fido. Unlike us, our dog’s digestive system is not designed for greasy and fatty food.
Too much grease can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Worse, if they are continually fed with fried and fatty foods like chicken nuggets, they can be susceptible to an inflammation of the pancreas commonly referred to as pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis typically happens if a dog eats a large serving of fatty food in one sitting. In the event, you suspect that your dog may have feasted on chicken nuggets, take it to the vet immediately because pancreatitis is often viewed as a life-threatening medical emergency. Some of the signs include vomiting, a hunched back, and bloating.
Besides pancreatitis, what are the other health risks you should be concerned with if you fail to limit the number of chicken nuggets for your dog? Let’s look at them in the next section…
Health Risks Of Eating Too Much Chicken Nuggets
While your fido will not die right after consuming chicken nuggets, the long-term effects can shorten the life of your dog. Here’s why:
Obesity is the number one risk because chicken nuggets given as treats are high in calories. For example, 6 pieces of McDonald’s chicken nuggets contain 287 calories while 10 pieces of Wendy’s chicken nuggets have 420 calories. And, to think that for a 20-pound dog, the required caloric intake is only 325 to 400 calories every day.
Though chicken nuggets contain protein content, chicken nuggets, all in all, have a lower nutritional content when compared to feeding boiled and skinless chicken to dogs. It’s because nuggets contain more salty breading than chicken meat. Therefore, a diet consisting only of chicken nuggets often leads to nutritional deficiencies.
In case your pooch is allergic to poultry, you should see visible signs, such as skin redness, chronic ear infections, and wheezing.
Given that chicken nuggets contain additional ingredients such as flour, breadings, and cooking oil, it is highly likely that the consumption of these ingredients can lead to digestive problems in dogs. Stomach upsets are often the symptoms one can see when this happens.
Diabetes often goes hand in hand with overweight issues in dogs, leading to high blood sugar levels and disrupting normal body functions. Hence, to avoid excessive weight gain, you should be firm to your pooch and only give chicken nuggets occasionally and in moderate amounts.
This is largely because of the high sodium content chicken nuggets have. Since their bodies cannot tolerate high levels of salt, eating too many chicken nuggets can cause excessive thirst and urination. In the worst-case scenario, high levels of salt result in kidney failure.
Onion And Garlic Toxicity
Onion and garlic toxicity is a concern as they can be often used as flavoring additives in chicken nuggets. Breathing problems and lethargy are some of the common symptoms.