This article is about what makes raw turkey or chicken necks so beneficial to our dogs’ health.
Even if you already feed your dog a
, it’s not recommended to giving the giblets to your dog raw. Instead, wash them with water and then boil them for five to 10 minutes or sear them on the stove top for a few minutes on each side.
Safely Feeding The Thanksgiving Turkey Neck To Your Dog
The turkey’s neck is made up of small, lightweight bones that are easy for most dogs to crunch up into tiny pieces, easily broken down in their acidic stomach.
It’s a wonderful source of calcium and cartilage – excellent for active dogs and senior dogs with arthritis. It also helps clean your dog’s teeth – I call it Nature’s Toothbrush!
However, if your dog does not normally eat raw bones – and even if she does – you will need to supervise her while she eats it to make sure she does not choke.
The neck is, after all, neck-shaped, meaning it can lodge in your dog’s windpipe if she gulps it down too quickly. You can hold one end while she chews to make sure that she does not try to swallow it whole.
You can also freeze it the night before Thanksgiving morning. If it’s frozen, she will have to slowly tear away pieces of the neck. This year, I gave Cow a frozen neck for Thanksgiving breakfast, though she has eaten it raw.
Remember: cooked bones are dangerous.
I’ll write it again because it’s really that important:
“Cooked” includes boiled, steamed, fried, baked, even dehydrated, freeze-dried and smoked bones found at your pet supply store can be dangerous. Cooking causes the structure of the bone to become hard and splintery.
Do not cook the turkey neck before you feed it, and do not let your dog have any turkey bone after cooking. For dinner, pieces of white meat without visible fat or skin is totally fine.
For Cow, a turkey neck is almost twice the weight of her average meal, so it’s a feast, but it’s not too much for her to handle. She’s about 27 pounds.
If I had two turkey necks, I’d chop one into chunks and give it to Matilda over a few weeks. The pieces would need to be about the size of her head or bigger to encourage her to rip off small pieces instead of trying to swallow the whole chunk. I would definitely freeze it for her to slow her down because she is a wild eater.
As with any raw meat, wash your hands after handling, as well as any surface the meat touches. Most dogs can handle raw meat because they have a short, acidic digestive tract that keeps bacteria from festering in their body long enough to make them ill.
If your dog normally eats kibble or other processed food, the turkey neck can make them sick because they are not used to it. However, I used to give Cow the turkey neck when she ate kibble and she was fine.
Don’t want to feed the turkey neck? Use it to make bone broth!
How To Feed Turkey Giblets To Your Dog
The little bag you pull out of your turkey will probably contain the liver, heart and gizzard of the turkey.
These are all safe and nutritious to feed. You can feed them with the neck. For Cow, the neck was a feast, so I’m going to give her the giblets with her dinner.
Some dogs do not like organ meat. You can sear it quickly in a pan to make it more tempting, but there’s no need to cook it through.
Organ meat is rich – too much can cause diarrhea, especially if your dog is not normally raw-fed. The giblets that come with the turkey would be too much for one meal if your dog is under 20 pounds.
Matilda will choke if I give her a chunk of boneless meat that she thinks she can swallow. So for her, I’m going to have to mix tiny pieces into the rest of her food.
What about frozen chicken necks for dogs?
It’s OK to feed frozen chicken necks to dogs as long as their teeth are in good health.
As a matter of fact, it’s a great refreshing food on hot summer days, and it’ll also last longer than a de-thawed chicken neck. Remember, chewing is a natural behavior for dogs and promotes mental health as much as it keeps their teeth clean and gums healthy!
If you’re unsure of your dog’s ability to eat a frozen chicken neck, try offering it partially thawed.
Is it safe to feed dogs raw turkey giblets?
How do you cook turkey giblets for dogs?
Can I feed my dog raw turkey organs?
- Remove giblets from turkey cavity. …
- Rinse giblets with water.
- Put giblets in small pan and cover with water.
- Put pan on stovetop and bring to boil.
- Reduce to medium and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until giblets are cooked through.