With the holiday season in our rearview mirror, we all might begin questioning what our Goldendoodles can eat to stay healthy. We may wonder if one food is better than another for our Goldendoodles, like chicken. I love to feed my “teddy bears,” Sasha and Max, the healthiest food possible, and thankfully with a few years under my belt as a Goldendoodle parent, I have a great deal of knowledge in this area.
If you are interested in learning more about what a Goldendoodle can eat and not eat, including whether chicken is on the menu, read on.
Can Goldendoodles Eat Chicken?
Goldendoodles can eat chicken. This lean protein is both healthy and easy for the Goldendoodle to digest if it’s prepared properly for your Goldendoodle. It’s possible an individual dog may be allergic to chicken (just like people), but generally, chicken is perfectly safe for your Goldendoodle.
Many Goldendoodles are prone to having sensitive stomachs and should continuously be fed a healthy, well-balanced diet that promotes their overall health. While many human foods are not healthy for any dog and can cause digestive issues, chicken is perhaps the best food that we humans eat that a dog can eat too.
Goldendoodles’ stomachs can quickly react to dietary changes. If a puppy parent is going to opt out of commercial dog food in favor of homemade and natural foods to create a healthy diet, choosing chicken is a good protein choice.
Chicken or other protein should be the main ingredient in homemade or even commercial dog food since dogs need plenty of protein and other vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Chicken is also a fantastic choice to feed a Goldendoodle because it is economical, and many a household has chicken in the refrigerator or freezer on a daily basis.
You’ll find a lot of recommendations online from vets and trainers suggesting that you use chicken as a snack during training to keep your Goldendoodle interested in the activity. Salmon and eggs are also often recommended, but chicken is a low-mess, low-odor option.
Any single food in large amounts can be bad for your Goldendoodle’s health.
Compared with other proteins on the market that a Goldendoodle can eat in homemade dog food, it is easy to prepare and has very little fat, which for most of us, dogs included, is very healthy.
When we combine all the chicken benefits for a Goldendoodle, it is easy to see why it is a healthy staple in homemade dog food and treats. Chicken is easily digested, lean, economical, easy to prepare, versatile, and well-liked by dogs of every breed.
Goldendoodles can be notorious for having sensitive stomachs and digestive issues. This can make it hard for Goldendoodle parents to find human foods that they love and their stomachs love too.
This issue happens to be true when those Goldendoodle parents want to prepare homemade dog food themselves. Thankfully chicken comes to the rescue as a lean protein that can be easily digested by those dogs that suffer from sensitive stomachs.
Many Goldendoodle parents opt for commercial dog foods that take the guesswork out of feeding their busy schedules. This can be both good and bad depending on the brand and nutritional value of what’s inside the can or bag.
Whether the Goldendoodle parents select commercial or homemade, chicken is always a good option due to its digestibility.
When buying or making dog food or treats, protein should always be the top ingredient in Goldendoodle food to promote good health and create wellness through nutrition. Goldendoodles need protein and plenty of it in their diet. That being said, chicken is an economical source of protein that lends itself well to many varied recipes due to its versatility.
What Foods Shouldn’t I Feed My Goldendoodle?
While Goldendoodles are prone to sensitive stomachs (just like their Poodle and Golden Retriever parents), they do not have any additional allergies compared to other breeds. Avoid the usual poisonous foods, including:
- Grapes and raisins
- Sugar or artificial sweeteners
- Fruit pits and seeds
What makes eating chicken the right choice for a Goldendoodles sensitive stomach?
What makes eating chicken the right choice for a Goldendoodles sensitive stomach is that it is a lean and bland protein source.
While some Goldendoodles may not tolerate beef or other proteins because they are rich in fat, tough, or slow to digest, chicken, on the other hand, is an easily digestible protein source that is bland, lean on fat.
If prepared correctly, it can have a buttery, smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture without needing the addition of sauces, spices, or herbs to make it more palatable.
With the right recipe, chicken can be very flavorful and tempting for a dog that also wants to feel like they are eating what their human family is or what is being served at the dinner table.
Chicken is also a protein that can be used in various ways to create dog treats, frozen pupsicles, mini dinners, and cookies, to name a few.
The internet offers a wide variety of recipe resources for making homemade dog treats and other menu items for beloved pups everywhere!
Can I feed my Goldendoodle raw chicken?
In recent years many dog owners have begun to feed their dogs a raw foods diet, which some believe to be the best dog food for their overall health and well-being.
Despite this change in dietary feeding practices, consuming raw foods is still considered risky due to bacterial infections from the bacteria that can be present in raw foods. Bacteria like salmonella can cause severe illness and digestive distress in dogs like the Goldendoodle, who have a sensitive stomach to begin with.
While there is the potential for foodborne illness, the raw food trend has some pet parents choosing a raw food diet for themselves and their dogs. For a dog, despite the potential for foodborne illness, raw foods may help provide the Goldendoodle with a well-rounded nutritional diet designed for their body, similar to what their ancestors might have eaten on occasion.
More research is needed to determine which diet or another approach is superior for dogs.
If a raw foods diet is decided against, feeding a Goldendoodle plain chicken that has been roasted, grilled, baked, or poached is best. Seasonings and sauces should be left off the chicken since many spices, herbs, and sauces can be harmful to a Goldendoodle with all the added ingredients and potential chemicals if store-bought.
Serving chicken as part of a dinner with perhaps a grain like rice and and vegetables like carrots or broccoli on the side can make them feel like they are dining at a fine restaurant!
Can a Goldendoodle be allergic to chicken?
Yes. Some dogs are allergic to chicken. When introducing it into a Goldendoodles diet, it is best to proceed with caution until you see how the dog reacts to it. If no adverse reactions are detected after a couple of days to a week, it is safe to assume that they are not allergic to chicken and can happily enjoy it as part of their healthy diet.
True allergies in dogs, regardless of breed, are rare. Many people can be confused by these terms. A Goldendoodle or other dog breed will often have a food sensitivity or intolerance rather than an actual food allergy.
If a food allergy is suspected, only a veterinarian can diagnose this condition. Keeping a journal of what the Goldendoodle eats throughout the day can help the veterinarian discover if it is a bonafide food allergy.
What are the signs of food allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity to chicken in a Goldendoodle?
The signs of a food allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity to chicken in a Goldendoodle include:
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss
- Lack of energy
- Hyperactive behavior
These are just a few of the signs of a food allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity to chicken or another food source in a Goldendoodle.
It must also be said that true food allergies are not as common as once thought. Many instances of problems or health issues with a particular food, like chicken for a Goldendoodle, can be considered to be a food sensitivity or intolerance.
The difference between a food allergy and food intolerance or sensitivity is with the immune system. For a Goldendoodle that eats chicken and has a true food allergy, there would be an immune response, whereas a food sensitivity or intolerance wouldn’t have the immune response.
For a Goldendoodle with a true actual food allergy, the reaction is sudden, whereas intolerance or sensitivity is slower and more gradual. Sensitivity or intolerance will present itself as diarrhea or vomiting and itchy skin or frequent or chronic infections.
The above-listed signs or symptoms can also mean other health problems unrelated to a Goldendoodle eating chicken and must be discussed with their veterinarian. Keeping a journal that lists the foods eaten and any additional but pertinent information can help uncover the cause of these symptoms the dog is suffering.
If I am going to feed my Goldendoodle chicken, can it be on the bone?
This answer depends on if the chicken is raw or cooked. Raw chicken bones are okay for a Goldendoodle to eat. Cooked chicken bones can become brittle, which can cause them to splinter.
If a bone splinters, it can injure the dog seriously and, in some cases, be life-threatening.
This is true of any bone, lamb, beef, pork, or chicken, any bone that is cooked has the potential to become dangerous when a dog ingests it. If eating bones is something the dog appreciates, raw bones it is.
While eating a nutritional diet is the foundation of any healthy lifestyle, chicken is always a healthy choice for dogs or humans.
This protein is lean and easy for Goldendoodles to digest, which promotes good health and long life. Aside from that, there are numerous ways to offer this protein while keeping it entertaining to the Goldendoodles palette.
Can anyone say homemade chicken biscuits or corny-pup chicken?