Can Dogs Have Rotisserie Chicken?

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Written by: Celestine Gomez
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Out of the many food options that we can offer our dogs, rotisserie chicken seems to be one of the most favored options. It’s a great addition to a dog’s diet plan as it’s quite nutritious.

Before I decided to serve my dog rotisserie chicken, there were a few questions and concerns that I had to look up first to ensure a healthy and enjoyable meal for my dog.

That said, in this article, I’m going to cover all you need to know about whether or not dogs can have rotisserie chicken. Let’s get started!

Can Dogs Have Rotisserie Chicken?

Rotisserie chicken is lean meat, which is the primary ingredient in any healthy diet plan for dogs. So, yes, dogs can have rotisserie chicken.

Rotisserie chicken is packed with protein, is easy for a dog to digest, and offers a lot of nutrients that can help keep your dog’s coat bright and healthy.

Can Rotisserie Chicken Be a Regular Meal for Dogs?

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Although rotisserie chicken is full of nutrients that are healthy for dogs, it can’t be the only meal they eat on a daily basis. A healthy dog diet plan should contain both lean protein and complex carbohydrates.

If you wish to keep rotisserie chicken as your dog’s main meal, you should make sure it’s made with vegetables and grains. This will ensure that your dog gets a complete and healthy meal.

Can Rotisserie Chicken Replace Dry Food?

Although dry food ensures that your dog gets all the nutrients they need, it’s still not as healthy as a full meal of rotisserie chicken with grains and vegetables.

If you want to avoid the heavily processed products in dry food, you can go ahead and swap it out for a healthier meal of rotisserie chicken!

Is Rotisserie Chicken Skin Harmful to Dogs?

For multiple reasons, the answer is yes.

Skin is full of fats with little nutrients to compensate. This could result in weight gain problems. So, unless approved by your vet, avoid keeping the skin of the rotisserie chicken.

Another reason the skin can be harmful to your dog is that it might be burnt. If you don’t look closely for these burnt spots on the skin, you may put your dog in danger as it’s hard to digest.

Is Rotisserie Chicken Bones Harmful to Your Dog?

The answer is yes. Your dog eating rotisserie chicken bones is both risky and harmful.

Cooked chicken is known to have tougher bones that can break into little sharp pieces that can be dangerous to chew and swallow, which could put your dog at risk.

That said, make sure to remove the bones before offering rotisserie chicken to your dog.

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken for Your Dog at Home?

Since it’s healthier for your dog to eat plain rotisserie chicken, a lot of dog owners find it better to cook it at home.c

If you’d rather cook the rotisserie chicken for your dog at home to ensure premium quality and to avoid anything that might harm your dog, we’ve got you covered!

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To cook it at home, follow these instructions carefully:

  • If cooked in an oven, avoid adding butter and minimize oils as much as you can.
  • Avoid gravy, sauces, and sugar as they can be harmful to your dog.
  • Remove bones and skin to avoid health implications.
  • If you’d like to add flavors, stick with light herbs or some lemons.
  • Don’t serve it hot, as it might burn your dog.
  • Shred the meat into little pieces to help your dog chew and digest easier.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then cook the chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.

Probable Dangers of Rotisserie Chicken for Your Dog

Unfortunately, feeding your dog rotisserie chicken on a regular basis isn’t always favorable. The most common danger to feeding your dog rotisserie chicken too often is dog diarrhea.

There are two reasons that make your dog’s tummy get sick after such a meal. The first reason is the rotisserie chicken being a little rotten. Some dogs can handle slightly rotten meat, but not all of them can digest it properly.

Secondly, if this is the first time your dog eats rotisserie chicken and they eat too much of it, it can upset their stomach seeing as it’s not used to this type of food.

So, make sure you know the exact portions you should introduce to your dog the first time to avoid dog diarrhea.

There are also other dangers that can be connected to eating rotisserie chicken, including:

  • Kidney issues if there’s too much sodium in the chicken for your dog to handle
  • Weight gain if you didn’t remove the skin as it contains lots of unhealthy fats
  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Coughing
  • Breathing issues

If your dog gets any of these symptoms, you need to consult your vet immediately!

In Summary

  • Dogs can and would love to have rotisserie chicken if it’s cooked as plain as possible
  • If rotisserie chicken is cooked alongside some vegetables and grains, it would be a great alternative to dry food and can be fed regularly to your dog
  • You need to get rid of the skin and bones of the rotisserie chicken before giving it to your dog to avoid harmful health implications
  • If your dog experienced unusual symptoms after trying rotisserie chicken, make sure you contact the vet to avoid further sickness


Can You Feed Your Sick Dog Rotisserie Chicken?

If your dog is having digestive problems and they’ve never had rotisserie chicken before, avoid serving it. In fact, you should avoid serving your sick dog any new food.

Stick to what your dog is more comfortable with and used to eating and make sure your vet is aware of the situation to help you with the dog diet plan you should be serving.

Is Rotisserie Chicken Bad for Puppies?

Since puppies under the age of 1 haven’t fully developed their digestive systems, it’s advised to not feed them rotisserie chicken to avoid dog diarrhea and other health issues.

Is Rotisserie Chicken Safe for Pregnant Dogs?

It’s not the safest option to give rotisserie chicken to your pregnant pooch as it may contain high levels of sodium that can be harmful to the pregnant dog and its offspring.

Stick to the safer options and consult your vet before making new food decisions.

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Celestine Gomez

I'm Celestine Gomez, worked for 5 years in an animal shelter in Los Angeles, California. Having noticed the inherent passion and zeal in me to care for pets, I took a step further to create a team of I and like-minded individuals to provide an informative resource in order to broaden the knowledge base of a regular pet owners.