Are raw (boneless) chicken breasts a health hazard for dogs?

My dog jumped up on the counter and ate at least two raw, skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Are there any health warning signs I should be on the lookout for, or should expect?

Asked by Christina

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Good question Christina. Your dog wouldn't be the only one to pinch food when the opportunity arose. My boys are also guilty of that.

Raw chicken can be contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. However, the fact that your dog ate raw chicken meat doesn’t necessarily mean that they will get sick. With many of these bacteria, dogs need to swallow a large number to become unwell. The risk of illness is greater in dogs with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy. The process of preparing meat for human consumption is also much more stringent than for pet meat so one would expect lower levels of bacterial contamination.

Keep an eye on your dog for any signs of gastrointestinal illness such as vomiting or diarrhea and have them treated straight away. Also, be stringent with hygiene – these bacteria can be shed by infected dogs and may make people sick too.
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