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Is it safe for dogs to eat raw chicken?

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Raw chicken is safe for dogs. Many people feed raw chicken as a major component of their dog's diet. The digestive system of dogs is designed to handle bacteria-laden raw foods.

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Studies have never documented a case of a dog becoming ill from salmonella. However, 30 percent of dogs fed raw chicken were found to shed salmonella in their feces, suggesting that humans need to exercise strict hygienic precautions when handling the stool of dogs fed raw chicken. Of course, people also need to exercise strict hygienic precautions when handling raw chicken whether for cooking or for feeding to dogs. Surfaces and hands should be washed thoroughly.

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