When we have the idea to start some raw diet, chicken meat plays a role quite important, thanks to be a protein with a high digestibly. Which makes it a good choice to introduce in a a new raw diet to our dogs and cats, and good enough to be part of our meals in the future. That is the reason why I’ve decided to focus this fist weekly food review on it, a adaptable meat that helps with many of our pets.
Chicken meat also are available in most of our countries over all year, here in the South Europe has a great variety of them, and we can buy it whole or by pieces at local markets, specialised stores o supermarkets, commonly with a good price. But this depends of the breed too, when had been sacrificed, or if it is organic or eco. Here we have landas or lumagorri chicken, both high-priced than others.
Some other aspect to notice for us, chicken has a high value not only by their meat, the offal and other parts less attractive are appreciated for their nutritional value: it could be the liver, heart, gizzard, lung…
About chicken’s offal, look for you area because offal isn’t always a thing easier to buy, so it is interesting to find someone or some special poultry store to provide you during all year, including summer months, where offal can be difficult to find due to the high temperature.
You could see in the following image a simply nutritional value guide, which provides important information to compare every animal protein.
*This values are a shown, to guide us, we have to know that it will variations depending if we talk about with or without skin or bones, bur more important the nutritional value will be affected by the quality of the chicken, how they lived, their food, and breed.
An important issue to have in mind is that a whole chicken can give is multiple parts and custom cuts that seem properer to our pets depending their size, and adapt to the diet or their nutritional requirements. This one be composition can vary if we chose for example a chicken quarter with bone or a simple breast.
Breast, wing, neck, carcass, thigh, drumstick or all its offal are the cuts we can find and without doubt will be part of our pet diet.
Over that, I would like specify because it is fundamental to understand that the most important isn’t only give a diversity of animal proteins, it is important give different cuts too, so it is not the same as we’ve told before a breast than a thigh or a neck than a wing, so we have different nutritional values like fats, potassium or haemoglobin, for example.
We think the most recommendable to start are obviously the chicken breast, is a basic to introduce our pet in this kind of nutrition. Carcass (with a good part of meat around), n
In near future we could introduce other chicken parts as thighs and only at the end, if your dog or cat jaw allows give the toughest parts of chicken, as drumstick.
We have to consider also every pet, and think if this attractive wing is a good idea for your furry friend. For example we don’t feed with wings or chicken necks to our mastiff, it will more appropriate some carcasses o tights, or vice versa, to our toy dog or cat maybe a carcass it is too big or a drumstick will be so tough so try better with a cut wing or a neck.
Another question is with or without skin, what it better? We prefer include skin with meat, due to his content in fatty acids Omega 6, and chicken in in major part is lean without it.
About pets with some kind of phosphorous restriction (such cases of kidney disease) o limit the calcium intake in diet, we can feed with breast, but with wings of others parts removing the bones and leaving only meat, in that form we could see when we separate meat how different is depending the part of the body in a same animal.
Intolerance and allergic pets
You can consider that point a little controversial about the chicken protein. Nowadays too much pets are diagnosed as chicken allergic or has some type of intolerance to poultry, but in part these pets are feeding with dry food so they don’t eat chicken meat really, they eat sub products, like flours, and not all cases the pet show symptoms when eat fresh chicken meat, so what can you do? well, first of all look for a good specialist or veterinarian experienced in these questions to help your pet with the allergy, but with the diet too.
Don’t worry in any case if your furry friend has a diagnosed allergy, there is a solution, and two good alternatives for you may be turkey or rabbit protein.
Our best recommendations:
A good diet is one with variety rich in proteins and other essential macro and micro nutrients.
- A diet with a same cut of meat or a same kind of food every day is something to avoid, in this particular case there isn’t good only feed with necks (thyroids is placed there and there is a bone relations bigger than other parts) specially if they come from intense animal farming trying with the idea to reduce the hormonal charge in that animals or giving less of it. Why we can limit us having more interesting and nutritive chicken cuts?
- The chicken offal are good in many ways, between offal of other animals, the better ones are from small animal with a short lifespan, their filter organs as kidney or liver didn’t work as big animals, and didn’t accumulated the same amount of toxins. Better in case of ecological ones or almost non intense animal farming, but every kind of offal needs its detailed review.
- In last place, my last recommendation if you have can, almost sometimes, it is a good idea to buy a free range chicken, or better from ecologic breeding,, feeding with grain… when you see it the meat, its color, texture, you will recognise the difference and for your pet will has a high nutritional value. Also, you could buy a whole chicken and will enjoy of every part, minced, with bone or without it, as you prefer.