Chicken meat might be a popular ingredient in pet food, but have you ever considered feeding your dog chicken feet?
Although somewhat odd to look at, chicken feet are full of health benefits. In fact, they are a delicacy in many Asian countries. But now, more and more pet parents are discovering these 100% natural dog treats. Available in both regular and giant sizes, chicken feet make highly nutritious and eco-friendly chews for all different breeds.
Luckily, dogs don’t need to live on a farm to enjoy chicken feet!
Only One Treats is here to explain why chicken feet could be a wonderful addition to your dog’s diet.
What are Chicken Feet?
So, what makes chicken feet edible?
Chicken feet are precisely what they sound like – the tendons, skin, and cartilage found on the feet of a chicken. For dogs, they are dried or dehydrated. This gives them a delightful crunchy and crumbly texture.
Here at Only One Treats, our chicken feet are 100% Canadian-made.
3 Health Benefits of Chicken Feet for Dogs
Of course, chicken feet might not be the first idea that pops into your head when shopping for dog treats.
After all, they do look a little startling at first glance!
Yet, according to researchers at UGM Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, serving up chicken feet is a great way to add valuable vitamins and nutrients (minus harmful growth hormones or antibiotics) to your dog’s meals. Mentally, chewing on chicken feet also relieves boredom, keeps pooches busy, and is a flavourful training reward.
Here are a couple of other reasons why dogs love chowing down on tasty chicken feet.
High in Protein
First, it can be difficult to find treats that are low in calories but high in protein. Since obesity is the most preventable disease in dogs, it’s unfortunate that more than 50% of dogs are overweight.
That’s where chicken feet come in.
Unlike other processed meaty dog treats, Only One Treat's guaranteed nutritional analysis for chicken feet promises a crude protein of at least 49%. Pet MD tells us that protein should account for 8% of diet, based on weight of an adult dog. Ours chews are made with only one ingredient – the foot itself. That means no extra calories beyond the 4.1 kcal/g each.
If weight gain is a worry, try chicken feet!
Improves Joint Health
Another reason to “cluck” for joy?
Chicken feet are one of the best food-based ways to improve your dog’s overall joint health. Canine nutritionists have found them to be beneficial for uncomfortable conditions, including arthritis and hip dysplasia.
The secret lies in two key nutrients: Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
Together, these lubricate and rebuild cartilage around joints, soothe inflammation, and aid mobility. Studies show that the average chicken foot contains up to 450 mg of glucosamine. Therefore, they are an affordable, natural, and safe way to treat joint and mobility issues in dogs.
Great for Dental Hygiene
As if that wasn’t convincing enough, there is one last benefit of chicken feet for dogs…their oral health.
Chicken feet are like toothbrushes. The ridged texture and elongated shape help to scrape away plaque and tartar, reducing the likelihood of gum disease and cavities.
Are Chicken Feet Safe for Dogs?
Chicken feet are highly digestible. Puppies over the age of 3 months, adults, and senior dogs can all enjoy the benefits and yummy taste of chicken feet. Just be careful not to overdo it. Feed in moderation. One or two feet per day is ideal.
Fun fact: Cats can munch on them too!
Ready to See What Everyone Is Barking About?
Only One Treat's bestselling chicken feet are an all-natural way to boost protein intake and improve joint and teeth health at the same time.
Discover your dog's new favourite chew today!