My Dog Ate Fried Chicken – What Should I Do Now?

If you love fried chicken, then your dog probably does too. But if they’ve already eaten some of it, and are now vomiting or having diarrhea, you need to know what to do next.

Is Fried Chicken OK For Dogs?

No, generally fried chicken is not OK for dogs. It can be dangerous for them.

While a small amount of cooked chicken is OK for your dog to eat, there are things that can make it toxic. These include:

Too much salt or MSG – Both of these ingredients are not good for dogs in any amount.

Grease – The grease from frying chicken may cause pancreatitis in some dogs. This is because they don’t have gallbladders and need extra care when digesting fats.

What Happens If A Dog Eats Fried Chicken?

dog with fried chicken in front

Some of the signs include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, lack of energy, and excessive thirst. 

If you see new symptoms developing after eating the chicken or experience any changes in your dog’s behavior, take them to their veterinarian immediately.

How Bad Are The Side Effects?

Not that great. Vomiting and diarrhea can occur because of the grease, salt, and MSG in fried chicken. 

Because dogs are hypersensitive to different smells (like that of chicken), they may become nauseated if they accidentally ingest some.

What Are Some Other Side Effects?

dog is sick

Besides vomiting and diarrhea, other symptoms of poisoning in dogs include:

  • Convulsions
  • Lethargy
  • Coma
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to walk
  • Defecating blood
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst

Any of these signs mean that your dog needs emergency medical care.

Can Dogs Eat Fried Chicken Bones?

Although your dog may like chewing on bones, they should never have access to chicken bones (or any other type of poultry bone). 

Not only are they sharp and hard for pups to break through their gums, but they also have thick tendons attached to them which when chewed by your dog will pull out pieces of their teeth with them! 

If you must give them something to chew on (make sure it’s not something dangerous), try doing so under supervision and make sure that they don’t swallow any pieces of the treat or bone.

Can Dogs Eat Fried Chicken Skin?

Yes, dogs can eat fried chicken skin as long as it doesn’t have too much grease on it. 

The skin should be crispy enough for them to easily breakthrough with their teeth; otherwise, you just may end up getting a text saying that your pup is now suffering from diarrhea or vomiting. 

However, you need to give your dog only small amounts of the skin because they contain high-fat content which in turn makes them unhealthy for dogs to eat regularly. 

So use moderation when serving your pup some fried chicken with their favorite side dish!

Can Dogs Eat Fried Chicken Without Skin?

As mentioned above, dogs can eat fried chicken without skin as long as it doesn’t have too much grease on it. 

This is probably the best option for your dog since they tend to like the skin anyway so you may as well feed them something healthier than the skin if possible!

How Do I Get Rid Of The Grease?

To get rid of some of the extra greases in your pantry, grab a paper towel and place it onto a plate with about 1/8 inch of hot water on top. 

Soak up any extra grease from your fried chicken by swiping off some pieces into the toilet (if you’re not going to be feeding them to your pup). 

The leftover grease from the chicken can then go straight into the trash after and make sure that you never feed your dog any.

How Do I Get Rid Of The Chicken Smell?

You can remove almost all traces of chicken smell from your puppy’s nose by brushing them, giving them a bath, or even taking a walk with him. 

Don’t forget to clean his teeth afterward – although not directly, but by licking his own toothpaste (any flavor). Otherwise, there are also sprays and shampoos on the market which can help mask the scent as well. 

If you don’t use either of these methods above, then your dog may get sick since they won’t be able to tell just how bad fried chicken is for them!

How Much Fried Chicken Can A Dog Eat?

A small amount of fried chicken is fine for your pup.  

What makes fried chicken unhealthy for dogs is the high quantity of salt, MSG, and fat content in it – plus they don’t really need to consume too much of these food items since their natural diet contains more than enough. 

However, if your dog does accidentally eat some, just take them to the vet immediately and tell them what has happened. Don’t let this happen again as over-consumption of it will lead to digestive issues like vomiting or diarrhea. 

Once you have done all that you can do (visit the vet), then wait for the side effects to go away before giving your dog another taste of fried chicken. 

But if diarrhea and vomiting last more than 24 hours, take them to the vet immediately again.

Is My Dog Poisoned From Eating Fried Chicken?

Usually yes! Fried foods tend to be high in fat and sodium levels plus many dogs are allergic to them anyway. Yet, they’re tasty and many people love the taste too so you can’t blame your pup for eating some! 

It’s everyone else that needs to take responsibility for keeping these foods away from their dogs at all times because it has been proven that even small amounts of food can be dangerous to a dog’s health in the long term. 

If your dog accidentally eats some, just take them to the vet immediately before any damage comes along with it!

What To Do If My Dog Ate Fried Chicken?

If your dog has eaten some fried chicken, then you need to do the following: 

  1. Take a look at his waste output (see if there is any blood). 
  2. Monitor his behavior. 
  3. Observe him closely for vomiting or other signs of illness. 
  4. Get them to their veterinarian immediately if anything changes. 

In most cases, though, eating a little bit of fried chicken won’t hurt your pup at all – but don’t make a habit of it. 

Remember that dogs aren’t supposed to eat whatever they want, whenever they want – and this is doubly true for fried chicken.

What Will The Vet Do?

dog with the vet

After taking your dog’s pulse, temperature, and doing an examination on your pet, the veterinarian may want to run a few tests. 

These include blood work, urinalysis, and fecal exam. The doctor will also prescribe some medication if they can. 

If your dog is experiencing nausea or vomiting as a result of eating fried chicken, then you can purchase some anti-nausea medication for dogs from the pharmacy.

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Eating Fried Chicken?

The long-term effects will be determined by how much they ate in the first place so let the vet know if they got sicker after the initial visit to the vet. 

If it turns out that your dog has eaten more than a little bit of fried chicken (more than half their body weight), then taking them to an emergency room is necessary – and get any type of opinion concerning whether surgery is needed on your pup too! 

It may sound strange, but even tiny amounts of food have been shown to cause stomach ruptures in dogs – and they will require surgery if this happens.

This is why you should never leave food lying around for your pets to eat, especially fried chicken!

How Can This Situation Be Avoided?

Never give your pup fried food, especially fried chicken! It may not be the healthiest choice of food for dogs because of its grease content and salt, plus there are other ingredients in it that aren’t meant for pups. 

Prevent this situation from happening by keeping all cooked meat away from your four-legged friend. 

If they do steal some, then you should be there to stop them as much as possible. 

Keep an eye on your pup and never leave a piece of food that is too close to falling on the floor because if they reach it, then they will eat it in no time.

If you happen to see any unsavory food lying around for your dog to eat, clean it up immediately! 

Whether or not your pup gets sick from eating some fried chicken, another dog may die because of someone’s negligence. 

Remember that when pets get sick from eating junk food i.e., trash foods, the owner will be held responsible ​and this can lead to huge vet bills depending on what condition they are in after being rushed around everywhere! 

Your pet may not die but this is still a huge cause of concern among dog owners so make sure you look after your pet at all times!


Do you have any questions about what to do if your dog accidentally ate some fried chicken? If so, feel free to ask them in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

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