Want to know if your Jack Russell is okay to eat chicken? and also the possible signs of allergies to look out for. We all know that chicken is usually one of the main ingredients in several dog food brands on the market, so it’s good know!

Jack Russells can eat chicken; however, all dogs are unique and have different dietary requirements. There is a tiny percentage of possible allergies in dogs linked to chicken to consider. However, most dogs can eat chicken with no problems, and it’s an essential food for them to eat.

We always assume that all dogs can eat chicken since most of their dog food has chicken in it, but this isn’t always the case; your dog could be allergic to chicken. To eliminate if the chicken is a problem within their diet, you need to complete an elimination diet program. This will help you understand if your Jack Russell can or can’t eat chicken.

Cooked Chicken
Cooked Chicken

Jack Russell Chicken Allergy Symptoms

  • Sore eyes like discharge or itchiness
  • Loss of fur, patchy or thinning
  • Inflammation of the ears
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Coughing
  • Bad tummy
  • Runny Poos
  • Wheezing

As you can see, there are many possible Jack Russell symptoms of food allergies. If your dog is displaying any of these, you must consult your vet. Your vet can help with their diet and begin an elimination food program with your dog.

Other foods that most commonly cause an allergic reaction in dogs are:

  • Dairy Products
  • Grains
  • Beef
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Some fish
  • Lamb
  • Chicken eggs

Raw Chicken

Since the dog originated from the grey wolf thousands of years ago, they would have eaten raw meat, including chicken, in the wild, with no problems. They are built to eat raw chicken, but it’s not encouraged. They have a higher level of acidity in their stomachs, and this gives them protection from bacteria. Unlike us humans, we don’t have the same levels of stomach acids as dogs do. That’s why if we eat raw chicken, it can lead to food poisoning. Raw chicken can be riddled with bacteria and pathogens, especially if not kept sterile. Feeding a dog un-cooked chicken never has sat right with me. If you decide to give them raw chicken, please make sure it is of the freshest date and stored correctly, and only a few of the pieces sized below.

Chunks of raw chopped up chicken chunks on chopping board
Raw Chicken

Chicken Bones

Don’t ever give your Jack Russell chicken bones. It’s a choking hazard, especially since they are hollow bones and can be split into tiny sharp pieces when chewing. If your feeding your dog chicken, make sure you check for bones before letting them tuck in. The chicken bones tend to get stuck in the throat of any dog, so avoid them at all costs.

Chicken bones and a message saying never give your dog chicken bones
Never give your dog chicken bones

Chicken Skin

Dogs can eat a tiny amount of chicken skin as long as there haven’t been any flavourings added, such as salt, paprika, garlic, and any other herbs and spices. Plain skin is always the safer option since some of these are bad for there health and may cause damage.

Chicken Eggs

Yes, dogs can eat chicken eggs in moderation. Chicken eggs are a good protein source and contain many essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, iron, and zinc. They are also a good source of choline, which is vital for brain health.

What’s the best way to cook chicken for my dog?

If you want to give your dog a little treat, the best way to serve them chicken is by boiling small chunks. It’s the most natural way to cook it. It might seem bland to us, but it’s very yummy to dogs, keeps all the natural nutrients in, and you don’t need to use any oil.

Cooked boiled Chicken pieces in black tray
Cooked boiled Chicken pieces

Safest And Healthiest Way To Cook Chicken For A Dog

Boil some water in a pan; when boiled, place in the chicken and make sure that the chicken is fully covered with water. Depending on the size of the chicken, the time can vary between 10 and 30 minutes. It should be white all the way through when cooked. Leave to cool and check that there aren’t any bones, then serve.

Jack Russell Eating out of food bowl
Jack Russells love to eat boiled chicken

Dog Not Eating

Chicken will help a dog that’s not eating, it’s easy on the digestive system of a dog, and it may tempt them to eat since chicken smells so good to a dog—just a few pieces at a time. If your dog continues not to eat, contact your vet. If your dog is a fussy eater, see the article here that I wrote on how to deal with fussy eaters.

Related Questions:

Is it normal for dogs to have food allergies?

It is usual for dogs to have allergies, just like us humans. It’s down to us to figure out which ones and eliminate them from their diet.

My dog has a chicken allergy. Can they eat turkey?

These are two completely different types of meat. Just because your dog has a chicken allergy does not mean they have allergies to turkey.

Can my Jack Russell eat beef?

Yes, dogs can eat beef but in moderation. Beef is a good source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Ensure that the beef you feed them has been plainly cooked and that no added spices or herbs, as some of these can be toxic to dogs and can damage their health.

What to feed a dog that is allergic to chicken?

Many dog foods do not contain chicken, such as lamb, beef, fish, and vegetarian options; check the back of the label for a more detailed list to ensure chicken isn’t listed anywhere.

Puppy and chicken
My puppy sitting nicely, waiting for a piece of chicken


We love our Jack Russells, and we want what is best for them. by understanding that allergies can play a big part in your dog’s diet, you can find out if the chicken is okay for them. In general, we know that Jack Russells can eat chicken, but remember, a percentage of dogs can suffer from chicken allergies. Remember to check with your vet if your dog is displaying any possible symptoms listed. If your dog is allergy-free from chicken, it is a tasty, healthy diet for them and is best served boiled.

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