Can Dogs with Chicken Allergies Eat Duck Meat?

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Unfortunately, dogs are also prone to developing poultry allergies and one of the most common incidents when this can happen is with chicken meat. This can be slightly frustrating for the dog owner as chicken is a common meat used across popular dog wet food brands.

One common question we get is whether it is okay for dogs with chicken allergies to eat duck meat. The answer is: it depends. Your vet will know best based on your dog’s medical history. It’s best to consult with the vet first before you decide whether it is safe for your dog to eat duck meat.

What we do know is that duck meat is sometimes used as an alternative poultry for dogs with chicken or even turkey allergies. This is due to the fact that duck meat has a lower incidence of allergic reactions. While this isn’t specific to dogs, one study found that duck and goose meat cause milder or no symptoms compared to chicken and turkey meat.

Every dog is different though so make sure you check with the vet first before you introduce any duck meat to the dog’s diet. Dogs that suffer from poultry allergy will start to display symptoms like skin rashes, coughing, and excessive licking.

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