Can Dogs Eat Chicken Gristles and Cartilage? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

In general, dog owners need to be careful when they feed their dog bones or parts around the bone. Chicken bone, for example, should never be given to dogs because they will easily shatter and the resulting sharp edges of the bone pieces may cause lacerations in the dog’s stomach or intestinal tract.

The chicken gristle and cartilage are a bit of a grey area. Unlike bones, cartilage consists of soft and flexible tissue so it doesn’t introduce the same laceration risks as bones do. The cartilage, however, may still pose a choking hazard if dogs swallow without chewing the pieces.

Some articles state that chicken cartilage is beneficial to dogs because it’s a natural source of glucosamine and the texture of the cartilage makes it easy for dogs to clean their teeth. There is likely to be some level of truth there but we believe the risks of eating cartilage outweighs the benefits it provides, especially when there are plenty of safer alternatives available.

Chicken gristles and cartilage aren’t the only parts of the chicken you may need to be cautious of. Here are some other human foods that dogs should avoid eating without the proper preparation.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


  • Jess | 26/11/2021

    If the risks are “your dog isn’t chewing it enough” then get a control feeder or cut it into smaller pieces. This article makes it sound more unsafe than it really is.

  • Tony | 28/11/2021

    In the older days when dog feeds were not available, I wonder if dogs were starved to death. The author assumes that dogs don’t have teeth to chew on anything natural but artificial foods, which is totally wrong. Dogs are carnivorous and their original and basic food sources are small animals.

  • poul | 07/04/2022

    don you think somebody com and cook the chicken liver for the dog in the wild before the dogs can eat it raw liver is good for dogs

  • Mandy | 07/08/2022

    Raw or nearly raw beef liver, I’m sure is safe, however, I’m not so sure the same is true for chicken liver. But I’m no expert, either… 🤷🏻‍♀️

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