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Can Dogs Eat Raw Steak? Is it Safe! | Puppy FAQS

Can Dogs Eat Raw Steak? Is it Safe!

can dogs eat raw steak

Are you wondering if your dog can eat raw steak? The answer is a resounding YES. Beef is an excellent source of protein, healthy fats regardless of cooked or raw.

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Yes, dogs can eat raw steak. Beef is high in protein and an excellent nutritional source cooked or raw.


Some pet owners are don't want to give their dogs commercial dry or wet dog food and prefer to provide them with raw or home cooked food. If you have the time and patience, your dog will benefit from not getting processed foods.

Let's take a look at some of the Pros & Cons of eating raw beef:

can dogs eat raw steak

Yes, raw beef are safe for your dog to eat. As long as you take a few precautions, raw beef is an excellent source of protein and nutrients.

Always clean up after eating immediately and try to keep your dog to eat in one location. This makes it much easier to sanitize the area. I keep my bowls in a dog tray, so the food never touches the floor.

What Raw Meats are Unsafe for a Dog to Eat?

Raw fish and pork are unsafe for dogs to eat. Uncooked fish may contain flukes and pork may have trichinosis which is a dangerous roundworm. Pork cooked or raw is not safe and should be never be given to your pet.

Cooked or raw beef, lamb, and turkey are safe meats to feed your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Ground Beef?

Raw ground beef puts your dog at risk of salmonella, bacterial contamination that can lead to gastrointestinal problems. Never feed your dog raw ground beef.

Risks of Eating Raw Steak

can dogs eat raw steak

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), raw and undercooked meat can contain various bacteria and pathogens, such as salmonella and listeria, that pose risks to dogs and the people around them.

The risk of a raw food diet for dogs is riskier to humans and can be lessened by cleaning your pets food dish immediately after feeding. Dogs are less likely to be affected by the bacteria in raw meat but are carriers that can be passed to humans.

Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

Salmonella poisoning is a risk for dogs that eat contaminated raw ground beef or incorrectly processed dog food. Every year there are health announcements from dog food manufacturers that a specific tainted batch. Check out this link to Petful.com dog food recall list for 2018.

Symptoms may include:

  • High fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

Benefits of the Raw Dog Food Diet

can dogs eat raw steak

Proponents of raw food diet for dogs claim several advantages of a raw food diet. You will have to judge for yourself.

Potential Benefits:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller stools

Are Bones Safe For My Dog?

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If you plan on giving your dog the steak bone, you should cut the bone out before grilling. Raw steak bones are safer for your dog, where cooked bones can be brittle, having a chance of splintering while being chewed on. Never give your dog chicken bones.

Chewing on a bone is a stimulating activity for a dog which releases endorphins, promoting a feeling of well-being. Chewing also prevents tartar build up.

Depending on your dog's oral health, they may be at risk of chipping a tooth while chewing on a bone. If this is a concern, consult your local Vet.

Is Cooked Steak Healthier for my Dog?

can dogs eat raw steak

Sharing some of your cooked, grilled steaks with your dog is perfectly ok. Just beware that some spices like garlic are toxic to dogs and should be avoided. I'd suggest you cut off a small piece before adding any seasonings if you plan to give it to your puppy.

Cooking to medium-well or well-done is recommended. Allow it to cool after grilling and cut into small treat size bites is better than giving your pet the whole steak. Again, there is no need to add any spices as your dog will love the flavor.

Final Thoughts: Can Dogs Eat Raw Steak?

Giving your pet raw steak provides plenty of protein and vitamins eliminating the need to supplement their diet. Don't give your dog uncooked fish which may contain flukes or pork which may have trichinosis which is a dangerous roundworm.

Sharing your cooked steak with your pooch is totally safe and is one of the best human foods that are ok to share.

Raw meat is not recommended for puppies, dogs with kidney or liver failure, or dogs with cancer.

I hope I've answered the question, "can dogs eat raw steak?" to your satisfaction. Please leave a comment or question below. I look forward to responding to your comments.

(Last Updated On: September 14, 2018)
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Liz

I'm a self-employed blogger, life-long pet parent and lover of dogs and somehow manage to have time to pursue another of my passions - writing. I’m the primary contributor and editor of PUPPY FAQS. I love to write about the nutrition, health, and care of puppies. If you have a question that needs answering, please leave a comment below, and I will do my best to explain it.

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