Do not give your dog chicken noodle soup that was bought from the store. Most store-bought chicken noodle soup contains onion and garlic (both of which are bad for dogs). It also has far too much sodium. Instead, try homemade chicken noodle soup using plain shredded chicken and low sodium broth.
When humans feel under the weather, our “go-to” meal seems to be chicken noodle soup. Because of this, it might be tempting to give your dog the same meal when they are feeling sick or have an upset stomach.
However, not all brands of chicken noodle soup are “dog friendly.” While chicken noodle soup is not inherently bad for your pup, some brands include ingredients that can make your dog even sicker.
That doesn’t mean chicken noodle soup should be avoided. There are quite a few benefits to this soup when correctly prepared.
Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup
The Chicken Broth
Chicken broth is an excellent addition to your dog’s diet. It is beneficial to their immune system and contains plenty of nutrients that will help them live a long and healthy life. You may also notice that your dog’s coat looks much healthier after a few weeks of feeding them chicken broth.
Chicken broth is also a great addition to food for older or sick dogs who are having a hard time eating solid food. Not to mention the fact that it can help with hydration.
Most dogs love chicken. Chicken soup is no different. If your dog seems to be getting bored with its food or is not eating as much as usual, you can try adding a small amount of chicken noodle soup.
It makes the dry food taste much better, can help hydrate your dog, and encourages your pup to finish their meal! It’s a simple way to jazz up your dog’s food once in a while.
Easy to Digest
This is the biggest reason chicken noodle soup is so good for people who are sick. It is very easy to digest. It can also help dogs with digestion. It’s just vital you read the ingredients list before giving it to your dog.
Soup is a “low-energy” way to get the required nutrients. If your dog is sick, they probably are not eating as they usually do. They may not have the necessary energy to consume and digest their dry kibble.
Plain shredded chicken and noodles in bone broth is a great way to ensure your dog still gets nutrients.
Risks of Chicken Noodle Soup
While chicken noodle soup is not bad for your dog per se, there are risks if you don’t read the ingredients label. This is especially true if you only have canned soup on hand. Canned soup is not a great option for your dog and will probably cause more issues for them.
Here are the main ingredients in store-bought chicken noodle soup that can cause issues.
Garlic and Onion
Most allium species are toxic to household pets, like dogs and cats. This includes onions and garlic, both of which you likely use a lot in your cooking.
All forms of onion and garlic are toxic, including raw, cooked, and powdered. Dogs are more sensitive to onion than garlic, but neither should be consumed.
When your dog eats onions or garlic, it damages its red blood cells. This can cause your dog to become anemic, meaning that their red blood cell count is low.
If your dog consumes any allium species, watch out for weakness, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If your dog consumes more than just a tiny bit of onion products, call your vet. They might induce vomiting or start a decontamination process if your dog has ingested a significant amount.
Canned chicken noodle soup, such as Campbell’s, contains too much salt for dogs. It is often over 1000mg of sodium in a single can. Your dog should not be consuming that much salt. Medium-sized dogs, for example, should not have more than 100mg a day.
Salt is, of course, normal and necessary in small doses. Most dog food contains a small amount of sodium to make sure your dog gets the proper nutrients.
However, it becomes a problem when dogs eat human food since humans eat more salt than dogs.
When a dog has too much salt, you’ll notice they become very thirsty. Salt can cause dehydration in dogs. Other symptoms to look out for are seizures, vomiting, and lethargy.
If your dog has consumed too much salt, call your veterinarian. In the case of a large amount of salt, your veterinarian might get your pup on an IV to replenish electrolytes.
How to Safely Feed Your Dog Chicken Noodle Soup
It’s ok to feed your dog chicken noodle soup if it’s homemade (because you can control the ingredients). Here’s the best and easiest way to make chicken noodle soup for your dog.
Make it Plain
Don’t get fancy with the recipe. Remember, you’re making this for your dog. You aren’t trying to win a tasting contest.
Make a very basic recipe. Use a low sodium broth and unseasoned chicken.
Here’s a pro tip: If you want some of the soup yourself, make two separate batches, one for your dog and one for you. You can also separate the plain soup into a separate container for your dog before adding any spices to yours.
Bone broth is very beneficial to dogs. It is very mild, nutritious, and delicious! Just make sure it is low sodium and does not contain any garlic or onion.
You can also make your own bone broth by boiling a chicken carcass in water. Just make sure there are no seasonings on the chicken. You can add veggies to make it more nutrient-dense, but make sure the veggies are safe for dogs before you add them. Obviously, you’ll want to avoid onion and garlic.
But What if My Dog is Sick?
If you want to feed your dog chicken noodle soup because they are sick, you may want to consider other options. Although plain homemade chicken noodle soup is a great option, other food choices may be more beneficial.
One of the best meals for sick dogs is chicken and white rice. Make sure you are not using seasonings or salt, just plain shredded chicken without bones or skin. Accompany this with plain white rice. This is a bland meal that will not upset your dog.
Canned pumpkin is another option for your sick dog. It has a lot of vitamins and nutrients but is also easy to digest. It is also very high in fiber.
Properly Prepared Chicken Noodle Soup is Safe
Chicken noodle soup is not harmful to your dog. When prepared correctly, it can be a great benefit to your dog’s overall health.
However, it’s important to make sure the ingredients will not harm your dog. Go easy on the salt, and do not use garlic or onion when making soup for your dog.
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