Can Dogs Eat Steak?

Written by Teresa Eckert

Can my dog eat steak?

Yes,  your dog can eat steak. They will love it just as much as you do. 

When preparing steak for your dog, make sure that it is sized and cooked correctly so to prevent your golden from choking. Use the following guide to prepare steak for your golden.

  • Cook to medium-well
  • Trim off the fat
  • Remove any bones
  • Cool to room temp
  • Cut into bite size pieces
  • Avoid using seasonings as some may be harmful to your dog (onion, garlic, etc) 

Benefits of steak:

Lean beef is a fantastic protein source for your dog. Steak contains fatty acids and Omega-6 that help tone their muscles, maintain healthy skin and joints, and gives your pup a shiny coat.

As much as your dog would like a 100% steak diet, it is not a balanced or well rounded diet that meets all of your dog's nutritional needs. 

Can my dog eat raw steak?

No, you should not feed your golden raw steak.

There is a lot of controversy over Raw Food Diets (RFD) for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has taken the side of not feeding your dog a raw food diet. 

If you chose to go the route of feeding your golden raw food, you will want to consult your vet or find a vet familiar with raw food diets to make sure this is a good option for you. When feeding your dog raw steak, make sure that you understand some of the risks associated with it. 

  • Raw food may contain contaminates such as salmonella, E-coli and or listeria. These bacteria's can be harmful to you and your golden.
  • Raw food diets are more time consuming that feeding your pooch kibble.
  • Raw foods are more expensive that processed kibble.

Can my dog eat steak bones?

No, you should not give your dog steak bones. 

Cooked bones can splinter easily when chewed on. If the bone is a smaller bone, it could pose a choking hazard for your pooch. If your golden does swallow a piece of splintered bone, it could get lodged in their intestinal track. This could be bad enough to require surgery to remove the piece of bone. 

If it is a raw bone, it could contain salmonella or E-coli. These bacteria can be very harmful to your golden. In addition to potential bacteria, since raw bones are uncooked they can spoil in a short amount of time. 

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About the author

Teresa Eckert

Teresa is a co-founder of Golden Retriever Love and is the fur-mom to Annie the Golden Retriever and Remi the Chocolate Lab. Teresa enjoys spoiling her pups and occasionally writing some great content for us on this blog!