Can dogs eat Dead bird?

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Not recommended. Dead birds may carry diseases or be infected with parasites, bacteria, and toxins that dogs can contract by eating parts of the bird. Dogs can get very sick and may exhibit symptoms of digestive issues, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


  • The nutrient profile of dead birds will depend on their species, diet, and other factors. In general, they are high in protein, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. However, since it's hard to tell if the dead bird is infected with parasites, there's always the risk of a dog getting sick from eating a dead bird.


  • Just like roadkill, a dead bird is generally not safe for dogs to eat because it can carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to dogs.
  • Dogs that ingest a contaminated dead bird may suffer from digestive upset, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy.
  • Dogs can potentially contract botulism from a dead bird that has the illness. Birds get Clostridium botulinum from eating fish infected with the said bacterium. Dead birds may also have salmonella in their digestive system, which can infect dogs.
  • Dead birds exposed to chemicals and environmental toxins or ingested pesticides could still have active toxins in their system, which could easily get passed on to dogs by eating the carcass.


  • A dead bird is not a recommended food option for dogs because of the health risks of consuming infected birds.
  • Decaying dead bird carcasses have likely attracted maggots, bacteria, and parasites. They put dogs at a greater risk of contracting parasitic diseases.

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