Yes, dogs can eat steak in moderation.
Steak is defined by Wikipedia as meat that is “generally sliced across the muscle fibers, potentially including a bone.” Though steak is commonly associated with cattle-derived beef, the meat of other animals can also be used. These include but are not limited to goat, kangaroo, lamb, horse, turkey, and salmon.
Packed with protein, B vitamins, iron, and selenium, steak can be grilled, pan fried, or cooked in sauce. However, if it is being given to your pet dog, it is not advisable to season it or top it with sauces. Butter, salt, garlic, onion, and mushroom are just a few of the ingredients known to be harmful for dogs.
How to feed steak to your dog: Boil, bake, or grill the steak without unnecessary additives. Make sure it is thoroughly cooked before letting it cool and cutting it into smaller pieces your dog can easily chew. Remember to remove the fat (as it is difficult to digest) and cooked bones (as these may break into sharp pieces and cause injuries to your dog). The sharp bone fragments may cause choking, cut his mouth, or tear his digestive system.
It is not advisable to give raw steak as it may contain pathogens and parasites. In addition, raw meat is harmful for young puppies and dogs with compromised livers or kidneys. If you really want to include raw steak in his diet, be sure to consult with your veterinarian before doing so.
In summary: With your vet’s approval, you can give your pooch some cooked and unflavored steak once in a while. Be sure to keep his total calorie intake in mind, and limit it to a few pieces based on his age, weight, size, and energy requirements. When given correctly, steak will help provide energy for your pooch, tone his muscles, and give your pup a shiny coat.