When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it can be difficult for us dog owners to remember what they can share with their doggy best friends and which ones could prove fatal. So, where do asparagus come into this? Can dogs eat asparagus?
Asparagus isn’t toxic to dogs, meaning they can safely eat it. However, there are a few points you should keep in mind before feeding asparagus to your dog.
The stalks of asparagus are considerably tough meaning dogs can find it difficult to chew it raw. Some dogs may try to swallow the asparagus whole and potentially end up choking, to avoid this, you should chop it up into small pieces before you feed it to them (this being said, we do not recommend it).
Your dog may also find digesting raw asparagus pretty difficult, this is because it is so tough. If your dog has any adverse reactions such as vomiting, gas, or diarrhoea after eating raw asparagus, you should try cooking it lightly before you try feeding it to them again. Cooking asparagus lightly will also make it easier for them to chew. When cooking asparagus for your dog, do not use any butter or cooking oils, as they can make a dog sick. Instead, just boil or steam the asparagus, keeping in mind that as with any vegetable, when cooked their nutrient content decreases.
If your dog has any difficulties digesting raw asparagus, it’s probably a great idea to swap it out for another vegetable that is easier for them to digest raw, such as carrots, celery, or cucumbers. This will allow them to get more vitamins from those vegetables. We made guides about these to your dog, we suggest reading through them before feeding.