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 Brussels sprouts come into this? Can dogs eat Brussels sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are packed full of nutrients, such as fibre, antioxidants and vitamins that are great for us humans and canines, alike. Brussels sprouts contain vitamin K, which helps the blood clot properly, builds bones, and looks after the heart. They also contain a whole lot of other vitamins, such as A, B1, and B6 and C.
Brussels sprouts are so good for your dog, but can they have a serving each day? There is a very well known downside to eating Brussels sprouts as I am sure you know. Gas and lots of it too. Brussels sprouts contain a high level of a substance known as isothiocyanate. This helps to improve the intestinal muscle’s ability to push food and waste through the gastrointestinal tract. This in turn, naturally builds up excess bacterium and this leaves the body as gas.
A reasonable amount can help to naturally clean out the insides, however, too much and your dog can experience stomach upsets and possibly diarrhoea. Even small amounts of Brussels sprouts will cause flatulence. This nutritious veggie has no toxins or poisons, and there’s no immediate cause for alarm if your dog experiences a temporary stomach upset or flatulence. If symptoms last longer than a few days, naturally, we recommend you consult your vet.
The best way to prepare Brussels sprouts for your dog is to steam or boil them. As when cooking for ourselves, steaming preserves the largest amount of nutrients. You should always pick fresh sprouts, these will be green and firm. Rinse them thoroughly and cut off the stem, while leaving the leaves intact. Steam for around five minutes, boiling will take a bit longer, usually about 10 minutes or so. It’s important to remember that boiling doesn’t preserve as many of the nutrients as steaming does. Don’t serve them raw as they will be too hard for your dog to digest.
If your dog suffers from any dietary or allergic issues, we highly recommend you do not feed them Brussels sprouts without first consulting your veterinarian or a pet food nutritionist.
Start by giving your dog a small portion such as 1/2-to-1 sprout, depending on their size. If that goes well and your dog has no adverse reactions, you can give them more in the future, however, no more than three per serving and only now and then.