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Can dogs eat Cucumbers?

Cucumbers are a healthy and refreshing addition to many human meals, from salads to sandwiche. However, what about your dog? Can dogs eat cucumbers too?

As with everything, cucumbers should be eaten in moderation. Sliced cucumbers are a great treat for your dog, and can be for you too. On hot summer days, they can even help keep your pet hydrated. You can also use cucumbers as training treats, increasing vitamin C in the process. This being said, you shouldn’t feed your dog a whole cucumber as it can be a choking hazard.

Is Cucumber Healthy for My Dog?

Fresh cucumbers conatin approximately 96% water and are a delightfully crunchy way to stay hydrated on a hot day. They also contain vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium, all important components of a healthy canine diet. However, pickled cucumbers (and other pickled veggies) are packed with salt and often contain other ingredients that are harmful for dogs, such as garlic or onion. 

Can eating cucumbers be dangerous for dogs?

The only real concern with cucumber is that your dog might love them a little too much and gobble down too many or eat them very qucikly. This can lead to overeating or choking, both a great way to ruin a tasty food. As with any treat, overeating cucumber can lead to an upset belly. The skin and seeds of a cucumber can be upsetting to a dog’s stomach, so removing those items could help a more sensitive dog enjoy this tasty and healthy vegitable. As meantiond above, giving your dog a whole cucumber can become a choking hazard. As with any new food, when introducing cucumbers to your dog, start with a little to make sure that your dog digests it well.

How Much Cucumber Can My Dog Eat?

A common recommendation is to follow the 10% rule. Treats, including raw veggies, can make up 10% of the calories in your dog’s diet.

This may mean that you can treat your Papillon to a slender cucumber spear on a hot afternoon, while your German shepherd might get a big scoop of frozen chunks. Fresh cucumbers are only about 1% sugar by weight, and one cup of chopped cucumbers has about 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of dietary fiber and 16 calories. This can make cucumbers a good treat option for dogs on a reduced-calorie diet or with diabetes. As a low-calorie food, cucumbers make great natural training treats.

Serving Ideas

  • Combine peeled, chopped cucumber with chunks of cantaloupe, celery, and pear for a refreshing dog-friendly salad side dish
  • Freeze chunks or spears of peeled cucumber for a teething treat for your puppy
  • Use small pieces of cucumber as low-calorie training treats

You could also mix chopped cucumber with other veggies and stuff them in a Kong Classic, then freeze and feed as a treat. We actually wrote a whole blog about what you can do with a Kong Classic

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