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 peas come into this? Can dogs eat peas?
You can feed your dog fresh, frozen, or thawed peas, but do not give them canned peas. As with many canned vegetables, canned peas typically have a lot of added sodium, and this is harmful to dogs.
As far as pea pods go, as a general rule of thumb, if humans can eat the pod, so can your dog. Garden peas, of course, must always be shelled. Although your dog technically can eat the pods, you should be very cautious as they can get stuck in your dog’s throat and are a potential choking hazard.
Peas are a great source of vitamins, including A, B and K. They’re also packed with minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium as well as being rich in protein and high in fibre.
Peas contain something called lutein, which is an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health. Naturally, as with any human food, peas can have some drawbacks. Don’t give them to dogs that have kidney problems.
Peas contain purines, which is a naturally occurring chemical compound, also found in some food and drinks. Purines produce uric acid that’s filtered through the kidneys. Too much uric acid can lead to kidney stones and other kidney conditions.
If your dog has any difficulties digesting peas it’s probably a great idea to swap it out for another vegetable that is easier for them to digest raw, such as asparagus, carrots, cucumbers, or celery. This will allow them to get more vitamins from those vegetables. We made guides about feeding these to your dog, we suggest reading through them before feeding.
If your dog has any adverse reactions to any food, you should always consult your vet or a pet food nutritionist.