It isn’t unusual to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favourite snack. If it is safe for us to eat, it’s got to be okay for them to eat, right? Well, not always. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are extremely unhealthy and certainly dangerous, so it’s crucial to learn which fruits and vegetable dogs can and can’t eat. Dogs digest things differently to us humans, so consuming the wrong foods can lead to long term health issues and, in some extreme cases, even death. In this article, we look at which fruits and vegetables are okay for sharing in moderation and which should be avoided altogether.
No, dogs should not eat asparagus. Although asparagus isn’t fundamentally unsafe for dogs to eat, there’ is no real point in feeding it to them. It’s too hard to be eaten raw and once you have cooked so it’s soft enough for dogs to eat, asparagus loses all of the nutrients it contains due to the long cooking times.
Yes, broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in extremely minimal quantities, therefore, it is best served as an occasional treat. It is high in fibre and vitamin C and low in fat. However, Broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, this can cause mild-to-potentially-severe gastric irritation in some dogs. We would also like to point out that broccoli stalks have been known to obstruct the oesophagus.
Yes, dogs can eat Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans (even if they do taste disgusting) and dogs, alike. We highly recommend that you do not overfeed them to your dog as they can cause lots of gas (and nobody wants that). Cabbage is also considered safe for dogs to eat however, it comes with the same gassy warning! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Yes, dogs can eat carrots. Carrots are an outstanding low-calorie snack that is high in fibre and beta-carotene, this produces vitamin A. This tasty and crunchy vegetable is also good for your dogs teeth.
Yes, celery is safe for dogs to eat. It is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, and also contains the nutrients needed to promote a healthy heart and is even believed to help fight cancer. If your dog suffers from bad breath, celery could be your new favourite treat as it is also known to help freshen doggy breath.
Yes, dogs can eat green beans. All types of green beans are safe for dogs to eat, as long as they are plain. Chopped, steamed, raw, or canned. Green beans are full of essential vitamins and minerals and they’re also loaded with fibre and low in calories. When buying canned green beans for your dog, avoid those containing salt, or go for as minimum salt as you can. Too much salt can increase water retention, this is potentially fatal to dogs prone to heart disease.
No, dogs should never eat onions. Onions, leeks, and chives are all part of the same family of plants known as ‘Allium’ and are extremely poisonous to most pets, especially cats. Eating onions may cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture. They have also been known to cause vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains, and nausea. Poisoning from onions is usually more serious in Japanese breeds of dogs such as Akitas and Shiba Inus, however, all dogs are extremely susceptible to it.
Yes, dogs can eat peas. Green peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and garden or English peas are all safe for dogs to eat on occasion. Peas have many vitamins, minerals, and are high in protein and fibre. You can feed your dog fresh or frozen peas, you should avoid canned peas with added sodium. This is because too much salt can increase water retention, this is potentially fatal to dogs prone to heart disease.
Yes, dogs can eat spinach, however, it’s not one of the vegetables you should be sharing with your dog. This is because spinach is high in oxalic acid, this blocks the body’s ability to absorb calcium and has been known to lead to kidney damage.