Are Green Foods Safe for my Dog?
With St. Patty’s Day fast-approaching, I’m sure many of us are looking forward to celebrating with all things green. Many of these include green edibles — green beer, green deviled eggs, etc. And, we love including our pets in the celebrations. But, are green foods okay for our dogs? Can they be toxic or are they beneficial? Continue reading for some answers…
GREEN BEANS are a good source of plant fiber, vitamins A, K, C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill her up and help her maintain a healthy weight. Fiber adds bulk, which enables dogs to consume less volume and still feel full. How to Serve: Give as treats and/or add to her bowl of regular food. Steamed fresh green beans will retain more nutrients, but frozen and canned variations are also options. When buying canned green beans, opt for those with no added salt. Whichever type you choose, cut into same-sized pieces to make digestion easier.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS are a great source of vitamins K and C. Good source of manganese, folate, plant fiber, potassium and vitamins A and B. Be aware – as in humans, they can cause our dogs to break wind, if given in excess. However, they are also helping bowel movement and overall colon health. How to Serve: Steam the sprouts, cool, and give 1/2 – 2 sprouts, depending on size of dog.
ASPARAGUS is a great source of Vitamin K. Good source of Vitamins A, B, C and E, folate, iron copper, plant fiber, manganese and potassium. How to Serve: Cut off fibrous, tough ends and serve raw. Or you may steam or grill. Cool. Cut into bite sized pieces.
BROCCOLI is a great source of Vitamins C and K. Good source of Vitamin A, folate, manganese and plant fiber. How to Serve: Steam, cool and give one bite sized floret. Be very careful with the portion size, as too much can cause painful stomach and bowel problems.
GREEN PEAS are a great source of vitamin K, and C. Good source of manganese, plant fiber, folate, phosphorus, protein, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, potassium and vitamins A and B. How to Serve: Snow peas and Sugar Snap peas may be given while still in the pod. Steam or grill, cool and serve one or two pods. English peas must be shelled, then steamed, cooled. Serve one or two tablespoons.
- Green Onions, Chives, Leeks, etc. (all allium species)
- Rhubarb Leaves
- Tomato Leaves and Stems
Whenever introducing new food to your pet’s diet, it’s best to do so gradually so that you can monitor any stomach upset it might cause. Cooking vegetables improves digestibility.