Can Dogs Eat Vegetables?
Vegetables are the healthiest foods for humans. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, anti-cancer nutrients, even some protein. A dog’s diet is different than a human’s. Their diets should contain more meat, but vegetables once in a while can give their immune and digestive systems a boost. If you feed your dog vegetables, keep in mind these factors:
- How hard is the vegetable, could it be a choking hazard?
- How much of a particular vegetable are you feeding your dog? Some vegetables have concentrated amounts of substances that can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting, even in small amounts.
- Are you feeding your dog a balanced diet with more meat sources than vegetable sources?
- Are you giving your dog plenty of water to help digest the vegetables and dilute their more potent substances?
Most vegetables are safe for your dog, especially if cut into small sizes, softened through cooking, given with water, and if they are only a small portion of their diet. Here is a list of 50 vegetables and their possible effects on your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Artichokes?
Artichokes are loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folic acid. They are also low in calories, and have no fat or cholesterol. Globe or spiny varieties of artichokes can help treat irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, and diarrhea in dogs. So nutritionally, they are good for your dog and can be fed to him. If you are feeding your dog artichokes from a recipe, then the other ingredients must be considered. Spices and other ingredients may not agree with your dog’s digestive system. In addition, the shape of raw artichokes may be a concern. They have been known to block the digestive tract in some dogs, but this is rare. Overall, there are many more positives to be gained feeding your dog artichokes.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Artichokes? YES
Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?
Asparagus is one of the more healthy vegetables for dogs. They contain a wide variety of nutrients. Vitamins B1, B2, and K, and minerals such as copper, folate, and iron are just some of the nutritional benefits. Antioxidants and other substances found in asparagus have been linked to preventing some cancers, and preventing aging. On the negative side, too much asparagus creates gassiness, and may cause diarrhea. The shape of asparagus is also a concern as it is rounded and pointy, so large pieces may cause choking. If you want to take advantage of the healthy aspects of feeding your dog asparagus, make sure to cut it is small, bite sized pieces. The smaller your dog, the smaller the pieces should be. But there are many good healthy reasons to give your dog asparagus.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Asparagus? YES
Can Dogs Eat Basil?
Basil is a green leafy herb used in cooking foods like pesto and pasta sauces. Basil leaves have antioxidants that help cell growth, and antimicrobial and antiviral substances that boost the immune system. Basil has also been linked to arthritis relief, and many dogs develop arthritis as they age. Another substance in basil is beta-caryophyllene, which has been studied medically and shown to treat IBS, or inflammatory bowel disease. This is a painful and chronic disease of the colon. A dog’s digestive system can be sensitive, so basil is beneficial. If your choose to feed your dog basil, as with most foods, give your dog small amount. A bit of fresh or dried basil added to his regular meal can boost his health.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Basil? YES
Can Dogs Eat Beets?
Beets are a super food for dogs. They are loaded with iron, fiber, vitamins, and the water content in beets naturally hydrates your dog. Every part of the beet from the leafy greens, to the stem, and the root, are nutritious for dogs. The ASPCA says all parts of beets are non toxic to dogs. Beets are best given to your dog in raw form. Canned beets are not recommended for your dog because they contain salt and preservatives which can be harmful to dogs. Beets should be given in moderation, as too many can cause upset stomach. They are a crunchy snack your dog will enjoy and they are sweet tasting. Most dogs will gobble them up happily, and that could lead to the natural sugar in beets contributing to obesity. So yes give your dog beets, but as a snack, not part of his normal meals.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Beets? YES
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?
Bell peppers are a tasty crunchy treat your dog will enjoy. They are a vegetable, but at the same time they are loaded with vitamin C. They have good amounts of beta carotene, which is considered a cancer preventative. Especially good for older dogs, beta carotene has been shown to prevent arthritis and age-related eyesight diseases. Bell peppers have a tough outer skin that may be difficult for your dog to chew into small pieces. This can be a problem in the dog’s digestive system when trying to extract nutrients from this vegetable. A good way to serve bell peppers to your dog is to puree them first, and stir them into your dog’s food. Feed them a small amount of bell peppers the first time, as their stomachs are not used to them, and upset stomach may occur.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Bell Peppers? YES
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?
Broccoli is another super food that can benefit your dog nutritionally. It has been shown to have anti-cancer effects in the body as it contains a phytochemical that stimulates the body to break down carcinogens (cancer causing substances). It also helps to fight infection by boosting the immune system, and helps to remove toxins from a dog’s body. You should include broccoli in your dog’s diet if he is feeling ill. Many vitamins from C, K, and A, to minerals like folate and manganese. It is a great source of fiber, and is low in calories and fat, so if your dog is overweight, adding some broccoli to his diet can help. Moderation is important with broccoli. No more than 5% of your dog’s diet should be this vegetable. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and eaten in large amounts can cause gas, bloating, and upset stomach. It is also a thyroid inhibitor, so if your dog has a thyroid problem, do not feed him broccoli. Otherwise, broccoli can be given steamed, boiled or raw.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Broccoli? YES
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts?
Brussel sprouts are a nutrition containing cruciferous vegetable that resemble tiny cabbages. They are included in a lot of thanksgiving meals. They contain large amounts of fiber, good for a dog’s digestive system, and cancer fighting substances. These cancer fighters are called sulforaphane, and work to isolate and destroy free radicals floating around in the body. Free radicals are the building blocks of cancer cells. Brussel sprouts also contain antioxidants which reduce inflammation and can help treat a dog with bone and joint arthritis. Too many brussel sprouts can have negative effects on your dogs digestive system. Bloating and excessive gas can come about when your dogs stomach reacts negatively to brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts should be cooked to make them softer for your dog to chew more easily. In the raw form they are hard and may pose a choking risk if given whole.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Brussel Sprouts? YES
Can Dogs Eat Butternut Squash?
Butternut squash is safe to feed to your dog, but not in the raw form, cook it first. Raw squash is hard and a large vegetable and can be very difficult for dogs to chew and digest. It can definitely be considered a choking hazard. Remember, dogs are carnivores who eat meat. Many other animals are herbivores who eat vegetables and over time have developed enzymes that help digest vegetables. Dogs don’t have these enzymes (called amylase) so their digestive systems have a tougher time processing vegetables like butternut squash. Minerals are abundant in squash, especially potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium and calcium, all good for your dog. One of the best ways to give your dog squash is as a puree mixed into his food. This will add moisture, while still providing the nutrients that squash contains.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Butternut Squash? YES
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage?
Cabbage like Savoy or purple varieties, can be eaten by dogs in moderation. Cabbage is a vegetable that is active in the digestive system in cleaning out old food that has not been fully digested. This action creates gas as a side effect. Too much cabbage creates too much gas. Cabbage has many healthy benefits. It is an antioxidant that fights inflammation and cancer causing radicals in the body. Cabbage fed to dogs is a good source of vitamins C and A, beta carotene, and fiber. All of these nutrients are needed in a dog’s digestive system. Raw cabbage is hard and waxy and may be difficult to eat for dogs. Cabbage given to dogs is best served cooked, or at least shredded, to help them eat and digest it. Too much cabbage will cause gas and may cause stomach upset resulting in soreness. Cabbage is not necessary in a dog’s diet, but they can eat it without worry.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cabbage? YES
Can Dogs Eat Carrots?
Carrots are root vegetables that are very healthy for dogs. Carrots contain large amounts of vitamin A and beta carotene, as well as vitamin B6 & C, minerals like calcium and magnesium, and dietary fiber. They have no fat and are low in calories. They can be fed to dogs as part of a weight loss or weight management diet. They have been shown to reduce cholesterol, ward off some cancers, and prevent heart disease. A dog’s dental health benefits from carrots as they clean the teeth. The beta carotene improves vision in humans and dogs. Carrots can be a choking hazard if they are fed to dogs in large pieces and raw, as they are very hard and crunchy. If you feed your dog carrots, cut them up into small pieces, shred them, puree them and add them to dog food, or cook them to make them soft.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Carrots? NO
Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower?
Cauliflower is a very healthy vegetable that doesn’t really have a lot of flavor, but dogs will eat it anyway. And that is ok, because cauliflower has high levels of some key nutrients. Potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium are found in cauliflower in good amounts. Cauliflower is also loaded with high levels of vitamin C and vitamin B6. There is almost no fat in cauliflower, and only about 150 calories for a 6 inch diameter head. Cauliflower is soft enough not to be considered a choking hazard. When cooked it is soft, or it can be cut up into smaller chunks, or pureed and added to dog food as a supplement. If you feed your dog cauliflower make sure you are not giving it to him from a recipe like ones that contain cheese. If you do, you are defeating the purpose and turning a healthy food into an unhealthy one.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cauliflower? YES
Can Dogs Eat Celery?
Celery is a healthy filler or snack food for dogs, when prepared properly. Celery contains very low levels of any worthwhile nutrient. No vitamins, minerals, protein, or fiber that will help your dog be healthy. However, it does provide water and because of the low-calorie content (6 calories per stalk), it is an excellent additive to a dog’s diet for maintaining or reducing weight. It can be dressed up with peanut butter, or some other healthy spread, but stay away from cheese which is not healthy for dogs. Give it as a snack, or puree it into your dog’s normal dog food. Celery can be a choking hazard if not prepared correctly. The stringy nature of celery means the strands can get stuck in a dog’s throat if not properly chewed. If you feed your dog celery make sure you cut it into chunks or pieces that are not elongated. Don’t give your dog a stalk of celery, he won’t be able to eat it properly and may choke on it.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Celery? NO
Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is a pungent spice that comes from the bark of a tree. Many people enjoy cinnamon added to their foods, but dogs don’t care for it one way or the other. It doesn’t taste like anything else in their diets like meat, and it doesn’t taste sweet or salty. It is not stimulating to them. It is also non-toxic for dogs. Cinnamon contains very few nutrients — some iron and calcium, and some dietary fiber, but that is all. Cinnamon is not a choking hazard in the powder form. Sometimes it comes in the rolled up cinnamon stick form, which if fed to dogs can be a concern for choking. There is really no reason to feed your dog cinnamon, but if you do, sprinkle it on some dog food.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cinnamon? YES
Can Dogs Eat Corn?
Corn is a vegetable that is found is many foods in various forms such as corn syrup. Corn is added to many low quality dog foods as filler. Corn contains many nutrients such as vitamin B6, minerals like magnesium and iron, protein, potassium, plus good amounts of insoluble dietary fiber. The fiber in corn helps the digestive system in dogs that have constipation. Corn kernels are not a choking concern for dogs, but if your feed your dog the cob, pieces can break off that can choke your dog. Corn is probably already in your dog’s diet, through the dog food you are giving him. Unless the dog food package specifically states “no grains,” corn is probably mixed in. A dog’s digestive system is not designed to process corn efficiently, but it is not toxic or harmful to dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Corn? YES
Can Dogs Eat Corn Cobs?
Corn Cobs are the center core of the vegetable that holds the kernels together. It is made of a tough cellulose material that in indigestible by dogs. Corn Cobs contain no nutritional value. They are discarded after the corn is removed. Dogs will sometime get a hold of the cob because there may be butter or salt leftover from the corn. Digging around in the garbage is usually how they get the cob. Corn Cobs are an extreme choking risk. Dogs will gladly eat the cob because of the flavors. The cobs can break off into smaller pieces that can choke the dog. Cobs are not digested as they pass through the digestive tract and can get stuck in the stomach or intestines causing a blockage resulting in severe distress. Surgery will be needed to remove the cob. Under no circumstances should dogs eat corn cobs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Corn Cobs? NO
Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers?
Cucumbers are cylindrical gourds that are considered healthy for dogs to eat. They contain less than 20 calories per cup, have no fat, and have minor amounts of nutrients such as potassium. The best reason to feed your dog cucumbers is for the water content and the bulk. As a low calorie food, it can be added to the dog food of overweight dogs to help them reduce their weight. The water in cucumbers is good for hydration. Cucumbers are not a choking hazard if they are sliced up. They are soft in the center and dogs have no problem chewing them up. Instead of giving your dog a sugar snack or salty snack, feed them something healthy like cucumber slices.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cucumbers? YES
Can Dogs Eat Eggplant?
Eggplant is a fruit related to tomatoes in the nightshade family. There is some controversy over whether or not eggplant is safe for dogs to consume because of the relationship to tomatoes, which are not good for your dog. Eggplant is a very healthy food for humans. It has fiber, potassium, and no fat, and very few calories — only 20 per cup. Dogs eating eggplant can get all the benefits of this type of food. It helps their digestive system, and can be part of a healthy weight management diet for dogs. Eggplant can be cooked and cut into cubes which will allow your dog to swallow it easily and not risk choking. Puree is also a good way to feed them eggplant. If you feed your dog eggplant, and your dog has never had eggplant before, only feed him a small amount and then monitor for signs of an allergic reaction. Also, never feed your dog eggplant as part of a recipe that may include harmful foods like onions, garlic, or tomato.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Eggplant? NO
Can Dogs Eat Garlic?
Garlic is considered safe as a health supplement and is part of the ingredients of many commercial dog foods and treats. It helps digestion in dogs, and has antibacterial properties that aid the immune system. However, in very large doses, garlic is toxic for dogs. It is part of the allium family which includes onions, chives, and leeks. Sulfides in garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, and general weakness. The ASPCA considers garlic toxic for dogs. You would have to feed your dog a lot of garlic for him to get sick, so a little won’t harm your dog. However, the risks outweigh the benefits, so it may be best not to feed your dog garlic.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Garlic? NO
Can Dogs Eat Ginger?
Dogs can eat powdered ginger in small amounts with no problem. Raw Ginger in the root form can be upsetting to your dog’s digestive system If too much is eaten. Conditions like upset stomach, belching, or vomiting, as well as gas and diarrhea can result from too much ginger. Sometimes chunks of ginger are found in ethnic foods such as chinese stir fry. Ginger has very few nutrients and almost no calories. However, there has been some medical studies that link ginger with fighting cancer in dogs, lowering inflammation in arthritic joints, and in small amounts, helping to relieve bloating and nausea in dogs. Small amounts of ginger are not considered a choking hazard for dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Ginger? YES
Can Dogs Eat Grass?
Dogs instinctively eat grass to help their digestive systems balance acidity levels. Unfortunately about 25% of dogs who eat grass will vomit it up. This is probably because they eat too much of it, but also because they are carnivores and their stomachs and digestive systems are not well suited to digest grass. Their bodies react to expel the grass by vomiting, rather than try to pass it through the intestines. Some grass can be very poisonous for dogs, such as grass that has been treated with pesticides, or grass that has mold or a fungus growing on it. If you see your dog eating grass, discourage it for these reasons. There is no healthy benefit for them to eat grass.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Grass? NO
Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?
Green Beans are very healthy vegetables that are low in calories, fat, and sodium. Green Beans contain beneficial levels of vitamin C, and minerals like iron, magnesium, and B6. Green Beans are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because of their irregular shape that is easy to chew. Give your dog fresh green beans, no canned that has added salt. Salt is a blood pressure danger for digs. Steamed green beans will soften them up helping your dog to swallow them.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Green Beans? YES
Can Dogs Eat Green Peppers?
Green Peppers are loaded with high amounts of vitamin C, and lower but still good amounts of vitamins A and B6. Green Peppers contain potassium which aids muscle growth and function, and have no fat. Green Peppers are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because in the cooked form, they are soft enough to chew and swallow. The outer part of green peppers can be a little tough on a dogs digestive system to process and break down. Cooked green peppers are a better choice to feed your dog so he can take advantage of the nutrient value.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Green Peppers? YES
Can Dogs Eat Grits?
Grits are (hominy grits) a ground up dried grain derived from corn. Grits contain minor amounts of vitamins, but high levels of sodium and are high in calories. Grits are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and easily swallowed. If your dog is not overweight and eats a balanced dog food, then grits once in a while do no harm. Overweight dogs should not eat grits as they are filler food that just puts on more pounds.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Grits? NO
Can Dogs Eat Lettuce?
Lettuce is a leafy vegetable that grows on the ground and comes in many different varieties, such as iceberg and romaine. Lettuce contains a lot of water, which is good for your dog, and some vitamins, especially vitamin A. It has next to no calories, fat, or sugar. Lettuce is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it’s crunchy, leafy, wet, not shaped to block air flow in the throat. Lettuce is fine to feed your dog, but they may not want to eat it. If they are eating it, it is probably due to what’s on it, a salad dressing or mayonnaise. Those dressings have sugar and fat and are not healthy for your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Lettuce? YES
Can Dogs Eat Mashed Potatoes?
Mashed Potatoes are made from any of the many varieties of potato, a root vegetable. Mashed Potatoes contain a lot of healthy potassium, vitamins C, B6, and magnesium, and 5 grams of dietary fiber for a medium potato. Mashed Potatoes are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because the are mushy and wet, and dogs swallow mashed potatoes easily. Mashed potatoes are good for your dog in moderation only. They can be filling, and may replace the space in their stomachs of other more valuable food nutrition such as meat. Also, keep the gravy, butter, and sour cream toppings away from your dog. Just plain mashed potatoes are fine for your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Mashed Potatoes? YES
Can Dogs Eat Mint?
Mint is a leafy vegetable that has a very pleasant taste and is added to foods for flavoring. Mint contains very low levels of nutrients, like lettuce, and almost no calories. Mint is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it’s leafy and dog’s have no problem swallowing mint. Mint is good for your dog’s digestive health because it contains compounds that help break down other foods. It also helps your dog’s breath and gas, neutralizing odors. Dogs may vomit it up if they eat too much, but that’s true about any leafy plant.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Mint? YES
Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?
Mushrooms are the fleshy, fruit part of a fungus that grows above ground. Mushrooms contain no nutrients to speak of, and are eaten by people because of the variety of flavors. Dogs may eat mushrooms for the same reason. Mushrooms may be considered a choking hazard for dogs because there are so many shapes and sizes of mushrooms, many are rounded and dogs will try to swallow them whole. They can easily get caught in your dog’s throat and cause choking. Mushrooms can contain toxic compounds that will cause serious health issues for your dog. Convulsions,liver damage, kidney failure, and even death. Never let your dog eat mushrooms. Wild mushrooms especially can be toxic. White mushrooms bought in grocery stores may not be as harmful to your dog, but with no benefit to your dog nutritionally, why even take a chance?
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Mushrooms? NO
Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?
Oatmeal is a nutritional grain that is usually boiled and made into a mushy breakfast cereal. Oatmeal contains good levels of carbs for energy, protein, iron, vitamin B6 and A, calcium, dietary fiber, and potassium. Almost no sugar or fat, and about 150 calories per cup. It is one of the most nutritious foods available for humans and dogs. Oatmeal is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is soft and mushy and dogs can et it easily without choking. Oatmeal is super food for dogs. Next to meat, it may be the best food you can feed your dog. It is a great alternative to wheat which dogs can be intolerant of. The fiber in oatmeal will do wonders for a dog with loose stools as it regulates their digestive systems.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Oatmeal? YES
Can Dogs Eat Okra?
Okra is a green vegetable that grows in pods and is chopped up and served fried. Okra contains vitamins A, C, and B6, some dietary fiber, and is low in sugars and has only about 35 calories per cup, not including the oil it is fried in. Okra is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is crunchy or soft when cooked, so can be easily chewed and swallowed by dogs. Okra is not at all toxic to dogs, has some beneficial nutritional properties, and they may like it. Stay away from fried okra for your dog because fried foods are bad for your dog and can add unnecessary calories to his diet.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Okra? NO
Can Dogs Eat Onions?
Onions are vegetables from a group of vegetables called allum, which also includes garlic. Onions contain small amounts of vitamins C and B6, minerals like calcium, some dietary fiber, no fat and low calories, about 50 for a medium onion. Onions are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are usually chopped up finely or added as flavoring to meals, so you may not even know you ae feeding your dog onions. Onions are toxic to dogs. They contain a substance called thiosulphate. This ingredient interferes with red blood cells in dogs and cats, causing the cells to self-destruct. This condition is called hemolytic anemia. Lethargy and weakness as well as pale gums are a sign of onion toxicity. Onion toxicity in dogs may not happen immediately. The toxin can build up in their blood stream and cause severe health problems when the amount reaches a certain level. Treatment by a vet for onion poisoning in dogs involves inducing vomiting, oxygen therapy, or even a blood transfusion. Do not feed your dog onions, or foods where onions have been added as an ingredient.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Onions? NO
Can Dogs Eat Parsley?
Parsley is a leafy green vegetable that is used as an herb or spice in cooking for flavoring foods. Parsley contains no significant nutrition to speak of and no fat or calories. Parsley is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it’s leafy and rough and easy to swallow. Dogs probably won’t want to eat parsley alone, it’s more likely to be on some food you may give your dog. In small amounts parsley is not toxic to dogs. In large amounts parsley is toxic to dogs. Parsley is a diuretic which dehydrates and causes muscle contractions. This can be bad for pregnant dogs leading to premature births. Parsley can build up toxins in your dog’s system, so don’t feed parley to your dog daily. Do not add it to his regular food to spice it up. Dogs don’t need parsley, and the negative effects aren’t worth it.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Parsley? YES
Can Dogs Eat Peas?
Peas are small round seeds that grow on vines in pods. Peas contain They have pretty good levels of dietary fiber which helps dogs with digestion. They also contain beneficial amounts of vitamin C and A, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Peas are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because if cooked they are soft, but even raw they are soft enough to be chewed by dogs. The round shape may be a choking concern for very small dogs if the dog swallows them whole, so mash them up first. Peas are a good addition to a dog’s diet, but if he is already getting a quality balanced dry dog food, then chances are peas were added by the manufacturer. Too many peas can cause diarrhea.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Peas? YES
Can Dogs Eat Pepper?
Pepper is a fruit that is dried and ground up to make a spice called black pepper. Pepper contains no significant nutrients, because the amounts consumed are usually very small. One tablespoon has about 20 calories, some calcium and magnesium, and some dietary fiber. Pepper is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is a flaky spice that is more likely to cause sneezing than choking. A little black pepper added to your dog’s food may be a good thing. There are studies that say pepper and turmeric combined kill cancer cells and ulcers. Too much pepper can actually cause stomach upset in dogs, so it’s a fine balance.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Pepper? YES
Can Dogs Eat Peppermint?
Peppermint is a green leafy vegetable that is used fresh or dried and added to cooking recipes. Peppermint contains very low levels of nutrients, as it is consumed as a garnish or additive to meals for flavor only. Peppermint is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is a leafy soft food, similar in texture to grass which dogs can eat and swallow. Peppermint has antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties that can boost a dog’s immune system, if it is added every second day or so to his meals. The peppermint candy is just sugar and is not good for your dog’s health. It can also be a choking hazard because of the cylindrical shape. A dog can break a tooth on peppermint candy because it is hard and brittle.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Peppermint? YES
Can Dogs Eat Peppers?
Peppers are vegetables that come in varieties such as bell, green, red, yellow, and orange. Peppers contain large amounts of vitamin C, some vitamin A and B6, fiber for digestion in your dog, and no fat and low calories. Peppers are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because if chopped up, dogs can chew the smaller sizes and swallow without problems. Peppers can be tough to digest for dogs in the raw form. The outer skin is tough. Having said that, the nutrition in peppers is worth feeding peppers to your dog. Chop them puree them, any way you can add a small amount of peppers to your dog’s regular food will benefit their immune systems and help fight diseases.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Peppers? YES
Can Dogs Eat Pickles?
Pickles are cucumbers that have been added to a brine of vinegar, salt and water. Pickles contain a tremendous amount of sodium which can cause blood pressure in humans and dogs. Otherwise there are no other decent nutrients in pickles. Pickles are considered a choking hazard for dogs because of their oval shape and sizes that fit a dog’s throat perfectly if not chewed. Pickles are nutritionally bad for dogs with all of the salt and acidity that can cause digestion issues. In addition, their shape makes them a major choking concern. Say no to pickles for your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Pickles? NO
Can Dogs Eat Potato Skins?
Potato Skins are the thin or thick outer covering of the potato, a root vegetable. Potato Skins contain vitamins C and B6 (B6 helps dogs maintain proper brain function), iron for healthy blood cells in dogs, and dietary fiber which aids in digestion in dog’s intestines. Potato Skins are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are easy for a dog to chew up and swallow. Raw green potato skins should not be fed to dogs because they contain a toxin called solanine. This toxin causes irregular heart beat, seizures, and I large amounts can cause death. Ripe or cooked potato are safe for your dog in small amounts. Also, leave off the cheese, sour cream, and butter toppings, all of which can lead to stomach upset or vomiting.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Potato Skins? YES
Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
Potatoes are root vegetables that grow under the soil and come in many different varieties. Potatoes contain healthy amounts of vitamin C, B6, dietary fiber, and potassium. All of these nutrients are things that a dog needs. Potatoes are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft when cooked, or can be fed raw to dogs if chopped up. Potatoes are added to many quality dog foods as an ingredient. They are cooked and the cellulose in the plant are broken down making it easier for your dog to digest. Some people say raw potatoes should not be fed to dogs, but this only applies to green unripened potatoes, which have a toxin in the potato skin. Ripe raw potatoes that are washed (to remove possible bacteria from the soil) are fine for your dog in reasonable amounts. Cooked potatoes are better, once in a while.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Potatoes? YES
Can Dogs Eat Radishes?
Radishes are crunchy root vegetables that are red on the outside and white on the inside. The radish greens are also edible. Radishes contain almost no nutrients in the root bulb, but the leaves contain vitamin C, calcium, and some protein. Radishes are thought to contain antioxidants which will give your dog’s immune system a boost. Radishes are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because if they are chopped up, dogs can chew them If they are given to dogs whole, then their shape can cause choking. Radishes are a cruciferous vegetable with a spicy taste, so dogs may not like the taste, or have stomach upset leading to gas and diarrhea if they eat too many.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Radishes? YES
Can Dogs Eat Rice?
Rice is a cereal grain that is grown in all parts of the world and is a staple in most kitchens. Rice contains mostly carbohydrates, which is used as energy for dogs. White rice has very few other nutrients. Brown or whole grain rice is much more nutritious. Many dog foods have rice as a primary ingredient. Rice is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is loose and does not need to be chewed for dogs to swallow it. Rice is not toxic to dogs. White rice is nutritionally lacking and should not be fed to dogs. Whole grain rice is better. If your dog is eating a quality balanced dog food, then there is no reason to feed him rice. But rice is not harmful for dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Rice? YES
Can Dogs Eat Rosemary?
Rosemary is an herb used to flavor foods. Rosemary contains very few nutrients as it is only consumed in small amounts as a spice or herb to enhance other foods like soups and pesto sauces. Rosemary is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is a soft leafy plant or dried and flaked spice. Rosemary is not toxic to dogs. In fact it is found as an ingredient in many commercially made dog foods. It has some antioxidants and oils that benefit a dog’s coat and skin. In very large amounts Rosemary can cause stomach upset in dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Rosemary? YES
Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?
Seaweed is marine algae, or basically plants that grow in oceans and lakes, and are commercially grown in seaweed farms. Seaweed contains almost no nutrients, calories, or protein. Seaweed is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because dried seaweed found by dogs on a beach and eaten, will absorb saliva or moisture in your dogs throat, expand and may cause choking. Seaweed is used to wrap sushi, so this may be how a dog might eat it. This type of seaweed is not harmful to dogs. Seaweed that grows wild around the shore IS harmful to dogs, because it is dry and will absorb moisture from your dogs intestines when swallowed. This may cause the seaweed to expand and cause a blockage in your dog’s intestines. Veterinarians call this gut impaction, and it can lead to surgery and even death for many dogs. Keep your dog away from seaweed washed up along the shore!
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Seaweed? NO
Can Dogs Eat Spinach?
Spinach is a green leafy vegetable containing many nutrients. Spinach contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Spinach is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is a soft leafy vegetable. Good in small amounts. Many dog foods have spinach already added.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Spinach? YES
Can Dogs Eat Squash?
Squash is a vegetable and part of the gourd family. Butternut and zucchini are examples. Squash contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Squash is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is soft and can be chewed by dogs. Just don’t give them large pieces which may be a choking hazard. Good for a snack.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Squash? YES
Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet Potatoes are root vegetables that are orange in color and are highly nutritious. Sweet Potatoes contain lots of nutrition. Sweet Potatoes are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and can be chewed. Great nutritional benefits and they like to chew them.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Sweet Potatoes? YES
Can Dogs Eat Tea?
Tea is a flaky substance made from tea leaves. It is brewed with boiling water and steeped to allow the flavors to escape. Tea contains minor nutritional benefits. Tea is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is a liquid. No benefit but harmless.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Tea? YES
Can Dogs Eat Tomato Sauce?
Tomato Sauce is a liquid food made from the juice of tomatoes. Tomato Sauce contains water and some nutrients. Tomato Sauce is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is liquidy. Safe in small quantities.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Tomato Sauce? YES
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?
Tomatoes are edible fruits of the nightshade family of plants. Tomatoes contain water and some nutrients. Tomatoes are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and can be chewed. Safe in small quantities.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Tomatoes? YES
Can Dogs Eat Yams?
Yams are tuber or root vegetables similar to sweet potatoes. Yams contain lots of good nutrition. Yams are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and can be chewed. Great amounts of nutrition and they like to chew it up.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Yams? YES
Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Zucchini is a squash, a large long green vegetable. Zucchini contains lots of vitamins and water. Zucchini is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and can be chewed. Good levels of vitamins and the water content will quench their thirst.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Zucchini? YES