What are the Best Canned Vegetable For Dogs?
When you’re in the kitchen cooking, most of us know what it’s like to have our furry friend right there wit us, asking us for a bite. Whether or not you want to reward that begging behavior in the kitchen is up to you. However, you should at least know if it’s safe or not to give your dog a kitchen treat. Like maybe the canned vegetables you’re preparing.
So let’s dig in and see what vegetables shouldn’t be fed to your canine friend and which ones can be offered. If you skip a trip to the vet, you’ll be happy you read up on this first.
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Can dogs eat vegetables?
Can dogs eat canned vegetables? Yes, but many canned vegetables have high sodium content and may be harmful to your dog. Depending on the dog’s size and how many they eat, they can cause dehydration or sodium ion poisoning. Also, some canned vegetables are made with onions which can be toxic for dogs. The vegetables themselves may be safe, however how they are prepared and canned may not be safe.
The water that they are packed in is likely safe, but artificial flavors and preservatives may be harmful and dangerous. Moreover, canned vegetables often contain high levels of oil and seasonings, which can irritate your dog’s gastrointestinal system.
Although canned vegetables don’t have toxins, they do contain a high amount of sodium. If you feed canned vegetables to your dog, watch for signs of too much salt, such as increased thirst and frequent urination.
High sodium levels can lead to salt poisoning, which is dangerous for dogs with heart conditions. In this case, I would shy away from feeding your dog anything besides recommended dog food. If you are not sure whether canned vegetables are safe for your dog, consult a veterinarian immediately.
What Kind of Canned Vegetables can dogs eat?
For the most part, it is safe to feed a dog is fresh or canned vegetables. There are many benefits to canned vegetables for dogs, including fiber and vitamins. Carrots, broccoli and cauliflower are great sources of fiber. Too much fiber may backfire though!
As for fresh vegetables, carrots and celery are great for your dog’s teeth and gums. Celery and squash are excellent for your dog’s gums, while brussels sprouts and squash may be too difficult for your dog to digest.
Ask yourself, would you eat it raw? Only after that should you give it to your dog. Once you know what vegetables your dog enjoys, you can choose the best one to feed him.
Benefits of Feeding Canned Vegetables to your Dog
Canned vegetables can be a healthy, occasional addition to your dog’s diet. Although dogs are carnivores, they have evolved over thousands of years to consume vegetables. For the most part, if you’re feeding a decent dog food, it is not necessary to offer anything else.
The right balance of acidity and alkaline in the diet promotes the health of specific organs. Too much acidity causes inflammation, which is a major cause of many chronic diseases. This is why most decent commercial dog foods have a significant amount of vegetables in them.
If your dog is overweight or obese, you may consider trading out some dog food for vegetables. But, ask your vet first! Most vegetables are less calorie dense than dog food, so your dog will feel “full” but won’t be getting as many calories.
And don’t forget to add in extra walks!
What vegetables should dogs avoid?
What can dogs eat and what can they avoid? Most vegetables are safe to feed to dogs. They can also be steamed or grated. Some vegetables may be too big for your dog to chew on, so you may want to cut them into smaller pieces to serve to your pooch.
Vegetables dogs can eat safely include broccoli, carrots, celery, green peas, lettuce, and tomatoes. But keep in mind that you should avoid feeding your dog corn on the cob, which is a choking hazard. Red tomatoes are safe to feed to dogs when they are ripe, but you should remove the stem and leaves before serving them to your dog.
Cauliflower is safe for dogs if fed in moderation. Cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage are all good sources of vitamins and phytonutrients. However, they are gas-producing for dogs. And cauliflower is difficult to digest, so be sure to cook it for your dog if you want to give it this treat.
Alternatively, you can steamed carrots instead. This vegetable is also safe for dogs if you have a dog that can’t tolerate raw veggies.
Overall, it’s probably fine to feed your dog a bite or two of canned vegetables. But, not necessary if they are enjoying a decent brand of dog food. And, it may cause intestinal upset.