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Can dogs eat asparagus?

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Yes, dogs can eat asparagus but there are things to consider.

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Low in calories and loaded with nutrients, asparagus is great for us humans, but can you feed it to your dog? Here we take a look at whether dogs can eat asparagus.

By Natasha James

Published on the 01/06/2021, 17:00

If you’re on a healthy eating kick to feel fighting fit now that the world is slowly opening back up again then it’s likely that asparagus features on your shopping list. But, can you share your asparagus with your dog?

The answer is yes, dogs can eat asparagus. It’s not toxic but there are a few things to consider before you switch out Fido’s usual food in favour of green veg!

Will asparagus hurt my dog?

Asparagus is non-toxic so it’s unlikely that it will hurt your pup but it could cause digestive upsets if given in large amounts. If you want to introduce asparagus to your dog’s diet, start off slowly and see how they react to small amounts before giving them any more.

What does asparagus do for dogs?

The reasons asparagus is popular amongst humans is because it’s loaded with nutrients and this applies to pups, too.

So, what are the benefits of asparagus for dogs?

1. Asparagus supports your dog’s immune system

Asparagus is packed with fibre which is great for your dog. Fibre supports regular bowel movements and feeds good bacteria in the colon making it good for their immune system too.

2. It’s loaded with vitamins…

Asparagus is loaded with vitamins A, C, E, K and B9 making it great for your pup’s health when included in part of a varied diet.

3.…and minerals too

Asparagus also provides your dog with calcium, copper, potassium and iron. Potassium can help to improve brain and muscle function, while copper helps to form collagen and connective tissue, and calcium is essential for bone development and blood clotting.

What are the risks of asparagus for dogs?

As we mentioned before, asparagus can affect your dog’s stomach, making them prone to flatulence. This is especially true if you feed your dog raw asparagus. As with all vegetables, asparagus will become more easily digestible if you steam, boil or blend it first.

Another potential hazard is choking. We humans only eat the softest part of the asparagus and only when it’s cooked. Giving your pup hard, whole, uncooked asparagus is best avoided. Trim the tough stalk, cook until tender and cut into smaller pieces to prevent the risk of choking.

What other vegetables can my dog eat?

Dogs are omnivores so they need a varied diet to satisfy their needs. This diet can and should include vegetables for their nutritional content but which fruit and vegetables can you safely give to your dog? Check out our list:

What veggies can’t a dog eat?

While lots of fruit and veg are fine for dogs, there’s a list that should be avoided too. Check it out:

•    Avocado
•    Brussel sprouts 
•    Cherries
•    Garlic
•    Grapes/raisins/currants
•    Mushrooms
•    Onion
•    Rhubarb

How much asparagus can a dog eat?

Ever heard of the 10% rule? It states that when feeding dogs treats (including fruit and veg), it should account for no more than 10% of a dog’s diet. Aim to adhere to this rule whenever feeding your dog anything other than its usual meals.

How to feed asparagus to your dog?

Always cook the asparagus before you give it to your pup and chop it into chunks so that it doesn’t prove to be a choking hazard. As with anything new, if your dog has never had asparagus before then start slowly and give them a small amount of cooked asparagus to see how they react. Once you’re happy, you can introduce a little more.

So, there you have it. When given in moderation and introduced gradually, cooked and chopped asparagus can contribute towards a healthy and varied diet for your dog. Why not give it a go and see what your pup makes of it?

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