Dogs are omnivores and hence can eat both meat and vegetables. But is Asparagus safe for dogs?
Yes. As like many other food choices, a Dog can eat Asparagus but consuming it in moderation would be best.
Asparagus is produced since 2500 years and since roughly 150 years in USA. It is low in calories and packed with many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
If you are a fan of Asparagus, then lucky you, this small veggie is packed with good chunks of nutrients which is good for you and your pooch as well.
This vegetable can be given to dogs as raw or a little cooked (boiled or steamed). Advantage of raw asparagus is that it retains its nutrients which gets lost when you cook. But at the same time, raw asparagus may be a bit difficult to digest.
So if the dog can digest the raw asparagus, eating raw is better otherwise lightly cooked may be a better bet. You may also alternate between them just to give your loved one a different treat.
Benefits of Asparagus for dogs
- High in Nutrients: Asparagus is high in many nutrients like Vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants. Among many, it is a very good source of
- Vitamin K. It is great for bone health.
- Folate – A nutrient that greatly helps in cell growth.
- Vitamin A
- The Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Low in Calories: This is helpful in keeping your dog fit and away from diseases.
- Good source of Anti-oxidants: Anti-oxidants promotes good health and are known to protect from diseases like cancer, diabetes or heart attacks. Antioxidants prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce your risk of chronic disease.
- Promotes digestive health: 1/2 a cup of Asparagus has 1.8 grams of fiber and dietary fiber is essential for digestion. Asparagus is in particular high insoluble fiber which helps in regular bowel movements. Thus including asparagus is a good way to keep your digestive system healthy.
- High in Inulin. The inulin content may be around 2-3 grams per 100-gram (3.5-oz) of Asparagus. Inulin helps as a prebiotic to aid digestion. They are the food source of good bacteria that helps in digestion and prebiotics helps in increasing their counts thus helping the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Things you should be aware of
- Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten. Once the buds start to open (“ferning out”), the shoots quickly turn woody.
- Asparagus ferns are known to be toxic to dogs and may cause mild to severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you think your dog has got this, it is best to take the advise of the vet.
- Asparagus stalks are tough. This makes them hard to chew or digest and also may become a choking hazard for small dogs. To reduce the risk, it is best to steam or boil the asparagus before consumption.
- Asparagus makes the urine smelly for dogs as it does for humans. So be cautious specially if your dog is not well trained as it may be awful cleaning the same.
Side effects of Asparagus on Dogs
Asparagus is known for its diuretic properties and side effects of this is it makes urine smelly and it can also change the color of the stool to be more greenish.
If he has eaten the Asparagus ferns, this could be toxic and may cause diarrhea or vomiting.
How dog can eat Asparagus?
We may cook our Asparagus meal tasty with the use of Garlic, onion or butter with salt but they may be unnecessary for the dog and should be avoided. Garlic and onions should be avoided for consumption by the dogs.
It is best to serve raw asparagus if he can digest as it retains most of the nutrients else give him boiled.
Asparagus is a herbaceous plant that grows up to approx 40 to 60 inches tall. They have been cultivated as vegetable for its unique taste and as medicine for its diuretic properties. Only young asparagus shoots are recommended for eating. As once the buds start to open the shoots quickly turn woody. This is known as ‘Ferning out‘.
Hope you now know the answer to the query “Can my dog eat Asparagus?” though we still recommend to consult your vet so you know the right serving based on factors like age, size and breed etc.