Dogs are omnivores and hence can eat both meat and vegetables. But is Asparagus safe for dogs? 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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 serving size based on factors like age, size and breed etc.