In short, if you are wondering if your dog can eat broccoli, the answer is yes. However, like other types of food, you should not over feed your dog broccoli. Overfeeding your dog broccoli can be lethal! However, it can make a great snack for dogs in small amounts.
Even though broccoli is packed with nutrients, dogs cannot digest broccoli in the same way that humans can. Due to this, large amounts of broccoli can be lethal to dogs.
Broccoli contains something called isothiocyanate which is a gastric irritant. In dogs isothiocyanate is toxic in large amounts. It is because of this that dogs can be poisoned if they eat too much broccoli.
How Much Broccoli Is Safe For Dogs?
The amount of broccoli that your dog can eat depends on your dogs size. While a stock of broccoli can be dangerous to a small dog such as a Chihuahua or a Teacup Poodle, to a large dog such a German Shepherd or a Lab would be fine.
It has been said that it is safe to feed broccoli if it amounts to less than 5% of your dogs food intake. Over 10% can cause serious stomach aches, and above 25% can be fatal.
Benefits Of Giving Dogs Broccoli
Even though large amounts of broccoli are bad for dogs, small amounts can be healthy.
Broccoli is an amazing source of fiber, which is needed for intestinal health. Fiber helps to regulate your dogs bowl movements.
Broccoli is also full of antioxidants. These help to reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases in dogs. It also contains a compound called bioflavonoids which help prevent cancers.
Broccoli And Dog Treats
Some companies use broccoli inside dog treats to give them added health benefits. If you have or make dog treats that use broccoli, make sure you give them to your dog in moderation.
Broccoli Stalks And Florets For Dogs
Both the stalk and the Florets are healthy for dogs in moderation.
Dogs Are Omnivores
This means that although a dog needs meat to survive, they also need to eat fruits and vegetables. Broccoli is a good way to give your dog some greens, as long as it is in moderation. There are also many other ways to give your dog some extra vegetables. For example giving your dog some zucchini can also be a good way to add vegetables to your dogs diet.
How To Serve
There is no special way broccoli needs to be served. Raw, steamed, or cooked broccoli are all ok. If you are giving your dog cooked broccoli, you should be aware of any sauces that the broccoli was cooked with. Some seasonings commonly used to cook human foods can be toxic to dogs.
Broccoli And Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Broccoli is a rich source of phytonutrients, which act as an anti-inflammatory. Because of this, broccoli is a natural way of treating inflammation.
Broccoli Nutritional Information
One spear of broccoli is approximately 5 inches long and is 30g.
One spear has the following nutritional information:
Debating The Pro’s And Con’s
If you are still debating on if you should give your dog some broccoli, it ends up being your choice. It can be very healthy in small amounts, and has tons of health benefits, but over feeding it to your dog can be lethal. Just make sure that if you do give your dog broccoli, only give a small amount.
Dogs can eat broccoli, and you should not be scared off of feeding your dog broccoli because too much can be dangerous. It has a lot of nutrients that dogs need, and dogs love it. If you do give your dog any, make sure you only give small amounts. It is recommended to give less than 5% of your dogs daily diet. You also should not give your dog broccoli every day. There are other foods you can give to your dog that may be safer than broccoli.
Dogs Like The Taste
Dogs enjoy the taste of broccoli. Because of this if you let your dog eat it, they will eat as much as they can. It is important that you keep it out of reach from your dog so they do not over eat it.
Here is a funny video of a dog who cannot hold in its excitement over seeing that it gets to have a piece of broccoli.