Can dogs eat Asparagus?

can dogs eat asparagusYes

Overview

dog-food-safety-information

Yes, dogs can eat asparagus. It is low in fat and sugar but rich in nutrients and fiber. However, do not confuse asparagus for asparagus fern. The latter is toxic to dogs and may cause allergic dermatitis and stomach issues if ingested.

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Asparagus is great for dogs as this vegetable is low in fat and sugar. It is rich in nutrients and has high dietary fiber.
  • Asparagus also contains high levels of vitamins C, E, and K, as well as copper, folate, and antioxidants.

Risks

health-risks
  • The asparagus fern, which is the inedible part of the plant, is toxic to dogs.
  • Eating large amounts of asparagus can cause vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea in dogs. It can also irritate the kidney.
  • The plant's berries are mildly poisonous.
  • Raw asparagus can become a choking hazard to dogs, as it is very tough to chew.
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Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Boil or steam the asparagus before feeding to dogs. Cooking helps break down the fibrous cells. This makes the asparagus easier for dogs to chew and allows them to absorb more vitamins and minerals.
  • Cut asparagus into bite-sized pieces, boil or steam, and serve in moderation.

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