Can dogs eat Peas?

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Overview

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Yes, dogs can have peas occasionally. Peas are packed with several vitamins and minerals and offer many health benefits to dogs, such as improving eye health and heart health. However, feeding peas to dogs with kidney problems is discouraged as it might aggravate their condition.

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Peas are loaded with essential vitamins such as A, K, and B vitamins. They are also packed with potassium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
  • Peas have high fiber content as well as protein. These nutrients help with dogs’ digestion and restore muscle strength.
  • Peas also help enhance a dog’s eye health, skin, and heart and are beneficial for their nerves.

Risks

health-risks
  • Avoid giving peas to dogs with kidney problems as they contain purines, which produce uric acid, and too much of this can lead to kidney stones.
  • An ongoing study into grain-free dog foods has found that peas may be a contributing cause of non-genetic DCM ( Dilated Cardiomyopathy ) in dogs.
  • Avoid serving canned peas as they contain high amounts of sodium, which is bad for a dog's health.
  • Peapods are a potential choking hazard.
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Servings

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  • Although there is no solid conclusion to back up the direct relation between canine DCM and peas, it is best to be safe than sorry. Give peas to your dog in moderation, occasionally.
  • Peas can be served fresh, frozen, or thawed.
  • Make sure to remove the pods as they can cause choking.
  • Avoid canned peas because they are usually high in sodium and might contain other harmful ingredients.

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