Can dogs eat Lentils?

can dogs eat lentilsYes

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein, essential for a dog's muscle development and tissue repair.
  • Lentils contain B vitamins and iron which promote brain, blood, and nerve health.
  • Lentils are packed with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and phosphorous. These essential minerals help regulate various organ functions in dogs.
  • Lentils are high in fiber which helps digest and reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Lentils are also rich in polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that boost the immune system and protect a dog's body against free radicals.

Risks

health-risks
  • Although lentils are highly nutritious, they contain antinutrients that can affect the absorption of certain nutrients. Lentils have lectins which can disrupt the digestive system, while tannins may prevent iron absorption. In addition, the phytic acids in lentils can reduce the absorption of important minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.
  • Legumes are known to be associated with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart condition in dogs. Diets high in legumes, including peas and lentils, potentially contribute to DCM.
health-risks-dog

Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Before cooking the lentils, rinse in cold water to remove dirt and debris. Soak the lentils for 30 minutes to break down the carbs and cut down on cooking time. Cook without seasoning.
  • Cooked lentils can be given in moderation as a meal topper occasionally.
  • Some commercial dog foods contain lentils. Check the label to ensure that your dog is not eating too much lentils.

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