Can dogs eat Quinoa?

can dogs eat quinoaYes

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Quinoa is packed with calcium, protein, and nine essential amino acids.
  • It is also high in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Quinoa is a good source of iron, magnesium, and vitamin B12.
  • It has been used as one of the ingredients in some high-quality dog food.

Risks

health-risks
  • Quinoa contains saponin, a compound that may cause digestive problems in dogs. Wash the quinoa before cooking it to eliminate the saponins,
  • Some dogs might find it difficult to digest quinoa.
  • Quinoa contains calcium oxalate, which can cause kidney and bladder stones if consumed excessively.
  • Dogs with kidney problems or that are prone to kidney stones should not be given quinoa.
health-risks-dog

Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Wash the quinoa before cooking it to remove the saponin content.
  • Only serve cooked quinoa to a dog, cooking the quinoa to make digestion easier.
  • Make sure it's served in moderation. Quinoa should not make up for the majority of your dog's diet since it is a carbohydrate, and the majority of your dog's diet should be from quality meat-based protein.

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