Can dogs eat Chia seeds?

can dogs eat chia seedsYes

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Chia seeds are a powerful source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • They also contain fiber, which helps in constipation and weight loss.
  • These tiny gluten-free seeds are great sources of antioxidants, B vitamins, phosphorus, protein, and zinc.

Risks

health-risks
  • Chia seeds are high in fatty acids and fiber. Excessive consumption can cause GI upset in dogs.
  • Avoid serving dry chia seeds to dogs with digestive conditions. When ingested, they collect moisture in the digestive tract and turn into clumps. This can lead to intestinal blockage, especially for dogs that don't have a strong stomach. To prevent this from happening, soak the seeds first and allow them to swell.
health-risks-dog

Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Chia seeds don't need to be grounded.
  • Recommended serving size: 1 - 2 teaspoons daily depending on your dog's size.

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