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Can dogs eat broccoli?

Dog sitting with broccoli

If you are a dog owner, you might be looking for some healthy snacks that you can give your pup through the day. While it is common knowledge that certain fruits and vegetables are not healthy for dogs such as raw onion and grapes, there are some that will go hand in hand with your dog's regular diet. Broccoli is one of the vegetables that you should consider feeding your dog as a light snack or as part of their meal, but remember that this should not become the majority of your dog's diet. Down below we have listed everything that you need to know about feeding your dog broccoli.

Health benefits

Broccoli is a great source of a variety of vitamins such as A, C and K. It is also full of other minerals and nutrients such as potassium and calcium. Due to this, it is thought that feeding your dog this vegetable may be able to help them fight off disease. In addition to this, it is an excellent source of fibre, and while dogs don’t typically need much fibre in their diet, it isn’t going to cause your dog any harm.

Broccoli is also a low fat and low-calorie option, so feeding your dog this vegetable isn’t going to cause weight gain and can actually be a good addition to your dog's diet. Another benefit worth mentioning is that it can help to improve or maintain your dog's digestive system.

What to look out for

Feeding your dog broccoli is typically not going to be dangerous. However, there are still some things that could go wrong as there would be feeding them any other hard or crunchy foods. Broccoli can cause gas and bloating in your dog, and if this happens, reduce your dog's broccoli intake. Also, if your dog is on a special/prescription diet you should check with your veterinarian before feeding.

You need to make sure that you are watching your animal as you are feeding it broccoli. Any hard food that needs to be chewed thoroughly can be a choking hazard. Due to this, you should make sure that your dog is supervised when being given this vegetable as a snack.

Allergic reactions are another thing that you need to keep an eye out for. If your dog has an allergic reaction, you should take it to see the veterinarian immediately. These allergies may present differently depending on what type of dog you have, but here are some of the common symptoms to look out for:

  • Tummy issues such as vomiting or diarrhea

  • Scratching

  • Dragging its bottom across the floor

  • Excessive sneezing

  • Breathing issues

If you notice that your dog develops any of these symptoms, stop feeding them broccoli.

Safe broccoli recipes for dogs

If you are wondering how to make broccoli safe for your dog and minimize all the potential risks, below we have included some recipes that you can consider feeding your dog.

  1. Boil chicken and rice until the chicken is almost fully cooked, or al dente.

  2. Add broccoli and simmer until the chicken is finished.

  3. Let the meal cool and then add the eggs and oil.

  4. This doggy dinner can also be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Or, another idea:

  1. Cut broccoli stem, peel carrots and cut squash. Keep the peelings as this is for your dog. Mix together and steam in a rice cooker or bake in the oven. Check out Rocky’s favorite rice cooker.

  2. Air fry potato shavings after pouring in 1 tablespoon olive oil in air fryer (or place in oven).

  3. Pan fry salmon in 1 tablespoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping, pull off the crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in a dog bowl.

  4. Once everything is finished cooking mix all together in a dog bowl.

We hope that after reading this article, you feel like you know everything you need to about feeding your dogs broccoli.