Dogs are omnivores. This means they can digest fruit and vegetables as well as meat. It is beneficial for them to ingest some of the vitamins found in these foods, although some types of fruit and veg are not suitable for dogs as they can upset their digestive systems. So, it is always worth checking whether it is safe before you pop a veggie treat in your dog’s bowl.
Can dogs eat broccoli?
The short answer is yes, they can! Both raw and cooked. But only in small amounts. Broccoli contains isothiocyanates which can cause gastro upset in dogs, so only feed it as a maximum of 10% of your dog’s daily food intake to avoid this issue. Some dogs react more sensitively to broccoli than others. Start by giving them just a tiny bit, and then you can increase the amount slowly.
Only feed broccolli as an ‘extra’ to your dog’s regular food. Nutritionists recommend these extras should only take up 10% of your dog’s daily calorie needs anyway, so feed sparingly.
Whether you give your dog broccoli, cooked or raw, only feed it without seasoning as salt is poisonous to dogs. Make sure you cut the broccoli into small pieces for smaller dogs to avoid it becoming a choking hazard.
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