We all want to keep our pet healthy, so why not feed him some vegetables? Today, we find out can dogs eat cauliflower, one of the healthiest vegetables to humans.
Yes. Unseasoned cauliflower in small portions. Watch out for gasses and bloating.
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Can My Dog Eat Cauliflower?
Very similar to broccoli, at least by appearance, cauliflower is one of the best vegetables you can pamper your dog with. Not only it is nutritious and harmless, but the texture also provides the dog with a nice chewy treat. In fact, some popular dog treats have dried cauliflower. It is a very low-calorie vegetable.
Of course, your canine does not require cauliflower in his/her diet in order to be healthy. Neither is cauliflower a high-source of nutrients. However, on the other hand, cooked or raw cauliflower are one of the lightest treats you can feed your furry buddy. Just don’t overdo.
Keep it Simple – No Seasoning, No Dressing
Although you can feed him/her either cooked or raw, you must avoid seasoning and dressing. Feed only unseasoned cauliflower. Salt, vinegar, oil, herbs, pepper, spices, and others can seriously put your furry friend in danger. Avoid them at all costs. If by accident your animal has eaten a seasoned cauliflower and is showing signs of nausea, stomach pain, and even diarrhea and vomiting, visit a vet as soon as possible.
Side of Effect: Gasses and Irregular Bowl Movements
So, what happens if we feed too many cauliflower (or broccoli) to our pet? Well, be prepared for some very stinky gasses. A well-known side effect of this veggie on dogs and cats is how gassy they get. Although it may sound funny, it indeed gives our dogs intestinal discomfort. If the dog is an indoor pet and you give him freedom to roam to every part of the house, you will also find these “gasses” rather annoying.
Besides this, it can also cause bloating which consequently causes the dog to have stomach and intestinal pain. Therefore, only give him/her small portions and not too often. Don’t let this light snack turn into a bad eating habit as it will affect your animal’s health.
Nutritional Value of Cauliflower
Although nutritious, cauliflower is not the highest-source of nutrients as broccoli is. In fact, cauliflower doesn’t have that many benefits to our dogs. However, as a light veggie snack it’s great and chewy, most dogs enjoy them. Some owners use small portions of cauliflower to train their pets.
Some of the cauliflower nutrients that are good for the pet:
- Vitamin C* – Strengths the skin and gives it elasticity. It may also help fight fevers. Vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant, protecting the cells from being destroyed and eliminating free radicals.
- Vitamin K – Improves liver and blood health. It can also help with heart and bone-related diseases.
- Fiber – Plays a great role in our dog’s digestive health. Although some people do not consider it vital to the animal’s diet. It enhances bowl movements, fights constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.
*Dogs do not need extra vitamin C. Their bodies already produced the amount of vitamin they need.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners as well.
What Dosage is Healthy?
One cup of cauliflower is 124 grams. The dosage to feed your dog, of course, depends on the canine’s weight, size, and health record. However, our opinion is that any amount between 50 to 250 grams is enough. 250 for large breeds and 50 for small dogs.
What are the Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?
This is extremely unlikely to happen. Cauliflower allergies are not common at all. However, if you notice a strange behavior and don’t know what to do, please contact the vet.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower?
The answer is yes. It is a harmless vegetable. Just keep in mind for gases and bloated stomachs. Feeding him/her this veggie is completely fine as long as you do it in small portions and only occasionally.
Important: Avoid seasoning and dressing!
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