If you’ve prepared tasty artichokes, it may be tempting to share some with your dog. This perennial plant bud is packed with lots of nutrients so, in theory, it may make sense for Fido as well.
The artichoke offers high levels of Vitamin C, Folic acid, Magnesium and fiber. But besides being very healthy, there are other important considerations before you serve some up for your beloved pet dog.
There are lots of artichoke recipes, some of which include ingredients which dogs shouldn’t be consuming. In addition, you must serve this flowery vegetable in a way which makes digestion easy for your four-legged friend.
Can I Give My Dog Artichokes? Answer: Yes, in moderation
It’s okay if you keep it simple, without other potentially harmful ingredients.
Artichokes aren’t toxic for dogs, nor are the stems, hearts or leaves. The biggest danger is the potential to create a blockage in the digestive tract. That’s why artichokes should be prepared in easy-to-consume portion sizes for your dog. There is also a chance, as with any human food, that they will react with symptoms of diarrhea and/or vomiting. Many new foods, including artichokes, simply don’t agree with some dogs.
Artichoke Health Benefits
If all goes well, your dog can also benefit from this wonderful antioxidant-rich veggie. Artichokes are low in calories and sodium, contain no fat or cholesterol, all while being packed with lots of vitamins. So canines may be able to pick up some great nutrients that aren’t in their regular kibble.
But keep in mind that dogs create their own vitamin-c. They also don’t typically need to have their cholesterol lowered, another of the many health benefits. The artichoke, however, offers many other positives including Potassium, Niacin and several others.
Specific to Dogs
Lots of dogs struggle with all types of digestive issues. Artichokes, either the globe or spiny varieties, are known to help with irritable bowel and stomach as well as flatulence. The plentiful antioxidants defend against cancer, heart problems, premature aging and overall illness because it boosts the immune system. It’s also possible that your dog’s liver may benefit from occasional artichoke consumption.
K9 Digestion Considerations
To successfully feed your dog an artichoke, you should specially prepare it for them to prevent an unfortunate case of intestinal blockage. They could easily choke on this food. Dogs consume things in such a way that it makes preparation necessary in this case. Cut the artichoke up into small pieces and ration it out. Feed it slowly because you don’t even know if your dog’s stomach can handle it.
Also, don’t feed artichokes to your dog in the same way you may enjoy them. Exclude garlic and other inappropriate or questionable ingredients. This way your dog will get all the benefits and none of the drawbacks to a healthy artichoke meal. Who said table food cannot be fed to pets!
Cooked or Raw
Artichokes are often steamed, braised, sauteed, boiled or fried. For your beloved dog, it’s best to feed it to them raw. They won’t be missing out on a delicious recipe, promise. Just keep it simple! Besides, consuming an artichoke raw means your dog will get the maximum nutritional benefit possible.
Just cut off and get rid of the outer leaves. Then you are ready to cut it up for your dog so they can safely chow down. Try to get a freshly picked one. You can tell it’s fresh if the artichoke makes a squeaky sound when it’s squeezed.
Conclusion on Artichokes
There isn’t anything about an artichoke thistle that’s toxic for dogs. It’s actually a very good health food but there are some risks to feeding artichokes to your best buddy. Be careful to avoid creating an obstruction in your dog’s digestive tract. You don’t want their intestines to have a blockage. So that’s the primary concern with feeding your dog some artichokes on occasion. Finally, be sure to feed them this healthy plant bud without the added ingredients we often use as part of a typical artichoke recipe.