Tasty artichokes can be tempting to share with your dog. This perennial plant bud is packed with nutrients. It makes sense, at least in theory, for Fido to chow down.
The artichoke has high levels of vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium and fiber. It’s certainly healthy, but consider a few other factors before serving some to a pet dog.
Many artichoke recipes include ingredients that dogs shouldn’t be eating. Give this fabulous flowery vegetable in a way that makes digestion easy.
Can I Give My Dog Artichokes? Answer: Yes, in moderation
It’s okay without other potentially harmful ingredients.
Artichokes aren’t toxic for dogs. Nor are the stems, hearts or leaves. The biggest danger is the potential for a digestive tract blockage. Artichokes should be prepared in easy-to-consume portions for your dog. There’s also a chance, as with any human food, 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 will benefit from this antioxidant-rich veggie. Artichokes are low in calories, sodium, fat and cholesterol. They’re also packed with vitamins like potassium and niacin.
Positives Specific to Dogs
Many dogs struggle with digestive issues. Artichokes, either the globe or spiny varieties, may help with irritable bowel as well as flatulence.
The antioxidants defend against cancer, heart problems, premature aging and overall illness. Artichokes are also a boost to the immune system. Your dog’s liver may benefit from artichoke consumption.
K9 Digestion Considerations
To feed a dog an artichoke, prepare it in a way to prevent an intestinal blockage. Fido could easily choke on this food. Dogs consume things in such a way that makes preparation necessary.
Cut the artichoke up into small pieces and ration it. Feed it slowly. You don’t yet know if your dog’s stomach can handle it. Don’t feed artichokes in the same way you may enjoy them.
Exclude garlic and other inappropriate or questionable ingredients. Give your dog all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of a healthy artichoke meal. Who said table food cannot be fed to pets!
Cooked or Raw Artichokes
Artichokes are often steamed, braised, sauteed, boiled or fried. For your dog, it’s best to feed it raw. They won’t be missing out on a delicious recipe. Just keep it simple!
Consuming an artichoke raw means your dog will get the maximum nutritional benefit. Just remove the outer leaves. Then you’re ready to cut it up for your dog so they can chow down.
Try to get a freshly picked artichoke. You can tell it’s fresh if it makes a squeaky sound when it’s squeezed.
Conclusion on Artichokes
There’s nothing toxic about artichokes. It’s a health food for dogs, but there are some risks. Avoid a possibility that your dog could choke on an artichoke. Such blockages are dangerous, sometimes fatal. Raw, and cut up into small pieces, is recommended. Feed your dog an artichoke plain, without added ingredients.