Can I Give My Dog Asparagus?

Can I Give My Dog Asparagus?Asparagus is one of the more healthy vegetables for people, but how about for dogs? Perhaps canines could use the extra vitamins and nutrients.

The benefits of eating asparagus may have broad health benefits ranging from anti-aging properties to help with preventing cancer, reducing inflammation and pain in the joints, help with strengthening bones as well as improved function of the heart. It sounds like a wonder food. But will it have these same effects on a dog?

Probably not. And the other problem is that they’re not really designed to eat vegetables like asparagus. If you cook it up so it’s soft enough for them to digest it more easily, you will have lost most of the nutrients that it contains and it won’t give them the benefits anyway.

Can I Give My Dog Asparagus? Not Recommended

Although asparagus is really healthy for us humans, it doesn’t translate to dogs, and although your dog may not have any negative reactions to it, since they don’t need it it makes it onto the list of not necessary.

Dogs will just wolf down whatever you put in front of them, they won’t take the time to chew up a piece of asparagus in their mouth until it’s ready to swallow. A couple of chomps and it will be down the hatch. It will probably cause problems coming out the other end too.

Dogs are Carnivores

Dogs don’t really need a lot of vegetables to supplement their diet. Their digestive system has leaned to handle the vegetable fillers that are in most commercial dog foods, but giving them asparagus because you think they will get a lot of health benefits from it is not right.

A dog doesn’t process foods the same way that a human does, so foods that are labeled healthy for us do not immediately apply to the canine species.

Keeping it Simple

The best thing you can do for your dog is just keep things as simple as you can. Buy a premium dog food with mostly meat ingredients. Feed it to them at the same time every day, and they’ll be happy as can be. This will get their digestion into a routine and you should have very few, if any, health complications like diarrhea or indigestion.

As a responsible owner it can sometimes feel like you’re not doing enough for your dog by just giving it dog food and water. In your head you’re thinking that if a human was on that sort of diet they’d be malnourished. But for dogs that’s all they really need.

Of course you can give them the occasional treat, and even some leftovers from the dinner table, but you don’t need to go out of your way to make them asparagus, and if there’s leftover asparagus from dinner, it’s probably not the best choice for a treat.

Better Treat Options

You can get specially formulated dog food biscuits that contain more vitamins and nutrients suited for dogs. They’ll also be easier for them to digest than a piece of asparagus, and some are even designed to scrub your dogs teeth while they chew them. You can also give them a special bone to chew on that you can get from your local pet supply store.

These are created so that they don’t splinter, and they can provide hours of chewing enjoyment for your dog, and is closer to what they’d eat in the wild as a treat.

To recap, dogs get enough vegetables added to their dog food, and really they don’t even need those, and dog food manufacturers put them in there as filler because they’re cheaper than meat. So don’t give them even more unnecessary vegetables in the form of asparagus.

Conclusion on Asparagus

Even though your dog is domesticated, think of their cousins and ancestors out in the wild, and use that as a gauge of what to give them. Surely steamed asparagus is not something they would seek out or have access to on their own.

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Juan January, 2016

I disagree. Dogs are mammals too and they are dying from cancer, diabetes, arthritis, renal failure, etc. The same diseases are killing them as humans. I’m a Detox Certified Coach for humans. When a friend told me her dog was dying from cancer and arthritis I found that similar diets and supplements, in less amounts than humans, are helping them.

We feed our 1 year old Westie with protein-based hard food and we give her dry liver treats. Little by little, I found she likes asparagus. Yes, dogs are carnivores and also they have liver, insulin. They get fat as humans with high simple carbs diet so I’m finding asparagus is a great complex carb complement to their diet after reading how other dogs like it.

I’m saying give it to them once in a while instead of making their whole diet asparagus based, of course. Remember, carnivores need veggies nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc). They get it when eating meat from herbivores that ate veggies.

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Constance June, 2015

I give my little dog about 2 inches of steamed asparagus, sliced in tiny pieces, about once a week. Dogs can eat vegetables and aren’t strictly carnivores. We all know they love to chomp on lawn grass here and there.

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Pam February, 2015

Recently, I was looking for a whole food dog treat. A treat that would satisfy my dog and at the same time, contain next to no calories and sugars. I tried asparagus and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. She simply loves it! Now, along with carrots and almonds, it is part of her regular diet. If something doesn’t sit right with a dog’s ability to digest, more than likely, it will not take to the particular food readily, again.

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Bobbi April, 2015

Although I am not a vet, I can say that yes there are certain things that our little doggies cannot have such as grapes. In response to this site, and I see no evidence that this person is a doctor but a loving person of furry ones, I have to say that I disagree and believe that our dogs do need some veggies. For example, as a nice treat as opposed to a store bought one (possible preservatives), we have been giving them baby carrots, and sometimes Asparagus stocks. For years they have been happy with this. Be a smart pet owner and realize that whatever veggies are in your doggies crunched up food is good enough. Well, I say fresh are better than processed. Just make sure you are giving them the right veggies. So good luck to you. Good luck all, love your furry people!

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Pam April, 2015

Absolutely! I agree, whole foods are always a better choice, for us as well. A little heads up on baby carrots: most of those little bags of carrots you see in your grocery store, unless they actually state ‘baby carrots’, are not. As well, because they are peeled, are treated with ammonia to prevent bacteria forming. Go for the large, organic, unpeeled carrots-bagged. A simple slicing in two, or four if they’re large and you have a small dog, will suffice nicely.

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Cyd February, 2015

I was blanching asparagus tonight and my dog was begging for it. He loves asparagus, green beans, apples, watermelon and cantaloupe. I make chicken, rice, beef and turkey for him too.

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Margrete June, 2013

Asparagus is, in fact, good for dogs. Some dogs, including my own, would rather eat asparagus than meat. When presented the choices, he will eat the asparagus first. My guess is that if he lived wild and had access to it, he would still be gnawing on asparagus.

Broccoli is also very good for dogs and in fact one of the vegetables you should feed your dog if they can’t have meat for some reason, like due to allergies. I did this for some time for my own dog.

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Cassie May, 2014

My Lab loves asparagus! I don’t give him a lot at a time, but will save the ends of the stalks for him as a treat. We live in Alaska so he doesn’t get anything green to eat for months at a time, unless it’s stuff I’m cooking. He also loves all cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.), carrots and bananas. Again, he gets a bite here and a bite there, not a huge serving. I think he enjoys the crunch and the fiber helps keep him regular and keep his anal glands from getting impacted.

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