Can I Give My Dog Asparagus?

Can I Give My Dog Asparagus?Asparagus is one of the more healthy vegetables so how about feeding some to the family dog? Could canines use the extra vitamins and nutrients or is there some reason to avoid doing so?

A downside to feeding your dog some asparagus is the likelihood of odors, whether in the form of gas or smelly urine. Weigh that against the anti-aging and cancer preventing properties as well as this food’s ability to reduce inflammation and arthritic joint pain.

Asparagus is a superfood and there’s no reason to believe that Fido can’t receive these powerful perks as well. The catch is that dogs aren’t so well equipped, compared to humans, to eat vegetables. That’s said, there’s nothing wrong with sharing some on occasion.

Can I Give My Dog Some Asparagus? Answer: Yes, in moderation

There’s no harm in providing a small portion, but you may not approve of the smell afterwards.

Other than that, asparagus may or may not agree with your canine’s stomach. Most dogs don’t have negative reactions but smelly diarrhea is a possibility. Some take the view that it isn’t necessary to include any vegetables in a typical canine diet. That’s mostly true but you can offer your dog asparagus now and then, assuming they deal with it okay.

A more practical way to incorporate this health food into your dog’s diet is with a quality dog treat that contains asparagus among several other greens.

Asparagus Fern is Toxic

The veggie itself is totally fine but there’s confusion. You see, there are several types of asparagus plants which are dangerous for pets according to the ASPCA. So don’t let your dog play near a fern that’s related to this wonderful vegetable. The specific toxins are called Sapogenins and they can cause serious gastric upset if ingested. Don’t let that scare you since asparagus stalks are in no way poisonous for dogs.

Best Way to Prepare It

Maybe your dog wolfs down whatever you put in front of him or her. In any case, make asparagus easier on digestion by cutting the stalks up into small pieces. Serve their small portion completely plain, without any other ingredients. You can give your dog fresh cut-up stalks (raw) or serve them lightly cooked (in boiling water or steamed). Most of the nutrients will be lost if you are feeding well done asparagus.

Much like spinach, you want to consume your supply sooner rather than later because asparagus rapidly loses its nutrients.

Asparagus is a Superfood

This is among the world’s most healthiest foods so it’s no wonder you want to share some with your dog. Asparagus is low in calories yet it packs a nutritional punch. There’s no reason why dogs can’t benefit from the high levels of vitamin K, folate, copper, iron, vitamin B1 & B2 and several other vitamins and minerals. Perhaps the qualities in asparagus that could most benefit dogs are the powerful antioxidants.

Dogs are Mostly Carnivores

Truth be told, dogs don’t really need a lot of vegetables to supplement their diet as long as they’re getting quality meat protein. They also don’t process foods in the exact same way we do. Also, not all foods that are considered healthy will apply to canines.

That said, there’s nothing wrong with feeding modest portions of plain asparagus. Dog owners who are very strict about providing a 100% carnivorous diet are misguided. Just don’t overdo it with the veggies! See how they react and then you’ll know for certain.

Conclusion on Asparagus

Yes, you can give a moderate amount of asparagus to your dog. Serve it plain and only lightly cooked, or raw, to ensure they’ll be benefiting from its rich nutrients. Don’t be surprised at the terrible smell, either from their urine or flatulence. It’s the nature of asparagus. If you are feeding this super food to your dog for the first time, start with a tiny amount and monitor them afterwards for signs that their stomach doesn’t agree.

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Karen January, 2016

Asparagus are one of very few vegetables that can provide your pet with probiotics. Steam them or puree, add 10% to daily meal. There is nothing better than feeding good wholesome food to your pet as opposed to processed pet food filled with fillers, preservatives and all that other crap.


Juan January, 2016

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.


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.


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.


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. I 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!


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.


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.


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.


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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