Can I Give My Dog Beans?

Can I Give My Dog Beans?When we think of a dog eating beans, regardless of the nutritional value, it may seem like a bad idea. Though this food is rich in protein and fiber, let’s be honest and say that most pet dogs are gassy enough!

Everyone knows that beans increase flatulence or gas, which would obviously apply to dogs as well. But if you aren’t concerned about that, you’ve come to the right place to learn more. Let’s go over some pros and cons, besides the one we all know about, to determine the appropriateness of beans for the family dog.

In general, you can feed your pooch some beans because this type of vegetable isn’t toxic for canines. However, with so many different varieties, choosing one can be confusing. Green beans, black beans, white beans, chili beans and other several other kinds are all quite common. We’ll also look at common canned beans for your dog’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Beans? Answer: Yes

Serving some with, for example, a rice recipe is safe and nutritious. Just avoid serving them raw and limit portions.

Certain kinds of raw beans may be harmful. In particular, avoid the raw Red Kidney variety since they contain a bad toxin. While healthy in general, keep in mind that beans can’t replace meat proteins which your dog requires. So don’t overly depend on this human food which is why moderation is important.

Even though dogs are now being considered omnivores, meaning meat and plant eaters, they definitely require most of their protein to come from meat sources. Depending on vegetables and beans is not enough to provide your dog with the energy and nutritional requirements they must have.

Other Pros & Cons

Your pet dog, in theory, can benefit from the high protein, fiber content and overall nutritional value of beans. This type of food is possibly a good supplement. One drawback to beans, besides the obvious gas issue, is it’s moist texture characteristic. If you aren’t able to maintain their oral hygiene, your pet dog will be more prone to developing cavities and other gum problems over the long term.

General Benefits of Beans

Other excellent health benefits are the antioxidant properties within beans which may lower your dog’s cholesterol levels just as it can for people. This type of vegetable also may prevent constipation and other bowel issues by helping to maintain their colon. The fiber found in beans can help regulate sugar levels in the blood. This is particularly helpful for dogs suffering from diabetes.

Green & Black Beans

Green beans and black beans among others are good sources of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. They offer high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese to name a few. These high amounts of nutrients can boost your dog’s immune system. In theory, their system will have more strength to fight certain types of diseases over the course of their lifetime.

Canned Beans & Chili

Avoid feeding your dog any human foods that are canned and preserved. That includes canned beans. Such food is loaded with preservatives and your pets can’t tolerate those nasty chemicals. We hear about how some dogs favor chili beans mixed in with their regular dog food, but we feel that would be bad for canine health.

Any heavily spiced foods can cause stomach problems. The build-up from those spices can even be toxic for dogs. Remember that some basic ingredients in human food, such as onions, are very harmful to dogs.

Proper K9 Nutrition

Secure your dog’s health by providing the best canine-formulated diet which offers balanced nutrition. High quality dog food can easily be obtained from reputable pet supply stores so there’s no excuse. Beans just aren’t going to cut it even though they are healthy.

Conclusion on Beans

Yes you can occasionally feed your dog some beans. Just be sure to limit their portions and only serve them cooked. Generally, raw vegetables are more difficult to digest. Your dog may experience stomach problems, in addition to terrible gas, because of the way it’s served.

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Melissa November, 2015

I feed my Yellow Lab cooked chicken, veggies, yogurt and an apple every day. I will occasionally add other items like oatmeal, pumpkin puree and cooked beans. I’ve never had any issues with beans until this last week. I cooked a batch of dry organic beans from Target and fed some to him along with his chicken and veggies. He threw up while I was gone after that. I figured he had some tummy issues and didn’t think anything about it until I gave him some more today. Less than 1/2 a cup, with his food, and within 30 minutes he threw up. It’s gotta be the black beans from Target.

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Hailey June, 2015

My dog will only eat vegetables. If we nearly force him, occasionally he’ll have a bit of meat but he’s happy with frozen veggies. His favorites are peas and sweet potato.

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D June, 2015

Can I feed my dog cooked Lima beans, like the ones in mixed vegetables?

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DorrieL November, 2015

Yes but dry dog food is so far removed from real food that you have to introduce new foods gradually. I cook for my dogs daily which includes a starch, a veggie, a protein, some fat and some Dr. Good pet enzymes. I try to use fresh organic foods as much as possible. A dog not used to real food might feel funny and get the runs until he gets used to it. Dogs need a fresh balanced diet just like you with the exception of onions, nutmeg, certain nuts, grapes, raisins, avocados or alcohol.

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Mary Anne March, 2015

I often cook a 5 liter pot of bean soup with red kidney sugar beans and share it with my dogs. One day after feeding my Boerboel what was left over from the bean soup, she developed a severe stomach contortion at only age 3. That evening I had to take the snap decision to euthanize her. It was so terribly severe. It will remain etched into my memory for the rest of my life. It was like my dog had been poisoned and right after she had eaten the bean soup! I still feel responsible and realize it could only have been the beans that triggered it.

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Hailey June, 2015

You don’t think it could have possibly been any of the seasonings? Was there onion in it? Dogs are horribly allergic to onion and garlic as well.

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Jo January, 2015

I once was out with my pet and one of the kids at the house there left a plate of chili with beans where my Bichon Frise was able to get it. By the time I realized he had eaten it, he was outside playing. He never had any reaction at all. I prepared for the worse, and my dog just licked his chops and swaggered contently away. However, I realized I was very Lucky there was no after effect!

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