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. With up to 40,000 bean varieties, most of which are rich in protein and fiber, it’s hard to generalize but let’s be honest; Dogs and beans! Most dogs are gassy enough!

It’s widely know that beans are associated with increased flatulence or gas. If you aren’t so concerned with that aspect and you’re still thinking of including beans as part of your dog’s meals, you’ve come to the right place. Many types of people foods are toxic for dogs so checking on beans is prudent. Carelessly feeding pets certain food groups intended for humans can sometimes expose dogs to all sorts of problems.

In general, you can feed your dog beans because this type of vegetable isn’t toxic for canines. However, with so many different types of beans available you really need to be cautious. Green beans, black beans, white beans, chili beans and other kinds which are canned are all quite common. We’ll look at some of these bean types as well as the pros and cons for your dog’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Beans? Answer: Yes

Feeding your dog typical beans with, for example, a rice recipe is considered to be safe. Just avoid serving them raw and limit the portion.

Keep in mind that certain raw beans may be harmful to your dog. Especially avoid serving the raw Red Kidney variety since they contain a harmful toxin. In any case, beans aren’t really the proper food for your pet. It’s not a balanced canine diet and should be the exception. That’s 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.

Pros & Cons of Beans

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 K9-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.

If you do occasionally feed your dog some beans, make sure that you limit their portions and only serve it to them cooked. Generally, raw vegetables are harder to digest. Your dog may experience stomach problems, in addition to terrible gas, because of the way it’s served.

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Mary Anne March 31, 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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Jo January 24, 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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Mark January 3, 2015

Just read an article where a Bramble, a Blue Merle Collie, lived to be 27 years old eating a vegan diet. It flies in the face of “dogs must eat meat” doesn’t it?

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Sharron January 4, 2015

Hi Mark. I also don’t think that dogs need all that meat protein. I have a Yorkie/Chihuahua, she’s not an overly active dog, just a typical little house dog. She prefers canned dog food compared to dry. I do mix dry and canned food together. The dry is mostly made up of plant protein rather than meat and she is doing well on it. I have had her on the dry foods that have a lot of meat in them but she doesn’t care for them and won’t eat it. If I mix veggies in with the dry food, she eats the veggies and leaves the dry behind.

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Carol November 30, 2014

I feed a mixture of dry and cooked organ meats ground up with beans including black, kidney navy, split peas and lentils. They love the treat on top.

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Sharron November 10, 2014

I feed my Yorkie/Chihuahua mix 1/8 cup of dry food 3 times a day. What amount of green beans per serving do I mix in with the dry food?

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Christie November 13, 2014

Hello Sharron. I would give your little guy about a tablespoon once a day for about a week and then if you want give a little more up to two times a day. You can also give your beloved pet other veggies if you want. Just make sure they are cooked very well and mash them up. If you make a big batch, you can freeze it in the size you need for a week at a time. They will stay up to 3 months in the freezer. I’m so happy you are feeding your dog good and safe food. If you need anything else happy to help out.

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Sharron November 14, 2014

Hi Christie. Thanks your reply. What is your opinion on Royal Canine dog food? Should I be giving a holistic food? High protein, high fat, lots of calories? She isn’t a very active dog and she wouldn’t be able to burn off those calories. Also, she doesn’t like those foods. I have tried many over the past 4 years including raw, dehydrated and home cooked meals. Thank you.

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Tiffany November 16, 2014

I’ve used Royal Canine for my Westie and she loves it. They’ve got various lines, including a mature line of dog foods that should be more suited if your dog is not very active and if she’s older. Mine is 5 years old but needs to lose weight and just hangs around and sits at the bench to watch people pass by most of the time, with the exception of her nightly walks.

But I have had another dog who also disliked dog food in general and preferred home-cooked meals. So what I did was I still gave her home cooked meals and used the dog food as treats or fillers to her diet. I would feed her a small serving of dog food first then finish off with the yummier food, just to make sure she didn’t miss out on nutrients from both types of food.

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Esther February 14, 2015

We let our Corgi-mix fill up on as many greens beans as he wants. He always thinks he is hungry, but needs to lose a little weight.

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