We all know that Broccoli is a healthy super food. It’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients but are those going to benefit your dog in the same way? If you’re concerned about providing your canine with a well-balanced diet, you may be considering broccoli for them. Let’s look at the idea of giving broccoli to dogs.
Sometimes, out of love for our pets, we make assumptions which turn out to be true in theory but not so much in reality. Giving your dog broccoli is probably one of those cases. It turns out, K9s don’t need vegetables as much as people do. Providing human foods to dogs can be really tricky sometimes which is why we created this website in the first place.
This flowering green plant and some other green vegetables, don’t actually provide the type of overall diet your dog needs. While you can certainly allow your dog to taste a small amount of broccoli, it isn’t really recommended as part of their regular meals. Broccoli is not poisonous but some dogs are known to develop gastrointestinal symptoms which can be a painful irritant if they consume too much.
Can My Dog Eat Broccoli? Answer: In Moderation, But Not Necessary
In general, broccoli is fine when given in moderation but not as part of a regular canine diet.
Broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable like kale, can be a great source of fiber and vitamin C for your pet dog but this can easily be obtained from well formulated dog food and at a cheaper price point.
Many dog owners look for that perfect K9 health snack and you may be wondering if broccoli can make the cut in this regard. We say not really, however, there are certainly good things about it. One surprising benefit is that when your dog chews on this vegetable, it can naturally help to clean their teeth.
How Much Broccoli?
Since broccoli contains the ingredient called Isothiocyanate, you really have to be careful about limiting your dog’s consumption of this vegetable. This is the main reason we advise you to be careful with it. Gastrointestinal problems, which can be quite painful for your dog, can develop as a result of eating too much broccoli. The size of your dog plays an important factor in just how much of this vegetable to give your dog.
In general, a single piece is probably fine. The smaller your dog is, the more cautious and conservative I would personally be. As a general rule, broccoli should never exceed 5% of your dog’s daily food intake. Any more than that can possibly cause stomach and bowel problems.
The stems are said to be the safest part for dogs since the top flowery head part contains the chemical which can upset their stomachs and perhaps other symptoms.
The Potential Benefits
Certainly people are tempted to give broccoli to their dogs. As long as you can responsibly limit your dog’s intake, they too could possibly benefit from the high levels of cancer fighting antioxidants. Other important properties may include anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory agents. Broccoli is also said to offer protection against harmful bacteria and viruses as well as boost the immune system.
According to some research, broccoli can even help to repair DNA in the cells so perhaps it has beneficial anti-aging properties. No doubt it is healthy and probably on the same level as carrots.
All these wonderful properties would seem to help lessen the chances of your dog developing any related health ailments. Of course, this is all theory and more dogs have probably gotten sick from broccoli than have been helped. You know how dogs like to overindulge! This is why we always attempt to bring out all the facts so that you can make an informed decision regarding your own dog.
Conclusion on Dogs & Broccoli
Broccoli is a healthy bioflavonoid which can potentially benefit your dog if you limit their servings of it. As with most foods, and especially this one, moderation is very important and it should not really be part of your K9’s regular diet. If your dog develops stomach pains or diarrhea from eating this vegetable you should stop feeding it to them at once.