Can I Give My Dog Kale?

Can I Give My Dog Kale?People absolutely love kale. This cruciferous vegetable was mostly a garnish until it became a super food. It is healthy, but that doesn’t make it okay for dogs.

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You can share a small amount of kale. Your dog can benefit, but it’s very important to limit the portions. Too much of this favorite veggie could be harmful.

Several health problems can result if a dog eats a bunch of kale. Calcium oxalate, Isothiocyanates and Thallium need to be understood before chow time!

Can I Give My Dog Kale? Answer: Yes, only occasionally and small amounts

It’s important to not overdo it with this vegetable.

Be conservative about feeding your dog kale despite the nutritional benefits. This food has potential downsides for dogs. Kidney stones, bladder stones, gastric irritation and other complications are possible as a result of eating too much kale.

Moderation is a must!

Isothiocyanate Factor

Kale is said to have excellent anti-cancer properties. Studies show that Isothiocyanates are very healthy in this regard.

Dogs, on the other hand, may react poorly to this powerful plant property. Gastritis (upset stomach) is often the result.

This does not mean that you can never feed your dog any kale. It’s just smart to limit portions to mitigate unnecessary gastric risks.

K9s & Calcium Oxalate

So, much like beets and spinach, you have to ration kale for your dog’s sake. The presence of calcium oxalates is a factor to strongly consider.

The reason?

Canines can develop bladder and/or kidney stones from eating certain foods. Over time these solid masses may become extremely painful to pass. Careful!

Troubles w/ Thyroid?

There is solid evidence that large amounts of kale consumption can negatively affect thyroid function.

For this reason it’s best not to feed your dog any raw kale (or the ribs), especially in significant amounts.

The goitrogens in kale are worrisome if a dog has Hypothyroidism or any other thyroid condition. Talk with your vet if this is the case.

The Thallium Truth

A chemical element called Thallium is found in kale as well as broccoli. This heavy metal may be harmful for your dog if enough is consumed.

Thallium poisoning of dogs is relatively rare, but there is a degree of toxicity. It’s something to be aware of.

Healthy for Hounds?

You can produce a long list of healthy characteristics associated with kale. The vitamin A and vitamin C are both off the charts!

Thiamin, riboflavin, fiber, potassium, iron, vitamin K, manganese, copper and folate are great. The high protein and calcium, in particular, justifies sharing with a furry friend for some folks.

If you are keen on kale then consider this all-natural non-GMO crunchy organic dog treat which gets really great reviews.

Just please also understand the drawbacks of feeding Fido in excess.

Conclusion on Kale

You should perhaps not feed your dog kale if you want to avoid risks. There are many reasons not to provide this food. Kale may not be safe enough as a regular treat, but don’t panic if your dog has eaten some. Small amounts, once in awhile, are not toxic.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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