Lentils are certainly healthy for people but what about for your dog? You might say the answer is complicated because of all the pros and cons. Learn more here so you can smartly make up your own mind.
Dogs can and literally will consume almost anything and sometimes they eat dangerous things. Not true regarding lentils as there are much worse human foods for pets.
Lentils are a bean food group that offers much in the way of nutrients. So this type of legume, in particular, is tempting when it comes to feeding the family dog. Let’s take a closer look for your pup’s sake.
Can I Give My Dog Some Lentils? Answer: Not necessary but okay
They are a good source of protein,iron and fiber but expect your dog to be gassy afterwards.
While generally harmless, and even nutritious, lentils also cause some mild digestive issues for your canine. If you know which types of legumes cause bouts of indigestion, or excessive gas, then you can be selective. Give your dog these types of healthy foods occasionally but don’t overdo it. There are so many different kinds of beans, and your dog will likely not be able to digest some of them very well.
Overall, lentils can make a good meal for your dog. Not only will they enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, but it will also be quite healthy for them assuming they are found to be agreeable. The only way to really find out is by providing a small amount for your dog and then observing them for digestive or bowel issues.
Diabetes & Lentils
This ancient food is a favorite of those who are diabetic because the starch makeup is very favorable. If you have a dog with diabetes then you may wish to consult with your vet on incorporating lentils into their diet.
Legumes Can Be Bad
The fact is that there are negative aspects to lentils even for humans. Trypsin inhibitors and somewhat high levels of phytate content are not considered this legume’s best health attributes. One way to reduce phytates is to soak, in warm water, your lentils overnight. This would be a good preparation idea for both you and your dog prior to chow time!
Also, stick to plain lentils when it comes to feeding your dog something from this food group. With all the different bean types out there, some can give your dog terrible bouts of indigestion. It could also stress your dog out and lead to some behavioral changes, not to mention some very bad gas!
What to Watch For
There are plenty more ingredients that would-be chefs often add-in along with lentils to make a meal more wholesome. While your human guests are likely to thank you for such a delicious meal, it can be very dangerous to serve your dog the same thing (though they will still likely thank you for it).
This is because dogs have a very simple digestive tract, which can only break down certain kinds of edibles. This does not include processed food of any kind, nor does it include treats such as chocolate or pastries.
Watch out for the onion! It can be very bad for your dog and it’s often prepared with lentils.
Other Foods to Consider
While lentils on their own if cooked well make a plenty good enough meal on its own, adding certain things such as vegetables can really liven up the meal and keep your dog happy and healthy. Chicken, beef or turkey make good meals that go along with lentils if properly prepared.
Conclusion on Lentils
Your dog needs quality protein but mostly from meat. Lentils are packed with nutrients, including protein, but they probably shouldn’t be fed on a regular basis. Sure, there are many positives to serving this human food but there are also potential drawbacks. Lots of flatulence, gastro upset and irregular bowel movements are all common. It’s prudent to start out with a very small portion to see how your dog reacts.