Everyone knows spinach is good for you. You learned this growing up. Remember Popeye the Sailorman? But is this healthy green vegetable appropriate for dogs.
It’s tempting to give spinach to a pet. The nutritional values are almost too numerous to list. The problem is that dogs and plant foods are a bit of a grey area.
You may have heard spinach can be harmful for dogs due to its oxalates. We’ll discuss this and other considerations, so you can make up your own mind.
Can I Give My Dog Some Spinach? Answer: Yes
Oxalates aren’t a factor for the amount Fido will consume.
Spinach isn’t toxic for dogs despite what you may have heard. Just limit portions. The canine digestive system isn’t well equipped for leafy greens. A moderate amount of spinach can benefit anyone, including your dog. If your pet’s stomach doesn’t agree, at least you’ll know not to share spinach.
For most owners a quality grain-free wet dog food that incorporates spinach is a better way to go. It’s a more consistent and practical way to feed this fantastic food.
Spinach is a Superfood
Being a dark green vegetable, spinach packs a powerful nutritional punch. It’s an immune system boost, restoring energy and vitality. Be warned if you already have an energetic dog!
Spinach is also known to prevent cancer and is good for the heart. No doubt, dogs can benefit from consuming these healthy greens.
Vitamins A, B, C & K as well as calcium, iron, potassium, fiber, manganese and folate levels are great nutritional attributes. People, and their dogs, certainly can and probably should eat spinach.
Canines & Kidney Health
A questionable aspect of spinach for dogs is the oxalate factor. It has high levels and cooking it doesn’t help. Whether baby spinach or large leaf style, it’s unavoidable. This is also true for quinoa and beets.
There’s no cause for concern. The amount and frequency your dog will be eating it is minimal. Kidney stones can develop if you eat spinach or not. Science linking diet to kidney stones is inconclusive.
Some rare medical conditions, however, do warrant oxalate restriction. This doesn’t likely apply to dogs.
How to Prepare Spinach
Feed bland spinach to a dog in a way that makes it easy to eat but also safe. Cook it first and, most importantly, keep it simple. Don’t add ingredients like salt or onions.
If your dog doesn’t like spinach, so be it. Hopefully they do, in which case chop it up so it’s more digestible. Canines can’t chew it that well. You know how this plant gets all tangled together.
Place some spinach, here and there, in with your dog’s regular meals.
The Reality of Pesticides
Spinach is, unfortunately, a contaminated vegetable due to pesticide spraying. Thoroughly rinse it, but even then it could have been exposed to radiation.
We can’t live life worrying about unavoidable factors. Just do your best for your family and your beloved dog. Try to get organic spinach!
Conclusion on Spinach
You can feed your dog spinach. It’s healthy and don’t worry about oxalates. You won’t be providing this food often. Wash spinach thoroughly, cook it and cut it up to avoid a choking mishap possibility. Mix spinach in with dog food to add extra nutrition to Fido’s meals.