Can I Give My Dog Squash?

Can I give my dog squash?The short answer is yes, you can give your dog squash. However, it is best to cook the squash before feeding it to your K9 since they may have a hard time digesting raw vegetables.

Dogs, like many other carnivores, don’t produce amylase in the same location as herbivores do. This is an enzyme that herbivores make in their the saliva glands. It breaks down carbs before they hit the digestive system. A dog’s system is different since that enzyme doesn’t enter the scene until much further along. This accounts for the different ways certain species use foods, and why they have different nutritional requirements.

While dogs can eat almost anything that a human can, they are carnivores and their digestive system is optimally built for meat consumption. Make sure that you gradually introduce veggies, such as squash, into your dog’s diet by mixing them up with meat or poultry. You can also simply avoid giving them vegetables altogether, since they don’t really have a need for them.

Can I Give My Dog Squash? Answer: Yes, cooked is OK

If you do give your dog squash you should make sure that it is cooked so they’ll have an easier time digesting it. However, they aren’t going to get the same nutritional benefit that humans get from eating squash, because they won’t process it the same way.

Humans have several feet of large and small intestines that break down vegetables and pull the nutrients from them before the food exits. A dog, by contrast, will blow through the squash much more quickly, leaving little time for absorption.

Serving Suggestions for Squash

You can pour some homemade soup over rice, pasta, or their commercial dog food. In order to make sure your dog is getting all the recommended nutritional requirements, it is highly advisable that you continue to feed them store bought dog food 3 to 4 times a week.

Keep it Reasonable

Always remember that although your dog might want to eat anything that you hand them, under the table or put in their bowl, there are limits to what is safe for them to eat. Keep your dog from eating raisins and grapes, onions, garlic, spices (including salt), most nuts and all junk foods. Of course, you probably already know that.

Avocado in large quantities, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate may cause diarrhea, vomiting, and induce other illnesses as a reminder. Be sure to research those foods that you are unsure about. We have lots of information here, in addition to squash, that you can search for by keyword in the sidebar. Start at the homepage!

Becoming a Dog Chef

Learning to make canine-friendly meals can be a fun way for you to create a yummy treat for your dog. If you are going to test your hand at becoming a world-class dog chef, then soups are your best starting point. Homemade soups are fantastic for promoting collagen production, which is essential for healthy joints, bones and connective tissues.

However, be advised that trying to get your dog to eat his veggies by using canned soup is not really recommended due to the excessive amount of salt that these may contain which can only prove detrimental to dog health in the long run.

You can make some nutritious meals containing veggies, including with squash, if you are smart about it. Besides, putting a little bit of effort into the prep time may result in your dog being able to taste the love and enjoy being a good boy at dinner time.

Remember to be creative with your dishes. Don’t always use the same ingredients. Your dog likes variety, too! This will especially be the case as his palate expands.

So don’t throw your dog a bone or raw squash but rather use them to cook a delicious meal and say, “Bone Appétit!”

Squash & Bone Marrow

There are plenty of recipes out there that are specifically for dogs. One such recipe uses bone marrow and also includes squash. It’s really a way to connect with your dog, rather than simply opening a bag and scooping out some kibble. Just don’t be offended when they wolf down your meal in a matter of seconds, burp, and continue on their day.

So the final verdict is that while your dog doesn’t necessarily need squash, it is well tolerated and not something that you’ll be cleaning up later if you give it to them cooked.

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Janie October 18, 2014

I have senior female Weimaraner that has kidney disease. She refuses to eat her Hill’s K/D unless it is mixed with something she likes such as sweet potatoes, squash or pumpkin. What is a good low protein diet for her that she will eat? What can I safely offer her to stimulate her appetite? I have been told that the sweet potatoes, squash, etc. are too high in potassium for her.

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Nancy October 20, 2014

We were having the same problem; a senior dog with kidney disease who isn’t crazy about K/D. The vet actually switched her from K/D to U/D saying it’s even lower in protein. She eats the canned U/D much better than the K/D. I hope this helps!

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