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Many owners do not want their dogs eating beans because they view it as a stinky idea.
The thinking is pets are gassy enough and beans tend to increase flatulence!
That may be true but there’s also excellent nutrition to be had. So kudos for wanting to share with your dog.
You’ll be happy to hear that it is safe to feed most types of legumes.
Your Dog Can Have Beans (in moderation)
Simply soak and cook them prior to feeding time.
Do the prep work and beans are generally a net benefit. Of course, you should limit your dog’s portions and avoid serving them raw.
One Bean To Exclude
Play it safe. Never feed your dog any raw red kidney beans.
They contain a potentially harmful toxin. Specifically, there is a lectin called Phytohemagglutinin in red kidney beans.
But otherwise, beans (lentils as well) are very healthy for hounds.
They can provide a pet dog with good nutrition including protein. That said, beans are not a replacement for meat.
Bountiful Bean Benefits
Another fantastic reason to occasionally share beans is the powerful antioxidant factor.
And they can also prevent canine constipation (although diarrhea is possible).
The fiber in beans assists with regulation of blood sugar levels – helpful for diabetic dogs.
Last but not least…
Your dog’s immune system may be strengthened. So, at least in theory, they’ll be less likely to suffer from diseases.
Canned Beans And Chili
Buying beans dried is the way to go.
You’ll avoid the extra sodium and also get a great deal.
Canned beans often contain unknown nasty chemicals (preservatives) in addition to salt.
Regarding chili beans, some owners like to mix them in with regular dog food.
But spiced foods can easily cause stomach problems.
Caution: Certain ingredients that go with beans (such as onions) are off limits.
Which Kinds Are Best?
It’s time to name names!
Chickpeas, Pinto, Black-Eyed, Lima, Garbanzo are a few fantastic beans.
Soybeans, edamame and Lupin beans are really high in protein.
Green and black beans are also decent choices for dogs.
Honestly, you don’t actually need to be so choosy. With the exception of raw red kidney beans…
None are harmful for dogs (especially when cooked).
And all beans have vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. And those just a few of the vitamins and minerals to be had.
Dental Downside For Dogs
When it comes to beans, there is the obvious gas issue but also the moist texture.
Yes, that’s right! Any leftover beans can get stuck in-between the teeth.
That’s why maintaining your dog’s dental health is super essential. Otherwise, cavities and gum problems are to be expected.
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog a modest amount of cooked beans.
Just a bit of prep work is needed. Soak and cook the beans before feeding time.
Mixing beans in with regular dog food makes a lot of sense.
The resulting gas is normal and, hopefully, not a deal breaker for you!