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It’s very tempting to feed your dog broccoli when you consider the valuable vitamins and minerals it has to offer.
You’ll be happy to hear that sharing is a great idea!
While dogs don’t require green leafy vegetables, that doesn’t mean broccoli is a bad thing.
Quite the contrary! Your best buddy can benefit by having this veggie in their diet.
Your Dog Can Have Broccoli
Ensure that you stick to a healthy routine by doing this:
Serve your dog plain broccoli, either lightly cooked or raw, and don’t get carried away. Moderation makes sense.
Low in Calories – High in Nutrition
It’s widely known that this particular veggie is linked to lots of health benefits.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins C and K in addition to fiber and folate content.
And that this cruciferous vegetable is also low in calories is a very nice added bonus.
Broccoli can certainly complement your dog’s regular chow!
Perhaps the only downside is a possibly of Isothiocyanate poisoning. However, this is only a concern if a large amount is eaten.
The Isothiocyanate Factor
To be clear, the head part of your broccoli contains the most Isothiocyanate.
This potentially toxic ingredient can be a gastric irritant for your dog. So go easy, especially with the top flowery head.
There is actually a strong argument to be made that stems are best.
In any case, be on the lookout for gastrointestinal problems if your dog eats a bunch of broccoli.
Broccoli’s Many Benefits
It’s smart to feed your dog broccoli, as well as other greens like kale, just as long as you portion them out.
The cancer fighting antioxidants combined with anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory agents are truly outstanding.
Broccoli also protects against bad bacteria and viruses while boosting the immune system. It can even repair cellular DNA which is indicative of powerful anti-aging properties.
Perhaps the most practical benefit is broccoli’s ability to clean teeth.
No doubt, it is healthy and perhaps on the same level as nutritious carrots.
Minimizing The Mishaps
Some fresh broccoli is beneficial but, as with everything in life, too much of even a good thing should be avoided.
As you know, dogs often overindulge (think upset stomach) which is one reason why rationing is necessary.
Keep this bioflavonoid vegetable as a complement to quality canine chow and you have yourself a winner!
Really Ration For Rover
The smaller your dog, the more you have to think about limiting broccoli.
A portion should not exceed 10% of your dog’s daily food intake. More may bring on a bout of bowel issues.
Convenient and savory wet food trays make it easy to add this veggie consistently and with the right balance.
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog healthy broccoli. It’s a super food for animals too!
That said, the head part contains Isothiocyanate which is a possible digestive irritant.
So be sure to limit consumption — not only to avoid bowel irregularities, but also to maintain a balanced diet that offers plenty of protein for your dog.
Letting your little guy enjoy the very nutritious stems is probably best way to introduce broccoli.