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Lentils are an excellent health food, but does this hold true for dogs?
Here’s the deal:
While there are lots of dangerous foods to withhold from pets, this legume is not one of them! Fed in moderation, lentils won’t harm your dog.
Sharing some of this bean and its valuable nutrients is A-OK.
Your Dog Can Eat Lentils
They are a great source of protein, zinc, iron and fiber.
Your buddy could be a bit gassy afterwards, but that is to be expected.
Don’t mind that?
The Omega 6 and 3 could help keep your dog’s skin and coat looking beautiful.
Nevertheless, go easy…
Conservative For Canines
Pure lentils, while harmless and healthy, may cause mild digestive issues – especially if too much is fed.
Getting carried away with beans can cause indigestion and excessive gas.
Besides, when it comes to lentils or chickpeas always remember that dogs require meat protein to thrive.
Lentils For Dog Diabetes
This ancient food is a favorite of diabetics due to the starch makeup.
Talk with your vet about adding lentils whether they have diabetes or not.
Alternatively, if you are caring for a geriatric, there’s a fantastic grain-free chicken and lentils formula made specifically for older dogs.
Food Supplement For Fido
Lentils, and some grains, can be added to regular canine meals.
You can do this by mixing healthy beans with your dog’s food. Hopefully their stomach agrees.
It’s best to start out by providing small amounts of lentils.
Observe your dog for signs of digestive or bowel issues. That’s smart whenever introducing new foods to a furry friend.
Soak Legumes In Water
No food is perfect. There are negative aspects to lentils — even for humans.
Trypsin inhibitors, and somewhat high levels of phytate, aren’t this legume’s best attributes.
Reduce phytates by soaking lentils in warm water overnight.
Seriously! This preparation technique applies to both you and your pet dog.
A Lentil Soup Lesson
We do not recommend lentil soup for dogs unless it’s homemade.
Store-bought lentil soup is likely to contain preservatives and other questionable ingredients like onions.
Know what you’re feeding your dog!
This is one of many reasons why cooking at home is healthier. Avoid cheap, mass produced lentil soup.
Packing on the Protein
Cooked plain lentils is a great meal on its own, but adding certain vegetables and meat will liven things up.
Keep your dog healthy by incorporating chicken, beef or turkey with lentils.
A meat and lentil combination makes sense. It’ll be loaded with protein.
On a per calorie basis, only soybeans have more protein than lentils. Great for dogs!
The Bottom Line
You can give your dog lentils. They aren’t toxic and, in fact, have valuable nutrients including protein.
Just don’t overdo it! And obviously an increase in flatulence is possible.
When you do feed lentils be sure to watch for gastro upset and irregular bowel movements.
A good way to share is by giving your dog small plain portions mixed in with regular chow.