Are you searching for green veggies to add to your dog’s diet? You might have considered spinach.
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is extremely nutritious to the human diet. But is it equally nutritional to dogs? Can dogs eat spinach? What are the benefits of giving spinach to dogs? How do you properly serve spinach to your pouch?
This article informs you about dogs eating spinach.
Can Dogs Eat Spinach?
Yes, dogs can eat spinach, but keep it to small amounts if you must. Spinach contains vitamins A, B, C, K, calcium, fiber, folate, iron, manganese, and potassium. While these are essential nutrients, they shouldn’t be necessary if the majority of your dog’s diet is already a high-quality, completely balanced, commercial dog food – which contains everything a dog needs in the correct quantities.
For spinach specifically, too much of a good thing can be bad for them. Do not feed spinach to your dog on a daily basis or in large amounts. Contact your vet about the right portions based on your dog’s medical history and what their body can handle.
Dangers of Giving Spinach to your Dog
Spinach is high in oxalic acid which inhibits the body from absorbing calcium and may lead to kidney damage. Generally your dog would need to eat very large quantities of spinach (either in a single massive portion or continually over time) in order for this to become an issue. However, it is likely best to choose another vegetable such as carrot.
How to Give Spinach to your Dog
Be sure to rinse the leaves well to remove any pesticides before cooking and serving spinach to your dog. Offer it bland without any seasonings and additives such as salt, pepper, or onion. In addition, for easier chewing and swallowing, you can serve spinach by incorporating it into your dog’s usual meal.
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Dogs can eat spinach, but it isn’t always the best option. Do not feed spinach often or in large quantities. If you are serving spinach or any other human food to your dog for the first time, always make sure you monitor them right after. Look for any signs such as vomiting or diarrhea and call your vet. Your dog may have a sensitive stomach and might not be able to eat spinach after all.
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