Hey, I am back with another blog. Today here, this blog is about something more interesting and definitely nutritional. Some weeks back, I was chopping asparagus to cook for my family, keeping in mind the vitamins and nutritional values it has, and suddenly goofy (my dog of breed Golden Retriever) came up to me with the wanting eyes. I refused at first, obviously, we all know not all human food is edible for dogs. I can’t take the risk; he is the heartbeat of my whole family. And an integral part of us. Do you ever heard, can dogs eat asparagus?
As I said, “No Goofy, go sit down.” he went away but was looking at me with his puppy eyes (an expression of unsophisticated innocence). I felt a prick in the heart. The next moment I called my vet and asked if goofy can have asparagus. The thing he explained is worth sharing. So here is the conversation that we had:-
“Hey, how are you? I wanted to ask you something.”
“Hello, Ruby, I am fine. What about you? Yeah, say what it is?”
“I am also fine. Actually, the thing is Goofy wants to eat asparagus, and I don’t know whether he can have it or not. It would be great if you can help me out with the same. I can’t see him being sad.”
“Okay, okay. I understand this is a common question. Many pet owners have asked me about this, and I have always said yes, asparagus is safe for dogs, they can eat them.”
“Ohh! Thank you so much! You don’t know how eager he was to taste this thing. But I have a few more questions to ask. Just out of curiosity. How is it good for him to have asparagus? I mean, what are the health benefits of asparagus for dogs? And should I give him raw or after boiled or steaming? Are there any other ways to give him asparagus, like in his meals or something?”
“Wait, wait, calm down. I can feel your excitement and how happy you are! But there are certain things that you need to keep in mind before adding asparagus to his food list. I will forward the mail to you.”
“Yeah, Thank you so much! I will wait for your mail.”
Within a few minutes, I received the mail. See below to see what my vet had to say about – can dogs eat asparagus?
Hey Miss Ruby,
As per our conversation, I am listing down the health benefits of asparagus for dogs, can dogs have it, and at the end, I have mentioned some serving ideas too. I hope it will help you. Even after reading, if you have any doubt, contact me.
Is Asparagus Good for Dogs? – Health Benefits
Asparagus is a healthy edible plant with rich antioxidant properties which helps in removing toxins from the blood. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and Iron. And these properties of vegetable makes it helpful diet for the dog in keeping its overall health and wellness. The following are the health benefits of asparagus that your dog will have:-
- The vitamins, minerals, and nutrients present in the veggie help in increasing the dog’s immunity and also improves the function of organs.
- Regular consumption of the vegetable can promote healthy skin, teeth, eyes, and coat as well.
- The intake of asparagus reduces free radical damage and keeps him healthy on a cellular level.
- As it removes the toxins from the blood, this will result in decreased risk of heart disease, which actually affects the dog’s health the most.
- Asparagus can help in preventing the dreadful disease ‘cancer’ (there is no surety), but prevention is better than cure. A properly balanced diet with daily exercise can help you a lot.
Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?
Yes, dogs can eat asparagus, but there are certain things that you need to keep in mind. As you know, there is a lot of difference in human food and dog food. The reason is both have different immunity system and digestion system. We humans can intake heavy foods, but dogs can’t. Below I have mentioned some things that you will need to consider before giving him the vegetable to eat:-
- Make sure to remove ferns of the asparagus before offering it to your dog, as ferns are toxic for dogs. It can cause severe intestinal discomfort and diarrhea.
- As we humans can’t eat raw, dogs definitely can’t. Dog’s teeth aren’t that strong to chew that hard substance. And raw asparagus can make your dog choke. So offer them asparagus after boiling, steaming or grilling.
- The only side effect that you will face after allowing your dog to have asparagus is smelly urine, which is kind of normal as it will remove pesky toxins from the blood. So make sure to take him on a walk often.
- Be attentive when cooking asparagus, actually before chopping them. Fruits like red berries are often seen on asparagus that have grown on them. They are poisonous and can cause stomach pain, vomit, and diarrhea.
Entirely cooking asparagus will result in loss of nutrients and vitamins. So don’t fully cook it. Leave it a little raw, but make sure it is soft enough for your dog to chew. Here I have mentioned few goof-proof serving ideas that you can feed to make him like asparagus more. It’s really very nutritious for him. See below…
- The easiest way to provide asparagus is to give the spear of the plainly cooked asparagus to the dog.
- Cook a bone broth with asparagus, carrot, and sweet potatoes.
- Cook rice in chicken broth and add chopped asparagus in the last 10 minutes to add a flavor to the risotto.
- Cut them into small pieces and give them to your pooch.
- Dehydrated asparagus is also a good option.
Few Points to Keep in Mind
These are the few pointers that you should keep in mind before slipping the asparagus into his food bowl:-
- Small portions of asparagus are recommended and do keep your eyes open if its stomach is accepting the asparagus or rejecting it.
- Asparagus is rich in fiber, dogs do need them but in a small amount. Excess of it can result in diarrhea and gas.
- Make sure you don’t keep asparagus as a substitute for its original diet of meat and bone.
- As I said above, a strict no for “ferns.”
- And last but not the least, if you find anything unusual and critical, consult me (or any Vet).
Hope you find it useful.
Asparagus a Sustenance Food:-
After reading what joseph had to say, I will give asparagus an A+. I will make sure that goofy eats this healthy food weekly once or twice.