Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?

Posted by Crystal Long
Dog waits for a bite of broccoli.

Admit it: we all give our pooch human food every now and then, but are veggies that are good for us, like broccoli, also good for dogs?

For humans, broccoli is a good source of fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, as well as essential vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K among many other health benefits. (It's called a superfood for a reason!) But should you include broccoli in your dog's diet? And if yes, what's the appropriate amount of broccoli should your dog eat?

Well, to start, you should think of the green veggie in two parts: the broccoli florets and the broccoli stalks.

Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?

The short answer is yes! However, this green veggie isn't the most ideal vegetable to feed Fido on a regular basis. The reason being that the florets of this veggie contain a potentially harmful ingredient called isothiocyanate. Isothiocyanates are small molecules in broccoli florets and all cruciferous vegetables alike (think cabbage or kale!), and large quantities of broccoli can irritate Fido's digestive tract. Side effects include severe abdominal pain and wreaking havoc on the digestive system for your pooch.

The key is to give your dog broccoli in small quantities. In moderation, this green veggie is absolutely fine for your pooch. In fact, broccoli can be a great snack and a good occasional treat for Fido. (Try putting a tiny bit in Fido's dog food from time-to-time for an occasional tasty topper!)

Dogs can enjoy this low-calorie healthy snack in both its raw and cooked forms. However, we must advise you to make sure to cut the nutritious veggie into small pieces. Both raw broccoli and cooked broccoli can be a choking hazard, especially for small dogs. However, cooked broccoli is always better than raw broccoli for Fido since it's softer and easier to chew. (i.e. less chance of a choking hazard!)

Also, be cautious and make sure that there's no seasonings or oils added before giving broccoli to your little omnivore. But honestly, it's probably better to opt for safer vegetables for dogs, like green beans or zucchini.

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