Everything in moderation, even vegetables!
However, knowing which vegetables are ok for your dogs is a question we see a lot on social media from pet parents. What about cucumbers? Choking is a potential risk, but this vegetable is safe for dogs.
This is a refreshing snack, but your dogs may have issues with novel veggies and human food they've never tasted before, so start out slowly with a few slices. Slice the cucumber into a few small pieces!
Is it safe for dogs to eat cucumber?
According to the American Kennel Club, cucumbers are perfectly safe for dogs to eat, and offer a low-calorie snack many dogs love.
"Cucumbers only contain about 8 calories per one-half cup of slices, compared to the 40 calories in a single medium Milk-Bone biscuit, and are very low in sodium and fat."
If you're giving your dog a lot of treats during the day, slices of cucumber are a great alternative.
Are cucumbers a good low-calorie snack?
Yes! This food is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium. They're high in water content, too.
How should it be served? What are the benefits of cucumbers?
Even though there are some health benefits of feeding your dog cucumbers, they could cause GI upset (upset stomach!), so this healthy snack should be served in small slices.
You may want to peel the cucumber skin for your dog before serving this snack. These are also a possible choking hazard, so dog owners should be aware of this as they slice those small pieces. These may also be a good treat for a dog that's on a weight loss plan, and they're also very hydrating during the summer months.
Remember a balanced diet is important and this could also be served with green beans if you're looking for "fillers" for dogs that always seem hungry. The amount of cucumber you serve a German Shepherd should be different than what you serve a tiny Doxie.
Watermelon has similar benefits as a summer snack!
Does your dog love cucumbers? Tell us in the comments below.