Can Dogs Eat Spinach?

By admin / May 25, 2017
can dogs eat spinach

Spinach, kale, broccoli, rutabagas, turnips and cucumber: all these are vegetables that you can safely give to your dog. They are a delicious and crunchy low-calorie, high-fiber treat for your dog.

Since all these vegetables are different and have a varying component make up, it is important to look at each individually. One vegetable can be healthy but only in little amounts. Another may be safe only when prepared in a specific way.

Today we are going to talk about spinach. This is a dark leafy vegetable extremely healthy for humans. But can dogs eat spinach without suffering any health risks?

Dogs and Spinach – Safety Information

Here’s the simple answer to the question “can dogs eat spinach?”: yes they can. If your dog enjoys eating steamed spinach go ahead and indulge him. But before you do that, there are a few safety warnings you should keep in mind.

One of the common concerns about feeding spinach to dogs is the presence of oxalates. Spinach, and various other vegetables including kale, contains soluble oxalates which dissolve in water to form oxalic acid.

High amounts of this acid could lead to a malfunction in the body’s calcium absorption process and could result in kidney problems.

While it is a valid concern, there is nothing to worry about. The amount of kale your dog would have to eat to suffer from the adverse effects of oxalates is extremely high. Realistically, giving your dog a little spinach now and then is completely safe.

The only danger would be if you made it a regular treat or added it to his main diet. This would raise the amount of oxalates the dog is eating and could cause kidney damage in the long term.

Generally, vegetables should only be occasionally fed to dogs. They are not necessary as long as his main diet is healthy and balanced. Remember that dogs are naturally carnivorous (though not obligate carnivores). They can eat vegetables but they are not essential part of their diet.

Health Benefits of Spinach

doga and spinach

Even occasional spinach treats can provide various health benefits for your dog. Spinach is rich in vitamins and minerals. There is vitamin K, A, E and C. All these benefit various parts and organs of the body.

There are also plenty of minerals including phosphorus, calcium and potassium. These are important for muscle function, strong bones and a healthy body overall.

Spinach is also a great source of dietary fiber, which maintains smooth digestion in dogs. A cup has around 0.7g of fiber. On the other hand, a cup has only 0.1g of fat and 7 calories. This makes spinach a good treat for dogs at risk of unhealthy weight gain.

Preparation

Steamed spinach is the best. It makes it tastier and easier to digest. You can also grill or bake it. Boiling tends to kill nutrients.

Whatever you do, make you don’t add any spices, onions or salt as they could endanger your dog’s health. Just keep it plain.

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