Asparagus has a rich, almost earthy flavor. When cooked right, the flavor truly pops. You may look at your dog while enjoying the healthy vegetable and wonder, “Can dogs eat asparagus?” Dogs love a little treat from time to time.
The foods we eat are super appealing to them because of the enticing aromas. The problem arises when you account for the differences between how our bodies work. Use caution when feeding your dog human food. The things we can eat are sometimes unhealthy or dangerous for them.
Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?
Yes, dogs can eat asparagus, but only in moderation while cooked. Generally, it is okay to give your dog asparagus, but too much will be bad for their health and causes severe stomach issues.
Asparagus contains many important vitamins for our health. It contains vitamins such as Vitamin K. This vitamin is vital for blood clotting. If your dog gets into something like rat poison, they lose their ability to clot their blood. While you need to seek immediate medical attention if your dog gets into poison, your veterinarian will treat the poisoning with Vitamin K.
Asparagus is very low in fat. When feeding dogs human food, consider the food’s fat content. Too much fat is bad for them. The low-fat content of asparagus makes it a good treat for them.
What other foods can your dog eat? Learn more from our Vet’s List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.
The main two safety concerns are the choking hazard and the fiber content.
While cooked asparagus is very tender, it is very tough when raw. Difficulty chewing a good can pose a choking hazard for your dog.
The other concern is its fiber content. Fiber is great for us, but when dogs get too much, it causes gastrointestinal upset. GI upset leads to potential vomiting and diarrhea. Consult with your veterinarian if you plan on feeding your dog asparagus. They can help you evaluate your dog’s diet to decide how much to give them.
Dogs have different nutritional needs, so what is good for us may not be good for them. You must give your dog treats in moderation, as their food should make up most of their diet. Dog food is specifically made for them and their nutritional needs.
How to Prepare Asparagus for Your Dog
There are several ways to cook asparagus. The best way for your dog is to boil or steam it. Fatty foods like butter are known to increase your dog’s risk of pancreatitis, the inflammation of the pancreas. It is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Signs include dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and a loss of appetite.
Once you have cooked the asparagus, cut it into smaller pieces to prevent choking. Don’t give your dog too much due to the fiber risk.
There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.
If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.
While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:
- Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
- Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
- Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat
Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:
- Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
- When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
- Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.
What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t
Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.
If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:
- The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
- If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
- Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.
In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.
Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]
Dog & Asparagus FAQs
No. Things like garlic and human spices can often upset a dog’s stomach, and garlic can be toxic to dogs and so should be avoided.