Beets pulled from the garden

Can Dogs Eat Beets? Yes, But…

Have you wondered, “Can dogs eat beets?” Considering everything we know about how easy it is for a dog to get sick eating different types of foods, you might wonder if you can feed your pooch this blood-red treat.

Beets are high in several nutrients and vitamins, and you may wonder if beets are safe to feed your dog.

Luckily, we delved into the subject and found an answer. If you want to know other fruits, veggies, and foods your dog can or cannot eat, head over to our list of foods dogs can and cannot eat.

Is It Safe for My Dog To Eat Beets?

Yes! It is safe for your dog to eat beets in moderation.

Despite the bizarre color of beets, this veggie is loaded with enough vitamins and nutrients to make anyone feel like a superhero. Rich with Vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, and Iron, beets are a great way to give anyone – including your dog – a healthy serving of everything the body needs.

Beets are also high in fiber, making them a great way to control blood sugar levels, weight (if you’re worried about your your dog or puppy size), and cholesterol. These kinds of benefits extend to the animal kingdom as well.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Beets to My Dog?

Are beets bad for dogs? There are some safety concerns, but not enough to prevent you from feeding beets to the dog.

However, if your dog has bladder issues, you may want to reconsider. Beets contain oxalate, which is a component in developing specific bladder stones.

The acidity in beets can also cause some gastrointestinal issues for dogs. Be on the lookout for vomiting or diarrhea.

How Many Beets Can My Dog Eat?

Moderation is the key here. Like any food, a small portion can be added to your dog’s regular pet food rotation a few times a week. If you notice any changes to your dog’s behavior that concern you after eating beets, discontinue feeding them.

How To Prepare Beets for Dogs

The best way to feed your dog beets is to steam them or boil them in water. These techniques will soften the beets, making it easier for your dog to chew and digest. Cut the beet into smaller, bite-sized portions to remove the chance of the beet becoming a choking hazard.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

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]

Final Thoughts

Knowing that your dog can eat a healthy amount of beets is another way to introduce them to healthy vegetables. Beets will add more fiber and vitamins to their diet. Make sure beets agree with your dog’s digestive system, though. If you notice anything different about your dog’s behavior after eating beets, get in touch with your vet.

Be forewarned, however! Beets are a colorful form of red that can stain anything – even your dog’s fur. If you’re feeding beets to a dog, don’t be surprised if they come back from the bowl with a funny red face.

I’m sure you’re interested in the quality of your dog’s food and your pet’s overall health in addition to having questions about what your dog can and can’t eat. We happen to have a ton of resources on that very topic.

One is a guide to add fiber to dogs diet, along with or our guide to choosing the best dog food with high fiber. If you’re worried about dealing with a situation where you’ve seen some stomach ache in dog symptoms we have a guide for that as well, and we can even give you a sense of how long does it take for dogs to digest. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best automatic feeder for dogs.

We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our dog weight predictor can let you know how big your dog will get, and our guide to dog weights can help you determine if your dog is the ideal weight, and we even have a collection of breed-specific growth charts to help answer questions like when goldendoodles stop growing?, when do great danes stop growing?, when do golden retrievers stop growing?, when do chihuahuas stop growing?, or when do labradors stop growing?.

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

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