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Can Dogs Eat Celery? Yes, But…

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Many owners like to feed table scraps to their dogs. Most human food is safe for dogs, but there are exceptions to the rule. Dogs are mainly meat-eaters but can tolerate many vegetables, meaning you may find them on the ingredient list of most dog foods.

Garlic and onions are two veggies that are toxic to dogs. Common vegetables you may see dogs eat are carrots, bell peppers, and corn kernels.

Can Dogs Eat Celery?

Yes, dogs can eat celery.

Is celery bad for dogs? No. They can eat it but in moderation. This article will teach you how dogs can benefit from celery and the concerns about consuming too much.

What Are the Benefits of Celery?

Although dogs eat a lot of meat, they can digest vegetables. It is safe for dogs to eat celery because of its nutritional content.

Dogs can eat celery because of the fiber and water it contains. Fiber aids in digestion, and water flushes the body of toxins.

Many other nutrients are in celery, including vitamins A, C, and K, folate (B9), and potassium, an electrolyte. Vitamins have many benefits for your dog.

  • Vitamin A improves eyesight.
  • Vitamin C assists the body in fighting infection.
  • Vitamin K helps the blood clot to prevent bleeding.
  • Folate (B9) aids in red blood cell (RBC) formation and body cell health.

Potassium helps move cells throughout the body and balances sodium levels. Overweight dogs can benefit from eating celery because it is fat-free and low-calorie.

Celery as a Snack

Can dogs eat celery raw and cooked? Yes, they can consume it in both forms. If your dog has no digestive issues, whole uncooked stalks are perfect for strengthening teeth and freshening your dog’s breath.

Although celery is nutritious, it should not take the place of a meal. It works great as a healthy between-meal snack or a supplement to your dog’s food. Snacks and treats should only make up a small portion of your dog’s diet.

You could blend celery into a liquid and pour over the kibble or chop it into miniature pieces to sprinkle it on top.

Are There Risks of Feeding My Dog Celery?

Although dogs can eat celery, there are a few things to consider. Large quantities of celery can irritate dogs since they do not digest vegetables well. Peel and cut the celery into small pieces before feeding it to your dog.

Slowly introduce celery to your dog to see if it tolerates the vegetable. If so, you have a new treat. If your dog appears uncomfortable, you may need to try a different veggie.

Another reason to minimize the amount of celery you give your dog is its diuretic properties, which stimulate the kidneys to excrete extra water through frequent urination.

If dogs eat excessive amounts of celery, they can lose too much water, possibly harming their kidneys. Be sure your dog drinks plenty of water while eating celery.

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]

Conclusion

So, can dogs eat celery? Yes, but remember to monitor your dog to avoid any swallowing or digestion issues.

Celery offers many nutritional benefits and makes a great healthy snack or treat. Celery should be consumed in moderation due to the risk of gastrointestinal upset and dehydration.

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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