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Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?

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Green beans are an easy, delicious food to prepare. Whether you have them as a side dish, like in green bean casserole, or as a snack, you may look at your dog and wonder, “Are green beans bad for dogs?”

Dogs love it when we share with them. The foods we eat are exciting and different, so of course, they’re interested. Our bodies work differently, though. We need higher amounts of calories and vitamins and process them differently.

Is it Safe for My Dog to Eat Green Beans?


Green beans are a healthy vegetable that contains many vitamins that are great for dogs. While dogs generally don’t need the extra nutrients from our food, it can still benefit them. They contain antioxidants from vitamins A and C, which help your body run properly and prevent diseases. They are high in water content.

They can even help with weight loss due to the vegetable being low in calories. Another vital vitamin in green beans is vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your blood clot.

What other foods can your dog eat? Learn more from our Vet’s List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

Safety Concerns

Like everything, dogs must eat green beans in moderation. They are high in fiber. Too much fiber can cause gastrointestinal stress for dogs, including vomiting and diarrhea. The biggest problem with feeding dogs human food is often the choking hazard. Break the beans up to avoid choking.

The green bean dishes we make often include onions. Always give them green beans by themselves. Do not give them canned beans, either, due to the salt content. Always follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to your dog’s diet.

Every day, 80% of their calories should come from their food. Then 20% can come from treats, such as green beans. Their food contains the nutrients they need when it is a well-balanced mix.

Consult your veterinarian about any concerns you have.

How to Prep Green Beans for Your Dog

You can feed green beans to your dog raw or steam or boil them. Cooking them will likely be safer. The process will make the vegetables more tender, but you can safely feed your dog raw green beans. Cooking green beans will cook away some of the nutrients. Do not cook them with oil or butter as fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. Always cut them up before feeding them to your dog whether raw or cooked. When prepared, they make the perfect, low-calorie treat for your dog.

Final Thoughts

Green beans have great health benefits for your dog, but there are still potential issues. You need to monitor the amount of fiber they are getting. Watch them while they eat to ensure they don’t choke. If any problems occur, stop feeding your dog human food. Always have treats in moderation. If your dog enjoys it and you prepare it for them so they can safely enjoy them, you can indulge your pup a bit.

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