Come fall season, one vegetable a lot of people (including yours truly) go crazy over is squash. Grill that thing and feed it to me and I’m the happiest person on earth eating away!
But what about our furry friends ? Can dogs eat squash ? Or is squash bad for dogs?
Can Dogs Have Squash ?
Even though there isn’t any real reason to make you want to feed your dog any squash, as the bulk of their diet should be focused on nutritious dog food, but YES, you can safely feed your dog squash without it being harmful, toxic or poisonous to them! ??
Many dog owners like to feed their dogs vegetables from time to time in a diversified diet, and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you slowly introduce squash into your dog’s diet over time and gradually build up to it, it’s done in moderation and remains a rare occurrence in your dog’s diet.
How Can Dogs Eat Squash ?
The best way you can prepare squash to serve it to your dog is by properly cooking or baking it.
Feeding your dog raw squash could turn out to be a not-so-good idea, because your dog’s digestive system might not be able to handle processing raw squash like it would process cooked squash, which will lead to stomach aches, bloating, gas and constipation.
The same way many other vegetables are best fed to dogs after they’re properly cooked/boiled/steamed, the same holds true for squash.
You should also remember to remove the seeds and the skin from the squash before you give any to your dog to eat.
Also, feeding your dog squash on its own may not be the most effective of ways to go about doing it.
Not that there’s anything wrong with giving your dog cooked squash on its own to eat, but they just might not like it as much on its own.
Instead, consider cooking some squash, cutting it up and adding a small amount of tiny cut pieces into a meaty meal your dog is having.
Why Is Squash Good For Dogs ?
Squash is excellent for your dog’s health because it :
– Provides plenty of vitamins that your dog’s body needs, such as vitamin A and C
– Provides plenty of minerals for your dog’s health, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper and manganese
– Contains important anti-oxidants such as Beta Carotene which help fight inflammations in the body, heart disease and kidney disease.
– Helps improve your dog’s immunity system
– Helps improve your dog’s vision as they age
– Helps improve your dog’s cardiovascular function and keep cardiovascular diseases away
In case your dog is allergic to squash or exhibits problematic symptoms after fed a small amount of properly prepared squash, then don’t be too upset, as the health benefits your dog will get from squash (and any other human food for that matter) are only minimal at best.
Humans benefit tremendously from such fruits and vegetables, because our digestive systems were designed this way, but the bulk of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and health benefits your dog receives come from the dog food you get for them that meets all their dietary needs.
Human foods such as squash should only be thought of as a very non-frequent add-on to your dog’s diet that could be given to them from time to time, nothing to put too much hope on in terms of providing impressive health benefits to dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Zucchini ?
Without fail, my Cocker Spaniel makes a beeline for the garden every time she is given the opportunity. No vegetable is safe from her omnivorous snacking, but one of her favorite things to steal is zucchini.
Her love of vegetables is not unique. Many dogs enjoy veggies, and vegetables can be a healthy treat in moderation — as long as they are not harmful.
Luckily for gardeners, zucchini is safe for dogs, and your dog might be able to help you get rid of all of that surplus summer squash.
Is Zucchini Safe for Dogs ?
Some vegetables, such as garlic and onions, are harmful to dogs, but zucchini is perfectly safe. Veterinarian Dr. Avi Blake even ranks zucchini as one of the best vegetables to feed dogs. Just because zucchini is safe, however, does not mean you should feed your dog excessive amounts of the vegetable. As with any human food, there are things you need to know in order to make sure you are feeding zucchini safely.
Is Zucchini Good for Dogs ?
Zucchini is full of nutrients. This prolific plant delivers lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals in each long, green squash. Dogs that are fed a complete and balanced diet generally get all the nutrients they need from their food, unless they have an illness or disorder that affects their ability to absorb nutrients. Your dog doesn’t need to eat vegetables for his health, but vegetables that are safe for dogs, like zucchini, offer an alternative to high-calorie treats. A cup of raw zucchini only has about 20 calories. It is low in fat and cholesterol, and won’t contribute to your dog’s waistline. This makes it an excellent choice as a reward for overweight dogs.
Are Zucchini Plants Toxic to Dogs ?
If your dog eats a zucchini flower or the leaves, don’t panic. All parts of the plant are non-toxic. The flowers of the zucchini plant are actually edible and are often cooked or fried for human consumption. However, if your dog is roaming your garden, you may want to do an inventory of what else you have growing, to make sure he is not eating anything besides zucchini that could be potentially harmful.Dogs? If your dog eats a zucchini flower or the leaves, don’t panic. All parts of the plant are non-toxic. The flowers of the zucchini plant are actually edible and are often cooked or fried for human consumption. However, if your dog is roaming your garden, you may want to do an inventory of what else you have growing, to make sure he is not eating anything besides zucchini that could be potentially harmful.