Beetroot is one of the best healthy snacks which offers plenty of vitamins and minerals which help our body to keep going. But sometimes, it may come to your mind whether your furry friend can also eat it. Are beets a good choice for them? Is it healthy?
As dog owners, it is our responsibility to make sure that our furry friend is always in the best health. So without beating around the bush, let us tell you:
Can Dogs Eat Beetroot?
Yes, our dog can eat beetroot, but in moderation. In fact, it can be quite beneficial for dogs as it contains lots of minerals and vitamins like vitamin C, folate, fiber, manganese, and potassium.
Health Benefits Of Beetroot For Dogs
There are several health benefits of feeding beets to our dogs. It can be given in cooked form as a shredded treat from time to time. But it should be kept in mind not to feed more than 10% of their diet as treats.
It also contains vitamin C, manganese, folate, fiber, and potassium which are essential for their immune system, digestion.
Feeding them beets also helps them to maintain a coat that is shiny and healthy and helps with fur loss.
Water concentration is also very good in beets which is great for hydration and ensures that your fur baby is getting enough moisture in their diet, making them healthy.
Beet Root Nutrition Facts
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Things To Be Kept In Mind While Feeding Beetroot To dogs
As you can already see, the benefits of beets but benefits come with concerns that should be kept in mind.
- Keep the serving size small, no more than a few beets at a time (as already said above, not to feed more than 10% of their diet).
- Wash them properly and choose to either serve them to your dog in their raw form or have them cooked. But cooked form should be preferred as raw beets have an increased chance of causing problems in the small intestine.
- Sugar concentration is quite high in beet juice that can cause weight gain as well as if eaten too much, it can increase the sugar level in diabetic dogs too much, which can lead to dangerous situations. Beets also contain natural acid, which can also lead to stomach upsets.
Not that beets will actually harm your furry’s health, but beetroot contains fiber, and any fibrous ingredient, when fed to your dog, has the potential of leading stomach upsets if not given in moderation. So these are the things that we should know about being a responsible dog owner.
Even though we can safely feed beets to our dog every now and then, there is really no need to go out of your way and do so.
Beets may be very beneficial for us, but it is the fact that we clearly know that our dog’s body and digestive system don’t work like us, which means that they don’t get benefitted from beets the same way we do. Just like we might feel a little uneasy after eating too many beets, our dogs can also feel the same way, so they shouldn’t go overboard with their new favorite snack.
Well, as you can see that there are both pros and cons of beetroot, but you can still give it to your furry in moderation, it can be beneficial for them. They can be great snacks for your dog in cooked form. But, before feeding them, you should consult your vet and should be aware of any kind of allergy your dog has.
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I am a pet lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. Currently, I have two budgies Kiwi & Koko as pets, and planning to adopt a pup soon. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.