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What a pleasure to have researched and found out that giving your dog broccoli amongst other vegetables for their dinner and diet is ok, and so to answer the pending question the simple answer is ‘Yes’ you can add it to your dog’s nutritional plan. But like with all things, this should be done in moderation and not simply switch your pet to an all green and broccoli menu.
We are well aware that vegetables, in general, are packed with the essential vitamins and minerals they need to sustain a long and healthy life, and because they are so incredibly versatile they can be made into endless foodie treats, recipes, and ideas to keep things interesting in the doggy dinner bowl.
Besides the fact that they are an amazing color there are other nutritional positives that this humble and often underrated vegetable can bring to the table, some of which we will delve into a little further.
- The green ‘tree’ as we knew it growing up children is full of Potassium, vitamin K, and the all-important Calcium which comes with its list of health advantages, but that’s for another time. Essential vitamins (see some of them here https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002399.htm and their functions) are vital for a well-balanced and enriched diet, irrespective of the species.
- This is necessary to ‘keep things moving’ as they say, digestive issues are common in dogs and pets in general and with a regulated amount of roughage, this could be maintained and kept an eye on.
- Anti-inflammatory. With its high Vitamin C content, the immune system is well maintained to fit off illness and virus, one more positive to add to the vegetable plate.
- Folic acid. Especially necessary for pregnant dogs as it helps maintain healthy cells throughout the body for a healthy pup.
While this may all seem exciting, before rushing out to the shops be aware that too much of the green vegetable can cause severe stomach issues with indigestion, cramps, and even gut irritation.
If taken in too much in meals it can become toxic due to excessive amounts of the chemical Isothiocyanate with episodes of extreme nausea, diarrhea, and in some cases death. You can watch a quick explanation on it in this link and this way you know what to look out for or edit out when planning your pup’s meals, we can never learn enough when it comes to taking care of a pet.
Adding the green.
There are endless ways in which you can add broccoli to your dogs’ diet, even if they are not a fan but you want them to get the essential nutrients the vegetable has to offer. You can cook and blend it up to be smooth, then along with a handful of other hardy vegetables you mash it together and shape it into croquettes, not only will your dog be intrigued by the shape but excited to try something new.
Mini chunks or florets can be pushed into canine biscuit treats as the main flavoring or as decoration, either way, we all know our furry family members cannot resist a treat. Stir it into their cooked meals, innovate and experiment with broccoli snack bars, this way you know they are being nourished.
Choosing broccoli and vegetables.
You may think choosing a wrapped floret at the supermarket is all it takes to get the right product, but farmers and suppliers don’t necessarily handpick their produce as it would take too long to try to keep up with demands. This means though that not all the items may be of top quality and this is where you need to be careful when shopping.
Finding the right products is essential for a good recipe, some factors make it easier to pick the best.
Firstly, you need to make sure that the products are in season, this means that they are growing naturally and effortlessly without needing chemical enhancers to promote or stimulate growth, and then on their intended use.
Look for ones that are the correct color without too much variation, that have no insects on or around them, and that are not sweating in their packaging which could indicate gases and stimulates mold growth.
Lastly, ask your vet as to ‘should they’ or can dogs eat broccoli will help solidify any hesitations you may have regarding the subject, professionals have the expertise and knowledge to guide us as best as possible. With regular checkups in conjunction with a well-thought-out meal plan, what have you got to lose?
A final thought.
There is never one set way when it comes to taking care of our ‘children’ no matter what the species, but guidelines ensure that we are at least on the right track, and with this in mind, taking on the responsibility of a pet means giving them the best life possible.
While long walks and plenty of playtimes are large contributing factors to a happy puppy, a nutritiously wholesome food diet means better physical conditions, thicker and fuller coats, and energy to match their mood and morale.
We are always looking for new and more simple ways to be healthier, adding a vegetable that offers vitamins and minerals makes the process less daunting, and due to its versatility it can be tweaked and altered as you please and to fit your lifestyle. A humble vegetable that is great for the whole family to enjoy.