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?
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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.
But, you should be aware of a couple of things that will be explained in this article before giving squash for your dog to eat.
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.
Please don’t add any sodium, seasonings or toppings to the squash you give to your dog, as these can lead to toxicity forming in your dog’s body.
Only give it to them in its normal form, the same way nature gave it to us.
Squash For Dogs Recipe
Since many dog owners often try to experiment on this alone, and end up coming up with a mix that includes all the ingredients, seasonings and toppings that should never be fed to dogs (especially a whole bunch of salt and sugar), the best way to get your juices flowing is by showing you a template dog treat recipe based on squash that you could follow and play around with.
Of course, this only holding true assuming you remain within the realms of ingredients that dogs can safely eat.
If you run a quick search online, you’ll find many delicious dog treats that you can prepare for your pooch in no time.
Some of these DIY treats are safer than others, in regards to the dog-friendly ingredients included, so we’ve picked one of the safest and easiest recipes you can prepare today.
Check out this beautiful recipe and preparation instructions for “Butternut Squash Dog Treats” from the guys over at Cascadekennels
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.