If you’ve been dieting or have just been trying to eat healthier anytime as of late, you’ve probably tried to include something like zucchinis as part of your diet, mainly because they are ridiculously low in calorie count.
And now that you love this healthy, virtually-calorie-free food, you’re thinking about giving some to your furry friend. But, you’re wondering whether zucchinis are something your dog can safely eat or not.
So, what’s the deal?
Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
YES, as long as your dog isn’t allergic to zucchinis, they can safely have some!
However, there are a couple of pointers you have to watch out for before feeding your dog this green vegetable, so read on 🙂
How Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
You and I might not really like to eat raw zucchinis, but your dog will perfectly accept eating a few slices of raw zucchini.
Besides feeding your dog zucchini in raw form, you can properly cook zucchinis however you like, be it boil, steam, grill or bake, any of these forms will go down well with your dog.
You’ll want to stay away from frying any zucchinis and giving them to your dog to eat, because just as frying is bad for your health, the same holds true for your dog’s.
You don’t necessarily have to be restricted to giving your dog slices of zucchini as is, you can squash and mix them in as part of a meal they’re having.
How Much Zucchini Can Dogs Eat?
As long as you feed your dog zucchinis properly prepared and in moderate quantities, given the fact that your dog’s diet should be focused on high quality dog food and not human food because your dog must eat meat and not plants, you’ll be cleared to offer your dog zucchinis as a healthy and tasty snack from time to time.
If you haven’t tried feeding your dog zucchinis ever before and aren’t too sure whether they’re allergic to it or not, you can try feeding your dog a tiny amount at first and monitoring how they react to it.
If you see any changes in your dog, such as vomiting or diarrhea, then they’re probably allergic to zucchinis and you should stop feeding it to them.
However, if you don’t see any changes in your dog and everything remains normal, then your dog can properly digest zucchinis and you have nothing to worry about.
Why Is Zucchini Good For Dogs?
- Are rich in potassium, calcium, beta-carotene and folate
- Are rich in vitamin B and C
- Are extremely low in calories (just like cucumbers), which make them an excellent choice when you’re torn between maintaining your dog’s weight and handing them a tasty treat
- Are a great source of dietary fiber