Can I Feed Broccoli to My Dog?

January 1, 2020
• Updated 4 years ago
• 2 min read
High in fibre with lots of Vitamin A, C and K, with moderate amounts of B Vitamins and Manganese
Paw Grade:

Safe for feeding

Broccoli has a lot of nutrients that makes it one of the top vegetables! It is high in fibre with lots of Vitamin A, C and K, and with moderate amounts of B Vitamins and the mineral manganese. Low in fat and calories as well. Plus high level of anti-cancer oxidants, anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory agents. Broccoli can even help to clean your dog's teeth! You can also feed it raw or cooked to your dog, but remember to chop it into smaller pieces, as the stalk may be hard to crunch especially for senior dogs.

Just note 1 tiny tweeny potential risk of broccoli - if you feed your dog too much of this vegetable, it MAY pose a gastric irritant for your dog. This is because of an ingredient called Isothiocyanate found in broccoli!

Broccoli ideally should be around 5-10% of your dog's diet. 😉 But the actual amount will differ depending on the size of your dog. And every dog is different in terms of how well their tummies take to broccoli, so it is best to monitor their response if they are new to this vegetable!

Broccoli's key nutrient profile:

- Fibre helps in digestion and makes poop firmer and more solid.
- Vitamin A helps maintain immune system and vision.
- Vitamin C is a cofactor for enzymatic reactions and collagen synthesis.
- Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important in activating your dog's blood's ability to clot.
- The B group of vitamins play an important role in maintaining energy levels, enzyme functioning, glucose generation, red blood cell and nervous system function, hormone regulation, immune response, niacin synthesis, and gene activation.

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