Yes, they can. While dogs don’t require vegetables in a well-balanced diet, they can certainly make a nice treat sometimes.
Even though children seldom want to eat their veggies, some dogs are more than willing to chow down on leafy greens. We often tend to dip our celery in peanut butter or ranch to make a tasty treat, but be wary of giving your dog dipping sauces. Instead, just give them the celery plain. If they like it, they won’t mind a bit!
How Much Celery Can My Dog Eat?
As with most treats, especially the fruit and vegetable variety, your dog should not consume more than ten percent of their daily diet. This varies based on the individual dog’s size and weight.
For example, if your dog eats two cups of food a day, you shouldn’t give your dog more than an eighth-cup of celery each day. It can be difficult to measure when doling out celery sticks to your pooch but try chopping up the celery. It will make it easier for the dog to eat and you’ll be able to keep track of how much you’ve given them. Alternatively, you could consult with your vet about the appropriate amount of celery for a nice treat.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Celery?
Sure. Celery is part of the parsley family and often consumed as a garnish on a salad, soup, or portable snack. Most celery is eaten raw and cooking it neither removes any of its benefits, nor makes it any safer. It’s a crunchy and yummy snack for both humans and our canine friends.
The only thing to watch out for is what seasonings or sauces you’ve applied to the celery. If you plan to give some to your pup, make sure to only give them plain celery. Sauces and spices that we enjoy on our celery may be harmful for your dog.
If you want to give your dog something a little extra with their celery, you can give a very small amount of peanut butter, but you should double-check the ingredients first! Xylitol, a common ingredient in many brands of peanut butter, is extremely toxic for dogs and should not be given in any amount. Instead, look for peanut butter that doesn’t contain Xylitol. It still isn’t a good idea to give very much, even without the Xylitol, but it’s much safer than the alternative to make the celery that much more tasty. If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for toy poodles.
What Are The Benefits Of Celery For Dogs?
Celery is the ultimate diet food for humans and dogs are no exception. Low in both calories and fat, celery can make for an ideal treat for the willing pup who needs to watch their weight. Besides helping your pooch achieve a slim, svelte figure, celery also has vitamins A, B, and C. These can help fight certain types of cancer and help keep your dog’s heart healthy.
It’s also a great source of fiber! That can be helpful if your pooch is constipated or has trouble with bowel movements. In addition, crunching on this green snack can help freshen your dog’s breath; something all dog owners can agree is a major benefit.
However, be wary of giving entire sticks to your pup. Like other small, hard foods, celery can pose a choking hazard, depending on your dog’s size. Instead, chop it up into smaller pieces. That will make it easier to swallow and digest. Offer one or two pieces first, to make sure your pooch reacts well to the treat. If so, feel free to offer up the rest of the stick.
Is My Dog Allergic To Celery?
Food accounts for ten percent of all dog allergies, so you should always closely monitor your pup when feeding them something new. Although most dogs aren’t allergic to celery, there are some definitive symptoms you should watch out for when you feed your dog celery for the first time. It will likely manifest as diarrhea, excessive gas, or, in rare cases, anaphylactic shock. In the last case, take your pet immediately to the emergency room for treatment. Be cautious when trying new foods with your pup and you’ll both enjoy dinner time a lot more! If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for Yorkshire terriers.