Does your dog love the taste of rhubarb but you aren’t sure whether it’s healthy for him or not? There are certain parts of rhubarb that are safe for your pet to eat, while other parts he should avoid.
Benefits of Rhubarb To dogs
magnesium, vitamins C and K, and potassium. Rhubarb is also low in cholesterol and sodium, making them perfect for the health of your dog.
In order to fix safe snacks for your dog, make sure you peel the leaves off. Peeling the plant entirely isn’t necessary because fibers are softened when cooked.
It’s worth mentioning that rhubarb isn’t rich in sugar. However, it has been used to prepare some traditional American desserts. And because it’s low in sugar, your dog can have some, in moderation.
Drawbacks of rhubarb to dogs
Interestingly, the stalks of the plant are the only edible things to dogs; the leaves are extremely poisonous. If rhubarb is exposed to cold, the toxic acids in the leaves can pass to the stalks, making the whole plant toxic to your dog and accordingly inedible.
So, make sure you store the rhubarbs in a warm place, i.e. the temperature wherein they can naturally grow.
When To Worry
If you notice any of the following symptoms after your dog eats rhubarb, you should contact the vet right away.
- 1Decreased appetite.
- 2Changes in urination.
- 3Abnormal drooling.
Can dogs eat pies containing rhubarb?
If your dog loves the taste of rhubarb pies, don’t worry; eating from such sweets isn’t unhealthy, taking into consideration the amount he has eaten. Because they’re rich in sugar, which is not a good component in dogs’ diet, they can cause diabetes and/or obesity to your dog if he overeats them.
In a nutshell, eating rhubarb isn’t toxic to your dog so long as he eats the stem because leaves are poisonous.