The short answer: Yes, but with caution.
The long answer: Asparagus is chock-full of nutrients such as vitamins C, K, and E, folate, beta-carotene, and manganese. High in fiber but low in calories, this light green vegetable can be consumed by your dog to fight against eye problems and promote healthy organ function.
However, there are some risks involved in feeding asparagus to your dog. For one, raw asparagus may be tough for some dogs to eat, especially the younger ones. The hard stalks may be a choking hazard, they may also give him gas or cause indigestion.
Another possible issue is that the scent of your pet’s pee will change, making him want to avoid his pee or going in his usual spot. Don’t be alarmed with the distinct, sulfur-like smell though. This is normal due to the asparagusic acid your dog flushes out, and happens to us humans when we eat asparagus as well.
How to feed asparagus to your dog: Asparagus should be served to your dog as a treat and not as a part of his regular diet. Because of the tough shoots, it is best to grill or boil them with no added seasonings or heavy sauces. Poke a fork through the shoots to check if they’re soft enough.
Before serving asparagus to your dog, chop the shoots into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Serve him one piece and see if he’ll be able to consume it without difficulty before giving him the rest.
Here are three ideas for asparagus treats your dog will love:
- Here’s a homemade dog food recipe using beef, asparagus, and peas.
- Add a bit of flavor to your dog’s boiled asparagus by adding a drop of olive oil or flaxseed oil. The oil will help condition his coat and skin!
- Create delicious and nutritious turkey meatballs with chopped asparagus in them.
In summary: Asparagus may not be the perfect vegetable for pups who have a hard time chewing or digesting hard food. Boiling or grilling it gives your dog a chance to expand his vegetable choices and try new textures. Its high fiber content is also great for dogs who are trying to shed some weight. Aside from asparagus, discover which other vegetables dogs can safely eat in our “can dogs eat” category.