The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.
The long answer: A member of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages, brussels sprouts are fiber-packed buds that can be served to your four-legged pet. They are loaded with vitamins K and C, which aids your dog’s immune system, circulatory system, and the skeletal system. Meanwhile, the antioxidants found in brussels sprouts help reduce inflammation, which may benefit older dogs with joint issues.
Brussels sprouts also improve digestive health by relieving constipation. However, even just a small amount may produce flatulence in your dog because of the high levels of raffinose found in them. Passing gas is a normal side effect, but the unpleasant smells might make you want to steer clear of your pet.
How to feed brussels sprouts to your dog: Start off by feeding only a fourth or a half of one bud, and see how your dog reacts to it. Do not feed him many buds in one sitting (only one to three pieces max depending on his size) or it may cause gastrointestinal upset and/or diarrhea.
Before feeding brussels sprouts to your canine, wash the sprouts, remove the hard stems, slice the buds in half, and lightly cook them so they retain their nutritional benefits. Never serve your dog raw brussels sprouts because they might be too tough to eat in this state. Also, do not include seasonings or herbs that may be harmful to your dog.
Here are three ideas for brussels sprouts your dog will love:
- Cook a few pieces of brussels sprouts with a dollop of olive oil.
- Boil the brussels sprouts for a few minutes, then add them to your dog’s meal.
- Steam and give them as treats if he enjoys the bitter taste.
In summary: Packed with vitamins K, C, A, B1, B6, manganese, potassium, and folate, brussels sprouts can be eaten and enjoyed by your dog in moderation. Feeding this to him once in a while will greatly aid in cleaning out his colon and strengthening his various systems. Aside from brussels sprouts, discover which other vegetables dogs can safely eat in our “can dogs eat” category.