The short answer: Yes, but in limited quantities.
The long answer: Lentils are edible seeds that belong to the legume family. They are grouped together with beans and peas because they all grow in pods. Lentils appear as small, lens-shaped seeds in various colours such as brown, red, green, and black.
When fed to your dog correctly, lentils can provide nutritional benefits such as fiber, protein, and iron. However, too much lentil may cause gastrointestinal upset. Flatulence and loose stools are two common side effects.
How to feed lentils to your dog: Do not feed your dog raw lentils. These contain lecithin, which may be toxic when consumed in large amounts.
Prepare lentils by soaking them in water to reduce your cooking time. Before cooking, be sure to rinse the seeds in cold water and remove any debris or shrivelled lentils.
Steam or boil lentils over thrice the volume of water. Do not add salt or any seasoning known to be harmful for your dog. Lentils can be cooked between 15 to 45 minutes depending on the type you buy.
Initially feed your dog a few pieces of cooked lentils and see how he reacts to it. If his stomach can handle it, you can serve him one to two tablespoons at a time.
Here are three ideas for lentil treats your dog will love:
- Try making this recipe of homemade ground turkey and lentil dry dog food!
- Your pup will give a happy woof after eating this lentil and flaxseed dog biscuit.
- Mash some cooked lentils and place it over your dog’s meal.
In summary: A good source of fiber and protein, cooked lentils may be a welcome addition to your dog’s diet. Consult with your veterinarian to find out how often lentils can be given to your pooch. Monitor the amount you give your canine so he does not end up with stomach-related problems.