Yes, dogs can eat snap peas in limited amounts.
Snap peas or sugar snap peas are edible, round-shaped seeds found inside thick pods. They are a kind of pea that can be eaten raw or cooked. In the latter form, they are often served steamed or stir-fried. Aside from providing dietary fiber, snap peas are rich in vitamins A, C, B, and K. They are also a good source of beta-carotene, potassium, and magnesium.
Snap peas can be fed to your dog as long as he does not have kidney-related conditions. This is because the purine found in snap peas can cause complications. It is also important to control the amount of snap peas you serve your dog based on his size, weight, and nutritional needs. Overconsumption of sugar snap peas can lead to gas, bloating, and/or abdominal pain in canine pets.
How to feed snap peas to your dog: Speak with your veterinarian and get his recommendation before adding snap peas in your dog’s diet.
Technically speaking, the pod of snap peas can be eaten. But since it may be hard for smaller dogs to digest, it’s best to remove them and simply feed the seeds. You can cook the pods to make them softer, and mash the seeds to prevent choking or gastrointestinal blockage.
When cooking snap peas, do not include seasonings such as salt, garlic, onion, and other common condiments that may harm your dog. Wash the pods properly and remove the membranous string. Boil or steam the pods in water until they become soft enough to chew.
Here are three ideas for snap pea treats your dog will love:
- Chop the cooked pods and place them over your dog’s food as topping.
- Feed a seed or two from fresh pods taken from your garden.
- Give steamed snap peas as a post-training session reward.
In summary: Snap peas are legumes that you can add to your dog’s diet with your vet’s guidance. Various parts of his body such as his eyes, skin, heart, stomach, and nerves can all benefit from eating this fibrous plant.
Aside from snap peas, learn which other human foods you can safely give your canine pet under our “can dogs eat” blog category.