Can Dogs Eat Quinoa?

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Quinoa is a simple seed with a fancy name that is a yummy and nutritious addition to most people's diets. Although it's just fine for us human folk, is quinoa safe for dogs to eat? Let's find out!

Can dogs eat quinoa?

In short, yes! Just like humans, dogs greatly benefit from the nutrients found in quinoa. The healthy seed is actually an ingredient in some high quality dry dog foods. Quinoa is a superfood alternative to the corn, wheat, and soy that are found in most dog foods.

Benefits of quinoa for dogs.

Quinoa is a gluten free seed with high levels of amino acids, calcium, and protein. The protein and carbohydrates found in the seed are great for active dogs, aiding them in keeping up their energy and readiness to play!

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How to prepare quinoa for your dog.

Be sure to thoroughly wash and cook the quinoa before feeding it to your dog. There is a chemical on the seed called saponin that is a bit toxic and more dangerous for dogs than people. You want to make sure it is removed before your furry friend chows down.

If you plan on having quinoa as well, keep your plate to yourself and make a separate serving for your dog instead of sharing. Seasonings such as salt or garlic used in human dishes can be toxic for your dog so he will need his own non-seasoned serving of quinoa.

How much quinoa is safe?

Like with any new food you introduce to your dog, start with small amounts and monitor your dog's reaction to the food, if any, before increasing serving sizes. In general, quinoa should be served to dogs in small amounts. Use caution and consult your veterinarian with any questions.

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Concerns about quinoa for dogs.

The amount of saponin that is found on quinoa is usually too small to cause any problems; but again, you want to make sure the quinoa is thoroughly rinsed and cooked just to be on the safe side.

If your dog experiences vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation after eating quinoa, this could be a reaction to the saponin or the seed itself. If these problems arise, refrain from feeding it to your dog and call your veterinarian for information on how to restore his health.

Conclusion

Just like humans, dogs can greatly benefit from the protein, amino acids, and calcium found in quinoa. If your dog is new to the food, make sure to monitor his behavior after he first eats it and always start with small amounts. If there is no evidence of adverse side effects, then let your furry friend chow down on this delicious and nutritious dietary addition!

Learn more about your dog's diet by scrolling through this article about canines and peas, and then find out why ham can be harmful to your best friend.