Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower?

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Are you looking for new, healthy treats for your dog? Some vegetables can be a good option, and cauliflower is one of them. Like most people food, it comes with some caveats, but in moderation, cauliflower can be a healthy snack for your canine companion.

How to feed your dog cauliflower.

Feed your dog small amounts of cooked, unseasoned cauliflower. You can give your dog raw cauliflower, but it's more likely to give them gas, so there's really no good reason to do it.

You can steam, boil or roast the cauliflower for your dog. Cook it without any oil or butter — dogs don't need it, and it can upset their stomachs!

Words of warning about cauliflower.

Don't cook your cauliflower with garlic or onions, or any ingredients derived from them (e.g. garlic powder or onion powder). Onions and garlic are toxic to dogs, and can make them very sick.

Similarly, don't feed your dog frozen, canned, or jarred cauliflower (is that a thing?) that contains sodium or other seasonings. Many canned vegetables, as well as some frozen ones, are seasoned with large amounts of salt, which aren't good for your dog.

Lastly, don't feed your dog very much cauliflower. Just like with humans, cauliflower has the potential to make dogs gassy, which is unpleasant for everyone.

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Conclusion

Cooked, unseasoned cauliflower is safe to give your dogs in small amounts. Like with any people food, don't feed your dog too much, and keep an eye on your dog for any signs of digestive problems, like vomiting or diarrhea. If you do notice any of those symptoms, call your vet.