Even though fruits and veggies seem like safe options for dogs, we always need to make sure. Carrots and apples are great for pups, but what about zucchini? Are these crisp and sweet veggies okay for dogs to snack on? The answer is yes! Zucchini is safe for dogs to eat!
Is zucchini good for dogs?
Zucchini is great for dogs! Zucchini is full of nutrients, delivers lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
While your dog doesn't need to eat vegetables for her health, zucchini is a great alternative to high-calorie treats like milk bones. It is low in fat and cholesterol and won't contribute to your dog's weight gain. Zucchini makes an excellent treat for a pup that needs to lose a little weight!
How much zucchini is too much?
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Zucchini might be low in calories, but don't run and make your dog go on a zucchini-only diet. All treats should be served in moderation!
Dogs stomachs will feel fine with a bit of zucchini, but too much can lead to digestive issues. Anytime you're introducing a new treat into your dog's diet, always observe them for any unusual behavior like vomiting or diarrhea.
Large pieces of zucchini can pose a choking hazard for dogs. Be sure to chop up the zucchini into small pieces so that they can chew and digest without hazard. It is not recommended to feed a dog an entire uncooked zucchini.
Should I serve my dog raw or cooked zucchini?
Humans usually enjoy seasoning their zucchini when baking or roasting vegetables, but this is not recommended when feeding to your dogs. Seasonings and salt can lead to health problems for dogs so it's best to feed this vegetable without seasonings.
When it comes to zucchini, you're in the clear! (Just make sure it's raw with no seasonings or salt.) Zucchini is filled with nutrients that will make your dog feel healthy and happy! With such a low-calorie count, it's a great snack for a dog on a diet.
Would you like to know more about the foods that your dog can and cannot eat? Start with this article about dogs and walnuts and then learn about how cranberries can be a tricky situation for your pup.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.