When it comes to fruits and vegetables, humans are supposed to have them in loads as a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Does the same go for dogs? The answer is sometimes! More specifically, when it comes to the fall-favorite squash, is it safe for dogs?
The answer is yes! Squash is safe and non-toxic to dogs.
How to introduce squash into your dog's diet?
It is recommended to gradually introduce squash into your dog's diet over time so that your dog can build up a tolerance. When a new food is consumed in moderation and remains a rare occurrence in your dog's diet, they should not have any digestive issues.
How should I serve squash to my dog?
The best way you can prepare squash for your dog is by properly cooking or baking it without seasonings. A dog's digestive system is not always the best at processing raw squash, which can lead to stomach aches, bloating, gas, and constipation.
It's also very important to not add any sodium, seasonings or toppings to the squash you give to your dog, as these can lead to toxicity forming in your dog's body.
Remove the skin and any seeds from the squash before feeding it to your dog, as these could both irritate their stomach. We recommend serving small cut pieces of cooked, unseasoned squash to your dog by adding it to a meal she is already excited about eating.
Squash can be a healthy additive to your dog's diet. However, it is important that you serve it properly and in small amounts when first introduced.
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.